Old Man…

Old Man winter has arrived!

Yesterday was our first snow storm of the season. Surprisingly the Ridge didn’t get as much snow as other parts of the province but there is enough to play and slide in so that’s all that really matters.

My boy adores the snow and spends much of his time looking exactly like this.

Molly on the other hand is getting older and can be seen shivering when she’s been outside for a while. I caved and bought her a winter jacket this year that will hopefully keep the cold off a bit.

Shepherd’s have such deep chests though and getting a jacket to fit right is challenging. There may be a hand knit sweater in her future as well.

My girl has been enjoying the snow too. Her favourite snow activities include shovelling and clearing off the car haha How long will that last?

A snowy day is also a perfect time to do some swatching, frogging of old projects and finishing up current projects in time for a fresh start in the new year.

What are you plans for the final weeks of 2013?

Camping- Fall Brook Falls

Hey everyone its me Boss!

Last month mum and dad picked up this wicked trailer to go camping in and I think its totally awesome!

In fact I think its sooo great that I try my best to keep Moolee out of it….. *she’s the boss though so it doesn’t always work out in my favour.*

So this is our camper, a 1970 Prowler!!

We took it out for our second trip *mum will tell you about the 1st trip some other time* last weekend and it was so much fun.

We headed out on a short hike to Fall Brook Falls, home to the province’s largest waterfall.

It was a slippery trek getting to the Falls with all those beautiful leaves on the path,

but I led the way and of course had no problems.

The pictures don’t seem like much but….

when Uncle Neill got up close you could really see how huge it was!

I of course had to go inspect it myself!

I let T tag along too.

I was glad Dad’s Aunt and Uncle could come with us.

They are pretty cool and I like hanging out with them.

I went for a nice dip after all that hiking…

Molly the garden gnome of course stayed with Dad!

Such a beautiful part of the province that I can’t wait to sniff  I mean discover more.

More camping adventure’s coming up…

Day 30 – Crafting Companion

Day 30 – Crafting Companion

A month of Craft Photo’s

Day 29  was your last FO and I know you all saw my last one so I opted out of day 29 and used the extra day.

This is one of my crafting companion’s.

Crafting, for me, happens at naptime or bed time. These are also the times that my crafting companion’s choose to sleep so I usually have two large lumps laying on the floor while I work.

It is a nice peaceful time!

So that’s the end of A Month of Craft Photo’s. It was fun and challenging at times. I’m glad I stuck it out but I’m also glad to be done, blogging every day is tiring!

That being said a picture and a few sentences is a nice way to blog the little things that don’t take up a full post. You can expect more like that in the future!

Can you believe we are now in the last month of winter…. roll on sunshine!!

Sliding

We were supposed to get a big storm yesterday… everything was cancelled…. but our 10-15 cms of snow only amounted to a few inches in the end with lots of freezing rain. I was excited at the prospect of actually HAVING some snow this winter that didn’t end up getting washed away by rain the very next day but again luck wasn’t going to go my way.

Freezing rain however is better than rain… at least for sliding!

As you can see the dogs love to get in on the action too.

Poor Molly couldn’t get the brakes on fast enough, the ice was playing havoc with her back legs.

Then of course there is the chase!

I can remember growing up we had farmers fields behind our house with an access road that ran into them from our driveway, now this is teen years I’m talking so it was when we lived here in Canada. When everything was iced over and hard we used to zing down that road on crazy carpets with not a fear in the world. We would be out there for hours at a time surfing, going down head first and of course making jumps. It’s a wonder I still have all my bones in tack not to mention my teeth.

T of course picked up on the love for sliding right away. Sliding down and then gun hoe to get right back up that hill and slide again.

5 or so more inches of snow wouldn’t go a miss and would  help out our efforts when trying to avoid running into tree’s and large rocks!

It’s also a  little hard to get stopped right now digging your heels into the ice.

Nevertheless it was a great way to spend the morning with my two favourite people!

Our driveway is a complete sheet of ice right now, we could easily skate on it.

We have before!

AHEMMMM!

Molly wanted to let you all know its SNOWING!!!!

To those of you that have been griping about NOT having snow *cough cough* MONIKA! You are welcome to come play in my yard.

It started to snow this morning on our walk round the loop and it’s still coming down. The forecast shows rain for this afternoon but I’m hoping that it will continue to snow for us where we are so high up.

The ground is starting to freeze making these big ice heaves we like to call ice crystals. The dogs love to eat them.

Yesterday I made 90 Oreo balls and 2 dozen chocolate rice krispie treats to sell to raise money for a friend who just found out they have eye cancer. Moose took them to work with him and I told him not to bring ANY home!

Here’s the recipe just in case you want to make some, they are delic!

        Ingredients:

  • 1 pack of Oreo cookies
  • 1 block of soft cream cheese
  •  candy melts or baking chocolate
  • some parowax to thin out the chocolate and give them a nice shine

Grind the entire package of Oreo’s up in a blender or food processor. Our blender broke a while back so I used the old-fashioned throw them in a Ziploc bag and beat the tar out of them with a hammer. Worked well :)

Melt chocolate in a double broiler or small slow cooker pot add parowax as needed.

Pour in a bowl and add cream cheese mixing it in with your hands until you get a dough like consistency.

Roll into small balls and place on a baking sheet covered with wax paper.

Place them in the freezer for approx 20 minutes until they are hard.

Pick up each ball with a toothpick and dip them in the chocolate, you’ll probably have to use a spoon if it’s a bit thick.

Place in the freezer again to harden the chocolate and Volia!

A dozen of these in a cookie tin would make a perfect gift.

Firsts

I’m so glad I took pictures of Julissa when I did.

That evening it started to snow and the next morning I woke up to this….

T and I took advantage of all that white fluffiness.

She took her first sled right of the season around the loop,


and built her first ever snowman!

She chose what we would use to decorate him while Boss and Molly worked on destroying him…. Boss stole his arms multiple times, Molly was digging into his side trying to get Boss to play with her and they both started to eat his mouth that was made of crab apples.

He managed to survive until the afternoon. T woke up from her nap, looked out the window and declared ” OH NO! WE HAVE TO STAND HIM UP!” The only snow left in the yard was that of a crumpled snowman.

There will be plenty more snowmen I am sure. We’re predicted to get another dumping on wednesday.

Busy Busy Busy

Things are super busy right now.

  • T is back into the swing of her Fall activities
  • We have been running here there and everywhere.
  • I’ve been wrapping up test knits
  • Packing for Knit East this weekend
  • Blocking a shawl for a swap at Knit East
  • Preparing to leave my baby overnight for the first time
  • Thinking about a mindless project to take with me
  • Not to mention laundry, and general house cleaning too.

But in the midst of it all I dropped everything when T requested a picnic lunch.

This is the second day in a row we have enjoyed a picnic lunch outside. We have been having beautiful weather these past few days and I wasn’t about to say no to some time in the sun with my girl.

We of course had a few other attendee’s at the picnic…

One has to be watched very carefully, he has a sniffer like no other and just can’t resist when it comes to food.

The other is more laid back but she certainly wasn’t about to miss out if Boss took the plunge.

We enjoyed some great outdoor time, playing in the sand box and getting some raking done.

Now that naptime has arrived I better get back to getting things done around here.

Wheelin

Just in case you all think that we are frolicking around on bare grass with no snow in sight, think again!

We suited T up, the wind was frigid, for a little trek on the 4 wheeler. She hates to wear her mittens, too restrictive maybe, so we pulled on a pair of mine which she enjoyed wearing.

We headed up a  logging road that was cut a few years ago right across from our house. The snow was iced over so it was smooth sailing as we drove along.

Boss was in heaven tracking lots of new smells and peeing on every tree he could find

while Molly likes to guard the family bring up the rear.

We stopped for a few pics but that T she likes to BRRRM BRRRM! so we kept on truckin.

Bright, it was very very bright out!

One last romp before we headed back to the house.

You can see our garage on the left if you look closely.

Thankfully we took T for several trips during the weekend because the snow is soft again. We won’t be able to go there again until the snow is gone.

Spring has sprung

Today may be the first day of Spring but last weekend was definitely the beginning of Spring on The Ridge. The road is finally clear of snow and ice so we look the dogs for a good hike down the road.

T realized that she could now walk on the driveway without slipping and sliding. She took off up and down the driveway a million times, she loves to be outside.

Daddy and his helper repaired the snow plows damage to the garbage box

with plenty of hug breaks!

Then right back to work.

The front gate also provided hours of fun.

We were all a little tired by the end of the weekend but the much needed outdoor play was worth it.

Bring on the warm weather!

Snow

I feel that I must indulge all of you to a little trip to The Ridge for a moment.

I’ve  been seeing a lot of *Spring* type  posts, ahem Preeti, there are others but for the life of me I can’t seem to find them right now. It isn’t anywhere close to being Spring  on The Ridge….  Let me show you around a bit and you’ll see where I am coming from.

This is the current view from my window. A gazillion  feet of snow and my snow dog on top of it. I can’t even see the vehicles parked in the driveway anymore. Next year Moose is definitely plowing snow away from my window!

This is the fence that lines our front yard.

Fence you say? What fence!
There’s a four foot fence hidden along the entire frontage of our house. It runs perpendicular to the part of the fence you can see.
There is a good 5-6 feet of snow out there now. The bank along the road side is much taller now than in this picture. The snow plow is doing a good job at topping it up everyday.

This is the deck. Deck… what deck you say?? Got you again. Look closely and you will see the top of Boston’s head, yeah he’s on the deck that it completely covered to the top of the railing with snow. Later that day the dogs walked over the deck while we were gone and hung out in the yard.

The day the dogs walked off the deck onto the snow we had just pulled in the yard with my dad’s snowblower so we could blow off the deck. I guess they must have overheard what we were about to do and took that opportunity to jump it….ahem walk it.

Moose had to dig a tunnel from the front yard to the deck so he could clear it. Here he is  at the beginning of the tunnel dig. He began with a shovel and quickly moved to the snowblower. SO MUCH SNOW!!

Boss loves the snow. He can’t wait for this weekend when we are forecast to receive 20+ more cms.

All the better to survey your land with.