Sunday, January 08, 2017

January 2017 ~ week 1

 Hello from a country that has been long unheard from -- I have decided to try out posting on my blog again...we shall see how it goes.

We started the new year with a whole week of school break ahead of us.  Abigail and I got out one of our favorite movie snacks (while we watched some Pride and Prejudice) -- chips and cream cheese!
Mindy enjoyed one of the new Christmas toys...just in case you wondered, this is how much of a sixteen-pound cat will fit inside a Barbie tent.  I'm pretty sure she thought she was completely hidden. :)
We have enjoyed lots of cat snuggles during our days off.  The cats love it when we stay home and make our laps available!
 This weekend has been great fun -- we've had a winter wonderland!
 Abigail discovered that you never turn your back to someone who is sledding down a hill.  David hollered warnings and tried to swerve, but to no avail!  Fortunately, it was all laughter and no tears.  There was a layer of ice under the snow, so David had to help Abigail get on her feet again!
 I filled the birdfeeders just before the snowstorm hit -- the beautiful birds have made good use of it and I have thoroughly enjoyed watching them.
Our house looks so pretty with snow on it!
When the weather forecast started buzzing earlier in the week with rumors of snow on the way, I decided to leave the outside Christmas lights up a little longer than normal.  It paid off -- oh, so pretty!
 All three cats know how to ride out a snowstorm -- find places of warmth and patches of sun!
After we took the kids sledding and enjoyed the novelty of a snowy day, we came back inside and hunkered down...and I finished a knitting project.  It has been a while since I made a hat, and this one has quite a few messed-up modified spots, but it's close enough to make me happy!
After we put away our Christmas decorations, we rearranged our living room furniture, so now I have a nice, organized area by my chair that keeps my knitting accessible and also makes it easy to pull up my spinning wheel.  I have high hopes for creative productivity in 2017!
 Today found us with church services canceled as our whole area is still snowed/iced in and the better part of wisdom when this happens is to stay home and avoid the unnecessary risk.  Our southern winter equipment (the sun!) has started its work, but needs another day and some higher temperatures to make it safe to get on the roads again.  This "bonus day" at home has been full of wonderful family time and extra rest...and Bruce's Chicago-style deep-dish pizza!


Delighted Hands said...

What a wonderful find-the blog is alive again!!! Welcome back!
So much fun-thanks for the peek into your snow adventures-good fun and I had a laugh at the fall, Abigail, as soon as I read you weren't hurt! Kitty love is always good-I couldn't SEE Mindy; she hid well!
I like the knitting/spinning area!
The house does look pretty covered in snow by day and bright lights at night!
The pizza is torture to just look at, Bruce! Glad you all enjoyed it!

Bethany said...

It was nice to see your blog pop up in my reader today! It looks like you enjoyed your break together!

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