Monday, December 31, 2012

A Visit to Lake Alexander

The day was crisp and clear.  It was a fine day to get outside and get some snowshoeing in!

I decided to hike up to Lake Alexander.  In the summer it is quiet and green...

Now it is cold and white.

I headed up the trail, climbing for a while.  The snow was powdery - perfect for snowshoes!

Enjoy the scenery!

Saturday, December 29, 2012


Another  6 inches of snow.  It has been falling all day.  Magic . . .

Enjoy . . .

Friday, December 28, 2012

Cold Comfort

We spent the Christmas holiday visiting warmer climates than those around here.  It was snowing when we left here, but traveled to the Caribbean.  We enjoyed warm weather and palm trees.

It was nice to feel a warm sun on our faces and to see green plants.  Still, I felt slightly empty.  I guess I am a traditionalist.  I just like the snow and want a white Christmas.

We came home to the remnants of a snowstorm  We got about 10 inches of snow.  I had to brush the car off at the airport, drive home on sloppy,slippery roads.  It was about 10:00 PM when we got home, and then I had to plow the driveway enough to get the car into the garage.

I awoke this morning and finished the snow removal.

I finally got to use the snow blower I bought last year. I prefer plowing with the tractor, but the snow blower really helps with heavy piles.

I noted the deer had been traveling through the yard.  I think their population has really increased around here this past year.  We never had problems with them in the garden in the past, and had rarely seen their tracks until the lean-times in the late winter.

I finished up the shoveling, filled the bird feeders, and then came inside to enjoy a pot of coffee.  Surprisingly, I found it just as relaxing being in the home enjoying the snow as I did sitting in the sun down in the Caribbean.  

To each their own...

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Northern Pike

This is the time of year I get some free time to do a few projects in the workshop.  Nothing fancy, just some puttering around working on a craft or two.

I had seen a primitive norther pike carving at the Shelburne Museum gift shop a while ago.  I decided to make one.

It was a little chilly in the workshop.  I could see my breath condensing, so I turned on the propane heater.  When we get into February, I will need to wear gloves, even with the heater (I should insulate the workshop one of these years...).

I got a 20 inch a piece of (relatively) straight grained 2 x 4 and drew out the basic shape.  I roughed out the pattern on the band saw.  I will need to make the fins with either thin panels or metal sheeting.

On to the draw knife.  After about 20 minutes I had a nice pile of shavings and a rough shape.    

The propane gave out just as I was ready to start to plan for the fins.

Time to go refill the propane tank.  The pike will have to wait . . .

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Small Town Christmas Shopping

We went to the big box stores two weeks ago for some holiday shopping.  It was okay, but I just don't get a sense of the season when I walk through a shopping mall.  We then went shopping last weekend in Owego, NY.  It has a nice, old-town feel.

The sidewalks are decorated.  There are all sorts of local, small, unique stores.

There were choral groups and bands playing.  The sounds of Christmas music filled the area.

The architecture in the downtown is interesting.  You have to remember to look up.

  You never know what you'll find around the corner - maybe even an old ghost sign!

I'd rather be shopping in a small town!  How about you?

Saturday, December 1, 2012

The First Coating of Snow

We've had snow flurries and some blustery weather the last few weeks, but not enough to really stick.  We got about an inch of snow yesterday.  I know a lot of people don't like to see the first real snow, but it makes me happy.

The creek is running well.  The water is too warm to start freezing yet . . .

The lichens on the rock wall by the ramp to the hay mow seem just fine in the cold . . .

The old barn sleeps peacefully . . .

The garden beds are also asleep.  We planted garlic bulbs in late October and were surprised they already sprouted!  We had warmer-than-normal weather in early November.  I'm sure the garlic will be fine next spring.

The temperatures are expected to rise over 50 degF the next few days.  I like to see the snow.  It helps set the mood for the holidays . . .