Monday, January 13, 2014

On the back side of Ion Storm last week...

Our bird friends stopped by for a few seeds during the sub 0 temps and snow last week.

Our back yard was a beautiful scene...but I am ready to see the flowers and green grass.

I know we got over a foot of snow last week.  Danny removed snow from the roof on Friday before the predicted rain to prevent the roof from having too much weight on it.  

Sunday morning we had 10 squirrels at our feeders  

We have enjoyed a warm up the last 4 days, snow is melting and we had some rain.  Many were on the lake fishing Sunday afternoon.

This last week reminded me of the storm we had in Missouri last February, you can see pictures in my older post of Rocky packed a punch.

We got in more supplies yesterday, getting ready for the next snow that was reported to come with rain on Monday.  ....But we had a nice day in the low 40s without snow or rain....but we always have tomorrow!
Cleaning, knitting, and baking...staying busy.  My days of retired life seem to fly by.
God bless friends and family!

Friday, January 3, 2014

My Squirrel Friends Showed Up for Breakfast

It is 12 degrees below zero this morning here at Fine View Acres.  The Sun is shining...whahooooo!  It is warming up slowly and no snow last night!

I got up to find my squirrel friends eating at the feeders...I love to watch them eat, play, and burro under the snow to find something to eat.

A little black squirrel has been under the snow to tunnel in the feeder.

We have had 3 gray squirrels at the feeder at one time and up to 5 black squirrels here.

But this is one of my favorites...look at Miss Fancy's tail...the tip is white.

The Blue Jays made it for breakfast too!    There is 3 of them gobbling down the seeds.  They actually make the squirrels leave.  Mean but so pretty!

Thanks for stopping by but if you want any breakfast have to get here before the other squirrels and birds....God Bless you all day long!

Thursday, January 2, 2014

First Blog of 2014

Playing catch up already in is a hodge podge post.  It is cold outside and getting colder with lots of snow!  So most of my activity is inside!

Ice then snow and more snow and we have our electricity  back on after loosing it for 6 days during the ice storm of 2013.  We made it but talk about the challenges.  After we got the electricity back on we had a couple of nice days and then the snow started falling. On New Years Eve I sat in the living room looking down at the lake and it was lightly snowing, people had their huts up ice fishing, others were cross country skiing across the lake with their dogs running by their sides.  The next thing I could not see the lake or the people.  It was like a white curtain had come up between me and the lake.   The snow falling has been beautiful.  So I have enjoyed staying inside cleaning, knitting, still unpacking and working on my studio, dyeing wool, spinning, and enjoying my time with Danny in a warm home with electricity.

Macy Sue is helping me to knit Angie a wool hat that I will be fulling as soon as I am done.

more knitting...Macy Sue wants my total attention...

About done but Macy gave up on me and went to sleep.

This is the knitted hat laying on the floor beside a sheet of is huge!
After washing the knitted hat in hot soapy water with lots of Agitation, and then doing some shaping...Angie's hat is done and drying!

I am also knitting myself a new gray scarf with a little bling!

I also finished a pair of heavy weight wool socks from yarn I spun from my own sheep's wool.

Have you ever lost something and you felt like things just can not be complete until you find it?  In my kitchen I have hens, chickens, blue fruit jars and old tins but one old tin was very important to me...the Uneeda Biscuits...Aunt Glenda brought that to me years ago from Michigan because I loved  biscuits made by Grandma.  The little tin had sat on a shelf in my kitchen in Laredo and then in the old farmhouse kitchen.  I packed things in such  a hurry while trying to work and I had wrapped the tin up and put it in a box that I just found while unpacking things for my studio in the basement...I was in tears, jumping for joy.  My Aunt Glenda died 2 years ago, how I wish I had been moved to Michigan so we could have spent more time together.  Memories of Aunt Glenda will always be with me as long as I have my memory and my little biscuit tin...the other tins were in my Grandmother Cooper's kitchen when she moved to town from the old farm.

The old wood stove in the corner in the TV room downstairs was here when we moved.  Danny wanted to take it out but I wanted to keep it in case we ever needed it for heat...well, we went 6 days with an electric heater in the upstairs and we never built a fire so I think it is safe to decorate it with some of Danny's old toy tractors and pictures!

The yarn and pattern are sitting on the shelf, just waiting on me to get started .  Got to finish the gray scarf first.

Unpacked some more family pictures and started making downstairs feel more like a home.

Christmas day without baking all morning for me but we had a BBQ'd ham with green beans, jello salad and deviled eggs.  Evan had on his Steve's sweater and loved unwrapping presents.  He wanted his Papa to help him.

The dogs wanted to help Evan unwrap his gifts and he was OK with that...they are his buddies.

wow! A red Chevy Pick up...

with a trailer

and it has working headlights and makes motor sounds

Got more presents to open?

Macy Sue headed to the guest bedroom for a nap!

A little purple finch posed for me since I filled her feeder!  Today the snow has stopped and the temps are dropping.

Beautiful blessing from God!

Tuesday, December 24, 2013


Merry Christmas from our home to your home.

As we celebrate the joy of Christmas we can multiply that joy and celebration throughout the coming year by extending it to others through our loving service.
God Bless everyone and praying that each of you have a New Year full of Hope, Love, Joy, Peace, Good Health. and Prosperity!

Monday, December 23, 2013

Living in a Winter Wonder Land

Saturday afternoon it started raining and then raining and freezing...which resulted in ice on the trees and light lines.  I let the dogs out about 11PM in the backyard, I could hear trees cracking, breaking and hitting the ground.  I also heard a very loud explosion to the West and then to the East.  Probably transformers because our electricity went out at 4:30 AM Sunday morning.  We have a generator and there is a plug for a generator in the garage...only thing is the plug in is an older model than our generator so we had to run cords from the patio in so we could have a heater and a light.

Our backyard and neighbor' little pine looks awful and it has stood so pretty and straight.  I use this little tree's needles in some of my Christmas decorations.

on Hickory Rd

this is behind our house...on the street to get to Danny's Garage

so pretty but so troublesome for so many people

the holly in front of our house

The wreath I hung on the birdfeeder
Squirrels are digging up their nuts and really chowing down on the bird seed

the birds are eating us out of house at home

before the ice, Danny removed the snow daily for about a week or two
Evan was over last Friday and he was checking out the gifts!

Empty cookie I made Apricot/Cran oatmeal cookies Friday before the ice storm

table decorations on the table...ready to make the cookies

Gave neighbors cookies and Danny said they were the best cookies that he had ever had...Good Man!
My new Bible Danny ordered for me came!  I have started rereading the Bible and doing daily Bible study and prayer.  I enjoy the facts that Dr. David Jereminah has in his new study Bible.  I love the way he sticks to what the Bible says.  I get his leather bound devotional every year.  He is a blessing to me.

I have one single light on in the house, sit by the heater at the dining room table studying my Bible.  Reminds me of times spent in the old farm house.

I would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year.

Merry Christmas from our homes to your home!