Monday, December 29, 2008

Merry Christmas (late)

Ooh, it sure has been a while since I blogged last. Sorry about that. First I was shopping, etc. Then, a bunch of other stuff happened. Jeffy has not been feeling well and he had stuff done with his teeth on December 15 (really expensive stuff). I hope he feels better soon. He just looks so sad. Our Christmas tree fell over on December 17 at 5:30 in the morning. Only 5 ornaments broke, but it's not a nice way to be awoken. It took 5 hours to put it back up. It looks better now, since I could rotate a bad spot to the back, but I didn't need that to happen then.

I hope everyone had a nice Christmas and holiday season. I will not be sad to see 2008 leave us, as it has been a bad year since June for a lot of us. The hits just keep coming.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Deja vu?

Okay, the weathermen better stop saying that the almost record snow we had last year couldn't happen twice in a row. I think Mother Nature is taking that commentary as a personal challenge to see if we can break the old record. Today we received 11.5 inches of snow in Oshkosh. It wasn't really bad shovelling it, but I must confess we had help from the nice neighbor guy, Scott, who dug out the driveway and shovelled the front walk. Paulette and I both called in to work today because of the snow. It was a fun day, except for the shovelling part. I got to button hole #2 on my right sweater front. Yippee.

Here are pictures:

Here's a picture of Mother Nature's good start to try and beat last winter's tunnel of snow in the driveway. That picture is from February 2008. The snow in this picture looks eerily similar--and it's only December. Yikes.

Here's the start of one of the giant snowpiles at the end of the driveway. How big will it get this year?

I gotta go now-the dryer is calling me and that means my Christmas jammies are dry. I want to put them on and knit some more. More from snowland soon......

Monday, December 8, 2008

Welcome to Christmasland

Well, we got our tree on Friday. Here are pictures:

Here is Paulette being eaten by our Christmas tree (she is actually cutting it down).

Here's a much cuter picture of her.

Eek! Who is that?

We have a good time going to the tree farm. I didn't go sledding this year with the sled they give you for the tree. We could have used our snowshoes, though. Holy cow, what a lot of snow. We have been going to the same tree farm for 19 years, Heritage Christmas Tree Farm in Wild Rose. Robin, the owner, told us that next year is their 20th year owning the farm!

Here is the finished product:

On the knitting front, St. Nicholas (aka Paulette) got me this yarn from the Loopy Ewe:

It is Lorna's Laces "Team Spirit" sport weight. Hmm, whose team colors could those be? Maybe I need to knit it into something to help our team.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Back to normal

Well, it's day 2 back at work and it feels pretty good to be normal again. The cats are liking it. I can actually think about other things besides election stuff. Yippee.

Knitters are good people. Paula, one of our fellow recounters, is a knitter. She sent me the following items in the mail:

Felted acorns. Aren't they cool? (Sorry about the bad picture)

Handspun yarn she bought. It is fingering weight--there are 500 yards of it!

This beautiful sparkly yarn from the Great Adirondak Yarn Co. There are 100 yards of it in worsted weight. The picture doesn't do it justice.

Winter (which isn't even officially here yet) sure is starting off with a bang. We had 4.5 inches of snow last week, a couple more the other day and now we are supposed to get 5 more tonight and tomorrow. My snowshoes are feeling happy. I better go down and check the bindings on them to make sure they are ready for fun.

Last night Jeffy (see picture below) decided he wanted turkey from Thanksgiving. He stood up and removed a couple of items from the refrigerator while I was putting water in there. I gave him some of course, since he put in all that effort. Yes, he is looking really old in the picture below. He is 15 years old, which is 74 in people years. He has taken to sleeping behind his chair. I think he's waiting for the Christmas tree which we are getting on Friday.