Friday, February 15, 2019

Winter Sneak Attack

We were doing just fine without any snowfall this year.  February wanted to catch up for months of mild weather by hitting us with low freezing temps and a couple snow storms that broke our record all the way back to 1923!  

I was as prepared as I could be.  Only one extended power outage due to trees and power lines down across our entrance road overnight made it a little uncomfortable.  I needed to scoop snow and fill the ice chests to put the fridge and freezer food in, out in the mudroom.  This is a perfect way to preserve your food by the way. Outside temps were cooler than a refrigerator.
I of course have a large wood stove and a woodshed near the house.

I shoveled the decks and steps several times and dug a path out to the road.  Moved the car down there early on.  Each new accumulation I would eyeball a measurement.  I'd say we got about 30 inches of snow over a three day period.  Most I've ever had up here in 20 years, let alone in my whole life!

So here are some photos in different stages of the mess.


Thursday, January 3, 2019

Happy New Year!

OMG, it's 2019!  Where has the time gone?  Has it flown by for you as well?

Here in the Pacific Northwest we have been blessed with minimal weather systems, just a lot of rain really and no snow!  Knock on wood.  I'm pretty sure we already have enough water up in the mountains for next summer.

It's been really quiet here with the bird feeders down.  I miss my birds, but not the mice or squirrels.  I do see some interesting wildlife from time to time still, such as the illusive Hermit thrush, who comes out and dances around the water hole, singing.  I'm not sure what that's about, but it's entertaining.
A deer came through the other day and grazed the lawn until I was spotted in the kitchen!

I honestly haven't done anything new with the house in months.  I know you all have enjoyed my many handy-gal upgrades on a budget, but things have come to a bit of a standstill.
I have applied for a weatherization program that is for senior citizens and the low income.  I am very excited about this opportunity, if it happens, so I have put all projects on hold for now.
If accepted, I could have additional insulation added to my walls and floors!  They also seal the windows and doors.  It's a very exciting prospect to think I could actually be warm next winter!

The process of qualifying could take a while and the work won't begin for months, so I'm ready to wait.  After they complete the work I may have some finish work to do.  After that I hope to repaint the kitchen and go from there.
I'd also like to install a propane fireplace stove and remove the wood stove, this year or next.  While I love a wood fire, it's only me here to do the work.  I get the wood split and delivered, but I stack it, haul it, clean the chimney and stove myself.  I don't really want to get on the roof in my 70's, so I'm planning ahead.

In my creative life I am leaving behind the metal jewelry work.  It was a fun and amazing five years learning and creating, but online sales were down last year and I don't seem to have enough time to get out to galleries.
So I'm taking up photography again!  Returning to my roots in black and white.  I may have mentioned this in my last post after my trip out to the coast was such a success.  Looking forward to returning!

So it's winter in the mountains and things have slowed way down.  I hope this finds you all enjoying your own creative paths. 

Here's one from my most recent photo shoot at the nearby lake.

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