Our long weekend became even longer because of the snow. I got my wish I guess, even though we weren't really snowed in. The roads were just too nasty for us to go anywhere. I kind of took a break from the internet while I was gone, and that was nice, although I felt like I was forgetting something and I wondered how everyone's Thanksgiving went. I've been trying to get caught up this morning, but my house is also in dire need of help. Our landlady had the kitchen redone while we were away, so we had moved everything out of the kitchen and into any available space, then my children sprinkled toys and books on top of all that. They are somewhat motivated to help, since I informed them that Christmas decorations will not go up until the house is clean.
I think my baking day will have to be postponed, although I have some recipes that I'm very excited to try. Cookies may happen later today, but I'm really planning on making up some "fat-burning" soup, as my mom calls it. After eating with total abandon this past week, I'm feeling the need to do something that resembles healthy eating.
Oh what feasts we had. There was the typical turkey, dressing, potatoes, stuffing, yams and a great big salad that I ate two helpings of simply because there were raspberries in there. Then leftovers for a few days, with those almonds that I have fallen in love with and some stuffed mushrooms to make things fun. Sunday, there was another gathering with family members that missed the Thanksgiving gathering and we ate an entire pan of brisket, more stuffed mushrooms, more potatoes and gravy, and then we finished off the remnants of the pies. As if that wasn't enough, I made a pan of brownies to snack on while we played games, and that also disappeared. I now have a miss piggy nose, I think.
I did go for walks, so that counts for something, right? Here's some wintery pictures for your viewing pleasure...
This is how much snow we found at the ranch.
Obviously, sledding had to happen.
I kept sneaking out of the house to take pictures. This is a stack-yard full of hay, with some horses begging next to it.
I took more pictures, trying to catch just how red the willows turn during winter.
And then the sun came out and I tried to catch how red the rose-hips look with the white snow and aspen trees behind. I need to learn how to take better pictures. I'll just jot that one down for a new year's resolution.