Thursday, December 30, 2010

The curious cat

My parents' gift was in a large box this year, and had been sitting in their living room for a few days before Christmas. So, on Christmas eve we asked them to open it. My mom's cat, Daisy, was very curious... we figure it was probably because she could smell our cats on the box, and figured they were inside.

"Nope... no one but me!"

Our Shy Love-bug

Jinxie is one of our shyest cats, but when David or I are downstairs watching tv, he turns into the most loving cat! He has to be curled up on one of us, and often reaches out to touch your face with his paw.

Fog and Crystalline Trees

A few days before christmas, David and I decided to grab some pizza for supper rather than cook. We were surprised to find fog when we left the house... and not just light fog, but 'drive 40 kph in an 80 kph zone'. Thanks to our digital camera, I was able to get a very grainy picture of the fog, at night, with the ISO set to 1600...

When we got up in the morning, everything was covered in frost...

... but when the sun hit it, every thing glistened!

It was a beautiful drive into town!

Making Jam

I hope everyone had a great Christmas... things have been really busy around here but today I finally have a chance to catch up!

This year we decided to gift everyone with homemade jam for christmas. Having never made jam before, it was quite an adventure... and I loved every minute of it!

Of course, I completely forgot to take pictures of most of the jam making experience... but I remembered to snap some of the marmalade!

Cut up fruit goes into the pot....

After boiling for 1 hour...

Strawberry Daiquiri, Marmalade, and Strawberry Mango

By the time I remembered to take some photos of the bottled jam, I had already gifted all the raspberry. Next time ;)

Saturday, December 18, 2010

New Feeder and New Visitors

We picked up a new suet feeder for our woodpecker friend, and found we have a little female downy woodpecker who has discovered it!

Of course the chickadees were fighting over the new feeder as well... =)

Snow Angels and Feathered Friends

David saw the most beautiful snow angel the other morning. I went outside and tried to get a better picture of it, but the best one was taken from through the window:

While I was outside I was being watched by several curious chickadees and a hairy woodpecker. Actually, almost every time either of us go outside, we hear him calling and he always likes to perch nearby... I guess in hopes that we have a tasty snack for him =)

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

We have ignition!

After we brought some of the wood in to dry, David decided to get the fire going with some junks of wood that were fairly snow-free.

Monday, December 13, 2010

How much wood could a woodchuck chuck...

We received our first load of wood for the season... 4 cords of wood, and the pile is almost as big as our little Yaris!

We've been working on moving it in for the past hour or so, but it's slow going! Now to wait for the snow & ice to melt off our "dry" wood ;)

Saturday, December 11, 2010

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas...

It was a beautiful day today so we decided it was time to put up the rest of our christmas lights and the snow fence.

We saw some brave chickadees too!

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Barn Cleanup

All summer our barn has been home to countless spiders (eww!) so yesterday, after the nice cold below zero nights we've been having, I decided it was time to start cleaning up the barn. I started with the work room - organizing, and clearing away some spider webs.

Before & After

It's starting to look better, but there's still a lot to do... cleaning, painting, and eventually a new counter to replace the makeshift one that's there now.