Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Walking ... err, snowshoeing on water

For the past few weeks, Tiny Pond as has been gradually getting more and more ice on it.  We hadn't yet ventured out for fear that it would not be thick enough yet to hold us, but when we had some ice fisherman show up last week asking to fish on it, we knew it must be safe. So yesterday, after several below zero days and a snow storm, we headed across the lake with our snow shoes.  I don't think I've ever walked across a frozen lake, pond or river before and it was very fun (and very cold)!

After one of our earlier snows ... only a little ice around the edges.

Yesterday ...  

Before & After

This was our thermometer reading before we left for church on Sunday morning (thanks to Jason's parents for giving us this very entertaining indoor/outdoor thermometer) -- nice and cozy inside even though it was chilly outside.

When we returned home from church and work, over 12 hours later, it was a bit of a different story!  Brrr!

Thursday, January 5, 2012

More winter wonderland

Things have been a little quiet on this blog ... we're adjusting back into having a regular work schedule while continuing to do upkeep at Forest Echo.  With that, extra trips to town to use the internet have kinda gotten put on the back burner. 

We are doing really well and had a lovely belated Christmas (since we worked through the holidays).  We decided to do most of our shopping for each other at our local thrift store this year on a $10 budget and I have to say it was quite a success.  I was calculating up how much we spent in total on our Christmas for two and it was under $50 -- including decorations, gifts for each other and a special meal.  It sorta thrilled me to be able to have a special Christmas on that budget. (Am I super weird for being excited by that???!?!)

Anyhow, here are a few pictures of what's been happening with us for the past couple weeks :)

Happy New Year!


My first ever attempt at making a wreath!

I had to try making a Christmas tree coffee cake -
my Mom always made one.

Jason on his way to our outhouse --
not exactly properly dressed!

Two for one flying squirrels - no idea how they BOTH ended up caught in the trap!