Sunday, January 25, 2015

Oh no, It's a Bombogenesis! aka Juno

When my sister and her boyfriend came out for Christmas, she decided to stay a couple extra weeks with Lyra while he went home to go to work. Last week I drove her back to Massachusetts, with our 3 dogs and our luggage all stuffed into the my little Equinox, Rory. Had beautiful weather for the 2 day drive across Ontario, Canada and New York and have been having a nice time hanging out with our other sister for the past few days.

Two days ago it snowed about 6 inches combined with a little sleet. But today dawned sunny and fairly warm, about 34 F for a high and we went to dinner at Ye Olde Tavern in West Brookfield, MA. Had pizza and chocolate cake, and beers, and 5 of us had an excellent time.

One of the main topics of conversation was the approaching snowstorm, nicknamed Juno by the Weather Channel that we knew was coming and even a couple days ago was not considered to be very impressive. However, my older sister had heard of a new word that none of us knew called "bombogenesis". To put it simply, the small, storm we were expecting is supposed to morph into an "explosive" possibly historic blizzard size "bomb" of weather that is about to engulf New York City and New England. Lucky me to actually be here to enjoy the chaos. I may not be able to start back for Michigan on Thursday as I had planned.

I will take lots of photos even if it's only of the yard because we can't get out the door!

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Getting 3 Dogs to Pose Isn't Easy

Luna, Lyra and Ziggy
This was the best shot I could get. Many of them had a blurry pup. As you can see in the bottom one Lyra was already losing focus. Shot is rather washed out, too. Maybe I'll be able to get a better one next year.

Thursday, December 25, 2014


Had a wonderful day. Slept well the night before, too as sis and I had everything done just before 11 and I was able to relax with a glass of wine while watching The Ref with Hal and family. I never have relaxing Christmas Eves!

Here are some photos of the past 2 days.

The home on Christmas eve and then Christmas morning. Notice the difference? Less than an inch, but Bing would be pleased.

Ziggy under the tree
A few gifts from my oldest sister. Is that a Vera Bradley backpack?!
Luna, Ziggy and Lyra being serious on their Christmas morning walk
 A little yule log enjoyment, thank you Hallmark.
Really has been a wonderful holiday. Merry Christmas to all.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

The 2014 Christmas Tree!

not quite finished
Little sis and boy friend and Lyra arrived last Friday night. Saturday sis and I went out to the woods to the balsam Hal and I selected and cut it down. It would have been shading the apple tree behind it by the end of summer so it had to go. Turned out to be about 14 feet tall and I had to cut it down a bit which I did about a foot at a time. It's now about 8.5 feet tall. We decorated it the next day and finished Monday morning.

Here are a few more photos.

just needs a heavenly light shining on it
That's me sawing the trunk
Still sawing the trunk
spending the night in a bucket
adding the garland
Finished tree
in the dark

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Finally Something Useful!

I made myself a scarf! I found a free pattern I liked at and found a nice wool-like synthetic yarn (Premier Deborah Norville Tweed in oatmeal) that would go nicely with my faux suede faun colored winter coat. I figured its about 6 feet long and 6 inches wide. I really liked the unusual crochet stitch. Now if I can just figure out how to make a matching hat!

Added another 10 to this before declaring it done