Friday, February 28, 2014


We're getting enormous amounts of snow. It's been snowing for 3 straight weeks, and now we're experiencing our first blizzard of the winter. Everything's cancelled - work, school, basketball. People are X-country skiing to town!

You can't tell from the photo below but it's blowing snow like crazy, gusts over 30 mph, snowdrifts covering all the roads, visibility limited to 100 feet. In the picture below, that's about the three feet mark on my shovel along the driveway.

Here's what used to be our patio:
It's a high clearance, four-wheel drive, snow tire type of vehicle day. Lucky I've got just that, so we ran downtown to see the general traffic mayhem and let Annie stick her nose into a cup of cocoa:
The benefit of all this snow is that we have great snowpack in the mountains, so i doubt we even see a spark during fire season this year. Plus, the skiing is epic right now.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Welcome to the world, Jayce!

Congratulations to Sandy and Terry and Happy Birthday! to Jayce Connor Foltz, 8 pounds 6 ounces. Born February 19, 2014. Photos forthcoming...

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Whose Good Looking Thumb is That?

That's my good looking thumb, measuring the space for a gas-insert fireplace. We've got a good old fashioned wood fireplace, but the EPA won't let us burn wood here. So we're spending Jacob's college fund (he's not going anyway) on a gas fireplace!

Honestly, it's finally gotten cold here. Like negative-teens-in-the-morning cold. Wind chills of negative 30. Good stuff. So cold that the boiler/heater at Carrie's elementary school blew a gasket. We eat it up...when we're outside and skiing.

But when we're inside, man, our house is cold! So as we shovel our driveway twice a day as the snow piles up, think warm thoughts, like this: