Monday, January 4, 2010

Blue Moon and Happy New Year!

Eli & Lizzie's house through the frosted window pane
Happy New Year everyone! I hope all of those resolutions are taking effect now that it is the 4th day into the month. We had a great weekend at the farm. We arrived at the farm on Thursday afternoon, brought in some wood, got the fire roaring & relaxed for a while.

Shane made us this wood rack for Christmas. It really works great!
Our lives have been very hectic lately so it was much needed. I actually thought the whole weekend would be a relaxing one, but Steve had a different idea.
On New Year's Eve there was a "blue" moon, which is the name for the second full moon in the same month. We decided to celebrate that event by going cross country skiing (Steve) and snowshoeing (me) around the property. It was a clear, beautiful night. The temps were near zero but no wind. This is the first time I've snowshoed. Steve had an old pair from his college days that I used. It was so peaceful. The moon was so bright that the shadows from the tree branches laid on the snow.

That was so much fun, we went again the next night. Not for too long though. The wind started to pick up and it just got too cold. After playing in the snow on Thursday, we played Backgammon, ate snacks & had some wine. We actually made it until midnight! That hasn't happened for a few years. Friday we took it easy, had a nice dinner, then Steve started talkng about drywall. Uh oh...looks like my relaxing weekend was slipping away.
So the next day, he was down at the local hardware store renting a drywall jack. (I had been trying to talk him into having someone else finish all the drywall & taping). So here it is, the drywall jack.

We worked all day & into the night on the ceiling. By 8pm Steve was so tired of putting in the screws above his head, we stopped & decided to finish on Sunday. The radiant floor heat is so nice! It was well worth the time, effort & money we spent for it. We couldn't have worked on the new area without it with the temperature so cold outside.

We did have a few visitors during the day on Saturday which was a welcome break. Eli came over to visit for a while, letting us know that the family is doing great and they are keeping warm. We told him he could have a cabinet that we didn't need so he & a couple of the boys picked it up later & dropped off some fresh baked bread & butter.

Later on, neighbors Jim & Nancy stopped by to catch up. This was our first weekend back at the farm since the first week of December. We were in bed by 9:30 that night!
Sunday morning we awoke to this...

That's 16 degrees with a 29 below wind chill. Brrrr!

Looking into the bedroom area from the living room.

We started working again around 10am. We had a nice lazy breakfast. The ceiling was finished around one. Time for lunch, hot showers, clean up and head home. As hard as we worked this weekend, we also mixed in sleeping in, fun & friends. It was a great weekend!

Peace for all in the New Year


SkippyMom said...

What a lovely weekend - so many payoffs - relaxing, visiting with friends and getting so much done! Wow.

Who won the backgammon? ;)

That is quite the chunk of butter - yum!

Barb and Steve said...

I won most of the games (I think he let me :-)
We love when they give us butter. It's so good. Hope you have a great new year!

JC said...

That's a cool shot thru the window ...

You have a lot of snow. I have rain this year .. but, last year we got 18 ins. of snow.

Sycamore Moon Studios said...

That last photo is inspired!

Barb and Steve said...
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Barb and Steve said...

Thanks JC & SMS. This time of year I prefer snow...unless I'm traveling.

fullfreezer said...

It looks like things are coming along nicely. The moonlight on the snow was so beautiful on New Year's Eve but it was too cold for me to want to go out and play...and it's stayed that way here. We had -5 this morning and it's supposed to be even colder tomorrow! BRRRR!!!
Have a wonderful, productive new year!

Anonymous said...

Don't you look cute all bundled up and wearing your snow shoes! The Barn is really looking good! I just love to play Backgammon! It's one of my favorite games. The fresh bread and butter make my mouth water!! glad you had a great weekend! Any nibbles on your condo?
Have a great week!!...debbie

The cottage by the Cranelake said...

That was cold! We´ve only managed to get -8F here and that is way to cold for me :-) :-)

A good wekend it sounds! That butter must be delicious!

I didn´t gou out during blue moon, it was to cold, but I did look at it from my window. More snow and even colder weather is on it´s way. I´m happy to say that I still have two more days on my christmas vacation :-)
Have a great day now!

Barb and Steve said...

Sounds like everyone has colder temps. Stay warm and cuddle with your loved ones.
Debby...the bread & butter were good. I am rationing the butter so I froze some for later. We put our townhome on the market next week. Cross your fingers!

PatQ said...

That looks like so much fun. I'm glad you got some time in to relax. The barn is looking great too.

Anonymous said...

I've never snow shoed either. How was it??

The Blue Ridge Gal

Anonymous said...

Oh.. forgot to say how great the last photo is! Really nice!!


Barb and Steve said...

Hi Di! I loved snowshoeing. Wish I had them here in IL to have fun in all the snow we have here now.