Sunday, February 5, 2017

Happy Saturday

Today was beautiful. It got up to 52 degrees. Thus morning was the first morning in I-don't-know-how-long that the hens water wasn't a block of ice. I enjoyed the sun. Cleaned out my henhouse, put in fresh bedding. The snow however, is almost up to my knees. It made it challenging trying to work in the  backyard.
The mountains (Wasatchs) are so pretty with all the snow!

No shortage of snow here..

Friday, February 3, 2017

Week 5

This last weekend, we were at a store and noticed they had appliances for sale. We purchased a new fridge (28.6) .  Our old fridge was 20.2, I simply don't have time to go to the store multiply times a week.
We worked all week de icing and removing snow off the back patio.
We get the fridge, go to hook it up..
The fridge was too wide. By not even a quarter of an inch. Yes, the boys had a great time teasing their dad about measure twice, cut once to make sure you aren't off.

My solution: buy new cabinets. They are unfinished, I can stain them :)
I about gagged when Jason and TJ removed the old cabinet. The amount of mouse poop was disgusting.

I was going to make lasagna for dinner, hahaha

We had almost everything put together last night. Jason still has to cut down the counter top.
I love the space this fridge has.
We will have lasagna tonight...

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Week 3-4

The amount of snow that we have received here has been crazy. We have had more gray days than I can remember since moving here two years ago. Yesterday and today were sunny. It was amazing to see the blue sky.

This is my driveway and front walk way.

This is the walkway leading up to the front door

There is my poor suburban. Good thing we tarped it before the snow began.

Needless to say, we have spent a lot of time shoveling and deicing.
The younger boys went camping last night. They said they were cold, but had a lot of fun.
Hubby and I went to the store just to look at lights. We wandered to the appliances, noticed they had refrigerators on sale. We bought one. This one is similar to my old one in Washington. I'm excited because 1) it's bigger, so it will hold more 2) I really dislike going to the grocery store. 
It will be delivered onThursday. I figure since it will be freezing, I can set any groceries I have in an ice chest and set it out back. It isn't going to be warm anytime soon, so we will be ok.

I love baking. Tonight I made a chocolate zucchini cake. We will have some for breakfast. Just because we can.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Week 2 2017

Yesterday morning, it was 22 degrees out, so I went for a walk

I love how the rays hit the snow. It was quiet, except for the occasional dog bark. The mountain tops are amazing. Two years ago when we moved here, the mountains were bare. There was lots of thick,freezing fog. I look out in out back yard, and wonder how long the snow will stay. We plan on taking down the Chinese Elm trees in the back (there are 6-7).  I plan on planting three more apple trees, and two peach trees.
My dogs caught two field mice this afternoon and killed them. It was 15 degrees this morning, it only got to 24 today. I'm not too sure why they weren't hibernating. Two less mice I have to worry about.
The kids have had a four day weekend. They didn't want to go anywhere. They all said it was too cold (I have to agree with them).  I made cinnamon rolls today

They came out amazing. 
My plans for this spring are to go on some road trips. Idaho has several beautiful waterfalls. I want to take the kids to see them. Growing up, my parents never took us on spontaneous road trips. My kids have traveled more than I ever did. I want to make an effort to see more historical sites. The kids are only young once.

Friday, January 6, 2017

Week 1 2017

It seems strange that the first week of 2017 is almost complete.
It's been below freezing here for the week. I love seeing the sun and the blue sky, but the cold takes your breath away. This summer/fall, we will be installing a pellet stove in the basement. My new windows are holding up amazing. No drafts, no ice!

Hubby and I decided each payday we will pick up something for the house. Today I picked up trim to put up around a door we replaced in the basement. Next pay day I will get some paint for the kitchen.
I am hoping by March, to begin replacing the rest of the Windows.

Andrew and I went to Lowes to pick up ice melt. We picked up 80 pounds. I don't want anyone slipping,falling or getting hurt in my driveway or walkway. As we went in, we spotted the vegetable seed display. I am hoping in a week, to begin planting and growing lettuce and spinach in my kitchen. The area is bright, gets plenty of sun.  Andrew was pouring over the watermelon seeds. 
I love spring, and being able to plant and grow things!

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Last Day of 2016

Well, here is the last day of 2016.

Jason and I are happy we accomplished most of our goals here around the house.
We got most of the windows changed out, put in a garden,took down a tree, planted another in its place.  We didnt have to spend as much on the sprinkler system this year.

Our goal for this next year is to take down several trees along the fence line in the back and plant fruit trees, expand out the garden, make an additional garden area along the north side of the house, and replace the rest of the windows (there are 6). We also need to gut the bathroom in the basement.

I am looking forward to my other son getting his license, then he can drive himself around.
The other boys are already planning on playing football, so as soon as things defrost here (it was 17 degrees when i awoke, there is still freezing fog outside. Visibility stinks). We are suppose to get hit with more snow tomorrow thru Monday. It will be interesting to see what accrues.

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

trip to Ogden

Christmas Eve my oldest son was under the weather. We took a trip to downtown Ogden. It was cloud, drizzly and chilly. The streets were practically empty.

The building to the left is the Ben Lemmond Hotel. It is a historic site. The Wasatch mountains are behind the buildings.
We walked down historic 25th street towards Union Station.

This steam engine was huge! The wheels were taller than us. Union Station has a covered area for these trains to sit under, which is great considering the amount of snow we can get.
The boys spent quite a while looking at the mechanisims of the trains.

There was a small Christmas village set up, I didnt get pictures of that because my camera died. When we were done walking around, we went to Farr's ice cream It is by the Ogden LDS temple They have the best ice cream I have ever had. There was one other family in there besides us. They dont have a big eating area, so between our family and the other one it was full. By the time we left, it began to rain, and the clouds hid the mountains. We are hoping to go back this week so we can see the Christmas village at night.