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Snowshoeing

01.07.15
This is not my snowshoe
This is not my snowshoe

Anthony has been constantly reminding me to quit asking for snow.  It snowed the first week we were here, but due to some unseasonably warm temperatures, everything melted and we haven’t had any more snow until 2 days ago.  I know that come springtime I won’t be wishing for snow, but if it’s 1 degree out, we might as well have snow, right?  I also had ulterior motives.  Everything looks so much prettier covered in a soft white blanket AND I really wanted to get my snowshoes on.

Snowplow

See?  Even our driveway getting plowed looks charming.  It’s the snow, people!

My oldest sister first introduced me to snowshoeing about 2 years ago – both of my sisters surprised me for my birthday, flew me up to Portland, OR and we had a birthday extravaganza!  Part of the celebration included snowshoeing at Enid Lake near Mt. Hood and as soon as we did it, I was hooked.

sisters snowshoeing

 

sissy snowshoeing

All it takes to snowshoe are the shoes themselves, a couple of poles and a lot of extremely warm winter clothing.  Disposable hand and feet warmers are also a must.  Even though it was -15 with the wind chill, I wasn’t even scared.  Because here’s what I wore:

Silky Heat Keeper long underwear pants and shirt

snowboarding knee socks

2 hooded sweatshirts

ski pants

these fabulous boots

ear muffs

knit cap over my hoodies

2 pairs of gloves

hand warmers in the gloves and feet warmers in the boots

down jacket

fleece neckwarmer

sunglasses

It was fantastic!  The scenery wasn’t quite as breathtaking as it was near Mt. Hood, but it’s my scenery and I love it.  Gigi went with me for a bit, but only for a short time because I was nervous about her little paws getting frostbitten.  Anthony took a few photos from far away.

gigi snowshoeing
First Gigi had to make sure I wasn’t anywhere near the electric fence
snowshoe farm
Action shot

For those of you who think that snowshoeing is not super cool and might only be for old ladies, you are SO wrong.  Look at how hot this girl from the Athleta catalog looks:

hot girl snowshoeing
This is not me

Snowshoeing burns a ton of calories and is a great way to get outside during the winter.  If I don’t want to gain 100 pounds in the next few months, I need to be creative with exercise and force myself to get outside every day.  There are a ton of beautiful places close to here that I’m going to start exploring.  It’s way too easy to hole myself up inside this house, making lists and dreaming of what we’re going to do in the future.  I can do all of that on my snowshoes.

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Barn Quilt

12.30.14
"Log Cabin" quilt block or "Courthouse Steps"
“Log Cabin” quilt block or “Courthouse Steps” image from Flickr

Anthony and I have made lists upon lists since we’ve moved to the farm.  To Do lists, Questions To Ask lists (What is this pipe for? Can we put our garden here?  How do you repair cracks in plaster?) and the never-ending page turner also known as our Projects List.  I won’t bore you with all of the details, but one of the more exciting projects we intend to work on is to create a barn quilt for the side of one of our barns.

While driving around when we first closed on the house in October, I noticed a few different giant quilts on the sides of barns in the area.  Adorable, what were they?  I did some research and here’s what I found out (according to the University of Wisconsin Extension office).  From their website, about our county:

“The idea of barn quilts began in Adams County, Ohio in 2001. It was conceived as a way to draw traffic off a busy four-lane highway as it wound through the economically depressed area of southern Ohio. Local artists painted traditional quilt blocks on weathered tobacco barns, and the project began to attract travelers to the area, increasing business for local establishments. In 2003, Grundy County, Iowa started a similar barn quilt project to draw traffic back to rural areas bypassed when a major highway was rerouted. Their Barn Quilt Loop is designed to highlight the agricultural heritage of the county, as well as the folk art of quilting.

The project began in Walworth County in 2009 and has continued to grow.

The Barn Quilt Project  promotes the rural heritage of the county by highlighting the architecture and history of barns and by encouraging the preservation of these structures for future generations. In turn, the project encourages economic development by promoting ag-tourism and other local businesses.”

I began following a barn quilt Facebook page, because I’m all in. (see my Pinterest board here)  I think we might be able to make it ourselves, at around 8′ x 8′, though we really need to figure out the ladder situation prior to hanging it – see here.  I love the idea, however it might take a bit of time for Anthony and I to agree on one we both like.  Here are some of my favs, all images from Pinterest:

 

Grandmother’s Flower Garden

Grandmother's Garden

 

Tulips

tulips

Circle of Fish

Fish barn quilt

Farm Friendship

farm friendship

It definitely needs to mean something to us – 3 of our grandmothers had lovely flower gardens, my Mom’s favorite flowers are tulips and one of the reasons we moved here was for Anthony’s fishing.  I love the Farm Friendship quilt block, it’s my favorite.  But we’re still not there.   Anthony also said he would like it to have something to do with Law Enforcement, even if it just has a thin blue line framing it.  What do you think? Suggestions?  Thoughts on this?

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Christmas Eve

12.24.14

In our mad rush to finish baking, get ready for house guests and get on the road to Chicago, we haven’t  spent much time working on any of our house projects.  Which is kind of a nice break.  For the next few days we are just going to spend time with friends and family and enjoy the holiday.  I hope you get to do the same.

One extremely SAD item to note is that we are not going to have a white Christmas.  Anthony keeps telling me to quit wishing for snow because we will have plenty of snow soon enough, but really?  It looks so much prettier and since we don’t have to actually go anywhere, it’s perfect timing.  When I woke up this morning and peeked out the window before going downstairs, I didn’t have my glasses on and I saw white everywhere.  Could it be?  I was so excited, until I put my eyes on and realized it was only fog.  Sad, but still so cool looking.  Take a peek.

Foggy Christmas EveIMG_5407 IMG_5409IMG_5411 IMG_5412 IMG_5413IMG_5419]\IMG_5423 IMG_5424