Friday, December 28, 2012

December 2012

We had a great holiday.  We spent Christmas Eve with my 97 year old parents, taking goodies and a soup supper. Part of our family and niece Allison with her family were there.   We read the Christmas story, and the little kids filled the stable with the figurines.   The next day, our family of 19 gathered at our house for more good food, games and gifts.    We are looking forward to a great 2013! 
Roger, Myrna and their seven grandchildren.

Alex is the youngest.
Allison and Blake with Grandma Belle.
         Mike, Kay and family with Grandma Belle and Grandpa Jim

                                        Alyssa and Amy, the oldest grandchild.

Friday, December 14, 2012


No matter what, even though you know winter is coming, one does not seem to be prepared.  It is always a surprise when the first snow comes!

The first real snow came on Saturday, lots of big flakes, wet and drippy, falling down.  Pretty, unless you were driving.  Snow continued, then some wind last night and today, Sunday. We stayed cozied up in the house today.   It has cleared off now and the sun came peeking out.  Time to get outside and give the feeder calves some hay bales, as the bunk is full of snow, and it will have to be cleaned out before running the silage into the bunks.
The wind had blown the snow right through their yard, though, so no drifts for them to walk around.  The calves have the blizzard look, snow on their faces and over their backs.  I could not see the cows, they are hunkered down on the south side of the shelterbelt in the pasture that connects to the feed yard.

As I said, I was not prepared for winter, had to go to the basement to look for boots, scarves, found a pair of mittens on the porch, left by a deer hunter, I think. While I was out watching gates, I scooped off the step, where the snow comes around the house and fills up in front of the door.

Winter is here!

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Grandma Belle and Amy

97 year old Belle with her Great Grand Daughter Amy,
giving Amy a quilt for her be born January, 2013.
Belle made the nursery rhyme embroidered squares in the 30's
when she was in High School.  This summer, she put them together
with mitered corners.  Amy was thrilled.  We are looking 
forward to a five generation picture in 2013.