How About Some Christmas Pictures? And other odds and ends

I finally got the pictures off my camera and onto the computer.  How about a share?  Let’s start with the leaning Christmas tree!

Christmas Tree 2013

Christmas Tree (the leaning tree) 2013

Is that funny or what?  I got a good laugh every time I came down the stairs and looked at the leaning tower of Christmas tree.  It was perfectly straight at the base, but, oh boy, did it look ready to topple over as the trunk went up.  And the kids said MOM couldn’t pick out a tree.  I guess I’ve won my job back!!

Next let’s look at the gifts the girls made for me.  Karra put together this board full of all the things I love.

Christmas 2013 The Mom Board from Karra 

The little white dog surrounded by sheep looks just like Hunter – I almost cried.  And the little tri-color puppy, that’s my future Bernese Mountain Dog, Tessa.  Karra found the words to “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” with Yankees instead of the “home team” because we all know that the Yankees are my absolute 2nd favorite team – after the WHITE SOX.  Ah, good guys where black (Sox) and pinstripes.   In case you can’t really see the picture (ha ha) there are lots of cows, bumble bees, quotes, MICHIGAN, snowmen, Christmas pictures & a quote – from my two favorite Christmas movies, baby chicks, NASCAR, the NHL team logos, Phil 4:13 (for Pete’s sake – that’s a Mitford thing).  And my favorite, my absolute favorite (see the coffee cup?) “I think, therefore I’ve had my COFFEE.  Oh, does my child know me so well.   This board will be prominently displayed in my beautiful newly organized sewing room (just as soon as the Arctic Freeze is over and it doesn’t take a solid hour of the heater to warm up my cubby hole).

And then I unwrapped Kristen’s gift.  I knew that she had taken a lid from one of the duck crates (that never got made over to house the ducks – quack) and I knew that she had made something for me from it, but for the life of me I couldn’t think what in the world she would have painted for me and WHERE in the world would I put it??

Christmas 2013 The Barn Sign from Kristen

And that just about sums up how we feel about our 1/2 built barn and all of its occupants.  I can’t wait to put it up in the feed room this summer.  I’d hang it on the big sliding door to the hay bay if Joel would let me put holes in the siding (which he won’t – I can guarantee it!!)  🙂

Now, let’s see what else I have in the media library . . .

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These cute little snowballs aren’t really snowballs and we didn’t make them.  They’re called snow cylinders.  We were hearing about them on the news and we looked out the back windows and saw that we had some of our very own in the pasture and on the pond – how cool is that?  They are made when the wind drives the snow in a straight line and it starts to roll up like a carpet.  We don’t normally get winds strong enough in Ohio to create this phenomenon (or snow that is that dry).

And for my last picture, let’s take a look at Honeysuckle.  She’s our sweet little Katahdin lamb that we thought was going to be a first time Mommy over the weekend, but is still holding on to her baby.  I personally can’t blame her because, HELLO!!!!! it’s COLD around here.  She’s technically due today, what  a birthday present, huh?  Here she is in the lambing jug (which you can’t see very well because I took a close up picture of her – silly me).


And all of that is What’s Happening on the Hobby Farm.