Saturday, December 17, 2011

Frosty week...

The days they fly by quickly, and I can hardly believe another week has flashed by me.  We had heavy frost this past week, so much so that we lost our electricity several times.  Thankfully, we have generators to keep us up 'n' running, but the tractors that power them take plenty of fuel to run, and I'm sure they are much more expensive to power than the electricity we buy. 

 The frost makes everything looks so icy and Narnia-like. 
 The wool on the sheep had an extra sparkle to it.

 It looked as though we had a skiff of snow, but it was all frost.  When it started falling off the trees, there was a mound of snow under each tree.  Don't you love seeing the moon in the clear, blue, daytime sky?

  The cows almost look like ants trailing down the hills.


 Even the old John Deere A tractor looked pretty covered in frost!

 Sue and I took some nice walks in the frosty grass and through The Woods (shelter belts) near our house.

The old red granary stands beside an Elm tree.  The chicken coop is just to the left of it with the girls all cuddled up inside.  They are happily laying a dozen eggs a day!  We love our fresh eggs for breakfast each morning.
We had our annual bull sale this week too.  We had a great turn-out and sold all the bulls to new owners.  The delivery process is in full swing now.  This is a picture of the local sale ring and that's one of our bulls.  Not a great picture, but I thought you might like to see it.  There were lots of ranchers in hats!

The two college boys are home now and it's fun having them to cook for again.  We had Creamy Sausage Stew (a favorite) for supper tonight along with baking powder biscuits & honey.  Tomorrow lots of family will be out to the ranch for an Indian Taco Fiesta and some fun & games.  We'll probably have to take time out to watch the Denver Broncos football game.  You know who is playing??  Right!  Tim Tebow!  Isn't he terrific?!  We've always been huge Denver fans in this house, and now we're having fun watching  TT mesmerize the talking heads of football.

Just one more week until Christmas Eve!  I hope you're enjoying the anticipation.  The two sons are going to go cut a Christmas tree for me in the Hills, and I still have all the gifts yet to wrap and goodies to bake.  It seems I always take my sweet time to usher in the season.  One-day-at-a-time works for me.  

I sometimes think we expect too much of Christmas Day.  We try to crowd into it the long arrears of kindliness and humanity of the whole year.  As for me, I like to take my Christmas a little at a time, all through the year.  And thus I drift along into the holidays - let them overtake me unexpectedly - waking up some fine morning and suddenly saying to myself:  "Why, this is Christmas Day!"  ~David Grayson

Peach has been noticing that we are all receiving "birthday cards" in the mail.  Out of the mouths of babes!

17 comments:

  1. It's always worthwhile coming to your blog, Jody. How beautiful! I love all that frost all over everything and seeing what you're up to with the animals.
    I hope you enjoy your boys being home for Christmas and that you all have a blessed holiday.
    xo

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  2. I love your pictures and always have.

    Have a very Merry Christmas and a happy and healthy new year.

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  3. Hi Jo!
    Did you know that TT is a believer? He attends a church down the road from us. Kelli met him there!
    I'm having my prayer ladies for lunch tomorrow and guess what I'm serving? Fancy sandwiches? Chicken salad? Nope. Grilled cheese and cocoa. I'm hoping Bill gets home from his lunch date early enough to play the guitar for us so we can sing together.
    Oh, the frosty pictures are so lovely! Especially the sheep. Hello favorite sheep!
    I'm taking my Christmas slow, too. Today I shall bring the gnomes to the mantle and hang some stockings. Just right.
    Love love love coming your way!
    Oh, and HOORAY for boys to cook for!

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  4. The frost seen through the car window is a great photo. If you can get through the holidays without stress then you have achieved a worthwhile goal. I love your drift along attitude.

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  5. The anticipation of Christmas is something I look forward to every year. I am just as bad as the little kids waiting to see what Santa brought them! Thank you for sharing your frosty pics , I agree it was beautiful! Hubby said he got to see some of your bulls the other day, he is anxious to see what the heifers look like. Which means a wee visit from the Masterson's. Look forward to it!

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  6. You just made this tropical girl's day with your gorgeous pictures of frost - thanks for sharing!

    Joanna

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  7. Oh brrr...those frosty pictures are gorgeous! What fun to have your college folk home to enjoy with you...

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  8. That is so pretty, I have never seen frost like that before.
    I loved the picture of the sale ring. It brings back so many good memories. When I was a kid, we raised show cattle so we would get our project steers ready to go into the sale ring like that. Seeing your picture made me remember the smells and the sounds.
    Enjoy your boys and have a lovely week.

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  9. Those are beautiful frost pictures Jody! It looks like winter is definitely there. Isn't it wonderful to have our babies back home? I love being able to see them everyday!

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  10. Loved all your pictures! My dad owned almost the exact same John Deere tractor (the old one). My brother and his fil completed restored it last year. You can see dad on his tractor at my blog: carolinalivingisgreat.blogspot.com

    Glad you're family is drawing near...my grown kids are home and coming home this week too! Great to celebrate with loved ones.

    God bless you this week!

    -Ruth

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  11. G'day Gumbo Lily. As always, beautiful photos. The frost looks amazing.Wishing you and your family a wonderful Christmas and a safe and happy 2012. Take care. Liz...

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  12. Love your pictures, Jody! I would love to take a walk there, too. We've had some rainy days here which I don't really mind at all. We need it and it makes for fun runs...and my college boys are home, too!

    Monica

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  13. Hi Jody, Can I please send a copy of your tractor pic to my father-in-law? He loves tractors!
    Tyra

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  14. These are the most gorgeous frosty scenes! I hope you are keeping warm -- I'm so glad I am not a sheep or a steer out in the weather. :-)

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  15. I am always amazed at how a layer of frost or snow can change the look of the countryside. It is probably because it is a sight I seldom get to see. I got chilled just looking at all your beautiful pictures!

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  16. Such beautiful photos! I love what Peach said. It's really true isn't it!

    Blessings!
    Deborah

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  17. Wow, that is some serouce frost but it looks like lace. Beautiful xox Clarice

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