Saturday, December 31, 2016


The round "wheels" have fence posts underneath 
and then you see the wires in between all wrapped in snow.

 Jackrabbits galore
 Sharp-tailed grouse on the snow

 Christmas Day Windows
Christmas Day Stump de Noel Cake

Christmas Day we got a Big Snow.  It came in with wild winds and white-out conditions.  The two youngest sons ate with gusto and were out the door and on the road for home before the heaviest stuff dumped on us and there was no way out.  It was slow traveling with blowing snow, but they got back to their home safely.  PTL!  The rest of us just stayed inside and watched the blizzard happen while feasting and celebrating.  

After Christmas Day, we all went out to see what we could see.  Drifts everywhere.  On the high ridges and flats, it was somewhat bare, but wherever there was something to catch snow -- whether it be a fence, some trees, a little clump of grass or a barn -- there was a drift.  A big drift!  Some 10 foot drifts!!  The local weather station said we picked up 12+ inches of snow that day and since it blew up to 50 mph for about 24 hours, I really didn't see how anyone could measure such snow.  I enjoyed exploring around the tree patches near the homestead on the hard drifts, walking up high in the tree tops and over fences.  

Since then I've been out daily, discovering and trekking around on my snowshoes.  It's so interesting to see how the snow sifted and drifted like sand and made beautiful patterns and snow creations everywhere.  Yesterday I went out in a pasture where the sheep are and walked the deep, snowy draws and then climbed up to the hilltops.  My trusty Sue came with me.  Despite her old age, she stayed with me and never lagged behind like she is sometimes apt to do.  She enjoyed herself with the spirit of a pup.

With all the drifted snow, the men have been busy digging everything out.  The corrals and the barn was buried and many stockades and water tanks and roads.  There are snow piles everywhere and the children who live here are delighted at their new snow hills built by Papa and Daddy for their sledding joy. They even created stair steps for them to walk up the side of the sled-hill.

I hope you all had a good Christmas and are ready to forge ahead into the New Year.  Wishing you all the best.  Keep looking up!
Yesterday, just snow.                    Selfie-- Sue and me


  1. Wow- truly beautiful... and amazing. Happy New Year!

  2. Beautiful snowy scenes. Some years we have been snowed in at this time, but not so much to contend with and also enjoy as in your experience. I like your selfie! Wishing you and your family a blessed new year.

  3. Wow, Jody, this is a very white post! Your windows look like from a storybook, with your special touch of a poinsettia on the high chair - I love that! I had both of those things but not together. But then, your high chair is perfect for Christmas :-) Merry Seventh Day of Christmas!

  4. Wow!!! Walking in the tops of the tree tops! How that would be something to see and do. Have you had this much snow in awhile? I don't remember reading anything like that on your blog. We have had rain 12 hours at a time. That hasn't happened since I was a kid, I love your pictures. Ron was looking at it with me, he loved your mushrooms on your cake. I am so glad you had a nice Christmas. I loved your Selfie.
    Happy New Year Jody.

  5. Awesome! I love the fence post "wheels". Sounds like you had a cozy Christmas in the midst of the blizzard. Glad everyone stayed safe. Happy New Year!

  6. Oh what fun it was to read this and see your photos! Have you read Whittier's "Snowbound"? It sounds just like that! I'm glad your boys got home safe. Coming out after the storm and seeing everything bright and clean - isn't it lovely? We had drifts in Iowa that looked exactly like sea waves frozen in movement. I was amazed at them, as a girl from Mississippi. But my favorite photo is your Christmas window, so warm and pretty and festive. It's good to have a warm indoors on such days. And your cake turned out beautifully! Love those "mushrooms"!

  7. It's SO pretty and YOU and Sue are pretty, too!

  8. WOW! Such a snow storm and so very glad everyone made it home safely. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year; may you and yours be blessed richly and be aware of His whisper as He speaks.

  9. Now that puts our sprinkling of snow to shame for sure. Love your selfie!! Glad your boys made it home! A very Happy New Year to you and yours.

  10. I have never seen anything like those fence post drifts! Beautiful. Everything looks so fresh. Here is wishing you a safe, happy, and healthy new year.

  11. Wow -- what fun! Sounds like a perfect Christmas to me -- reading about it reminded me of Little House on the Prairie. I LOVE that picture of your window with all the little drifts of snow on the window panes. It amazes me that all your animals can survive such harsh weather -- I'm sure they wouldn't without all your hard work. Happy New Year Jody!!!

  12. Wow wow wow. Magical photos...

  13. Wow, that is a LOT of snow and what a gorgeous pattern. A proper winter, lucky you.


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