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What’s your favorite season of the year?

So…it’s been another strange winter. While others around the country have been deluged with rain, snow and wind, our Pacific Northwest weather has been quiet and almost balmy in comparison. Even our mountains are desperate for snowfall. We’re all concerned because that snowpack feeds our rivers and tributaries, and by default, irrigates our crops.

These hills should be covered in snow.

These hills should be covered in snow.

As someone who likes seasons to look different, I wish (and I say this very quietly) we could have a bit more snow in winter. This is our second year of no real measurable lowland snow, and I love a walk in the snow. I’m the first one out the door when the flakes begin to cascade down. I like Spring to be full of rain and flowers. Summer to be warm and rejuvenating. And Fall to be alive with changing leaf colors, then fading into the hibernating chill of winter.

We are very, very lucky to live here. We have our issues, mostly flooding when we get too much rain. Sadly, that’s meant some loss of life, most recently with the Oso slide in early 2014 where we lost 41 people. So I’m not complaining. I know we are lucky.

I just wish I’d seen a bit of snow.

How about you? How did Old Man Winter treat you this year? Were you part of the January blizzard in the Northeast? Sunny and warm all winter long? Is winter your least favorite season? Which one do you like best?

Where’s the Snow? Our Annual Winter Cabin Gathering

It’s that time of year again. Over The Backyard Fence has been around for quite a while, so I’m certain some patterns are emerging. For me, this is the post-winter-cabin blog. The time where I get to recap another awesome weekend spent with our kids and grandkids in a not-so-rustic cabin, surrounded by snow.

Only there wasn’t any snow. Well, there wasn’t much. This winter has been very warm and even the ski areas are hurting. As a family, though, we are great at adapting and had a wonderful time.

From Friday to Monday, we settle into a rented 4 or 5 bedroom house once a year and spend the weekend playing games and catching up on each other’s lives in a relaxed atmosphere. We can usually leave the hustle and bustle of our normal lives behind for these three days.

This year was no exception. In fact, I’d have to say it was probably one of my top 3 cabin adventures. Our newest granddaughter, at 11 months, was in town. Her mother came, too, of course. Lol. We all loved having this time to cuddle with and get to know her better. And what a fun age to spend time with a baby! She’s crawling, laughing, smiling, and generally curious about everything that’s going on around her. She took to the large group well and didn’t even got cranky. She’s an amazing baby and we are so lucky to have this youngest addition to our family.

We watched our Seahawks football team. That was fun to do as a family. We decorated sugar cookies, played dice and cards, celebrated a late Christmas, and ate. Oooh, boy, did we eat. That didn’t do well for my “food modification program.” But the food was SO good. One daughter and I do breakfasts (breakfast casserole, omelets in a bag). Our other 3 children take over dinner (ham, lasagna, etc.). It was all just too good to resist.

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Oh, and this year, we added something different. Since I’ve been going to the gym, I wanted to get some workouts in. So we put up a list of exercises (pushups, situps, planks, etc.) and for each exercise completed, folks got to put their name in the hat for Amazon gift cards. The kids and grandkids totally got on board with it and that bowl was pretty fully of names by the end of the weekend. It was…awesome. (Sorry, that’s my favorite word, can you tell?)

So now we’re all back to our hectic normal lives, but with some good sleep, great visiting, and a smile on our faces. Next year will be our 15th winter cabin weekend and I’m already looking forward to it.

Ice and Snow? In Florida?

Hey, Jillian here. We’ve had a quite interesting last couple of weeks around here. First, my son got a new job in Providence, Rhode Island which necessitated him coming home (a ten hour drive) to bring his wife’s household goods to our house to add to the ones in our garage (that have been there since he went to England for his master’s degree) and put them all in a U-Haul to drive them up to RI. They came up from near Ft. Lauderdale on the day that the winter storm arrived so spent a good three hours (of the 9) driving in icy rain (good practice for RI).

The day after they got here, the whole city was shut down due to icy roads and the temperature didn’t get over 17 degrees Farenheit so none of it melted- we do not have snow/ice equipment here as it rarely is needed. My son and his wife closed the garage door to sort through his things but it was still super cold in there for them. It was pretty funny when they opened and closed the doors to dart out and put a load of stuff in the U-Haul. We sure aren’t used to brr temperatures like those.

The travelers left for Rhode Island along with my husband towing the U-Haul with his truck on Thursday. I told them I had visions of them having to live in it as they reserved an apartment sight unseen by using Zillow. Well, guess what? When they got there on Saturday, after 22 hours of driving, the place looked nothing like the pictures on Zillow and they refused to rent it. So, they didn’t get a place until Monday of this week and it’s been snowing up there. They got to pack in the ice and snow and also to unpack in even worse conditions. I’m just glad I had to work! LOL!

The day before the ice/snow was 69 degrees and after the three days of under freezing temps from Tues-Fri, it was 69 again by Sunday. It’s been a wild winter. Today it’s 60s but will be 32 tonight. Fun.

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OOOPS!

Sorry I missed my day to post. Just put my head on the pillow and realized it was the third Monday of the month. That pesky first being on a Monday threw me off. Tomorrow is my father’s 73rd birthday and his gift is a possible bypass surgery. We’re not sure yet as he may be able to get by with just a stent or two but the decision won’t be made until tomorrow. So, I’m a bit stressed and discombobulated. Sorry.

Feeling very down about the whole Boston Marathon bombing as well as the Iraq bombing today. Why is there such evil in the world? It just don’t get that mentality. Hurting others even by words is something I try not to do. I can’t even fathom the kinds of things these monsters are thinking. Wow. I’ve been praying for the victims all afternoon.

I hope everyone is having a wonderful april weather-wise. I know it’s been rough all over and I hope the snows some of you are having have finally stopped.

Let’s all hope for sunny skies and good things to happen the rest of the month. I’m hanging in there and hope anyone who sees this post is as well. We must believe in better days, right?

The Joy of the Small Stuff

Zorro, our guide dog puppy, is eight months old today and I can’t believe how fast the precious months with our boy are passing. He’s pretty challenging at times and certainly keeps us on our toes, but he’s an absolute joy and makes us laugh all day long. He loved the snow and bounced around like a lamb, found a new girlfriend to flirt with and generally enjoyed himself. He’s a bright lad, knows the rules but most of the time decides to ignore them. His current favourite game is hiding from us and only last night he peeked out from behind the closed curtains in the sitting room with said curtains wrapped around his neck like a cloak. Sadly, by the time I grabbed my camera he’d managed to disentangle himself.

He’s given us a whole boatload of joy. Fabulous moments that no amount of money can buy. It made me think of others things that happen during the day that bring me pleasure. Not only the big stuff, like being grateful for my wonderful hubby, for our blessed good health, friends, family – though I am grateful, more than I could ever say. It’s the little things that often slip by unnoticed. Here’s just some of the things that gave me pleasure in the past twenty four hours:

1. snowdrops in the field near our house
2. watching the sun go down and the glorious sunset that followed
3. Zorro greeting me with mad joy when I came home from work
4. AJ’s smile and the twinkle in his eyes
5. My mum telling me she’s feeling better after recovering from flu
6. A favourite chocolate biscuit with a nice cup of tea
7. Phone call from a dear friend wishing me a happy semi-retirement
8. Vase of beautiful daffodils in my kitchen
9. Slipping into a bed with freshly laundered sheets
10.A new romance novel to start at bedtime

That’s just a few of my things. I’d love to know yours.

Tricia