Christmas Capers

I have been back to work in Airdrie for 3 weeks already!  Time flies!  Well it hasn’t exactly been a difficult start back into the working world…I arrived in time for team building, potluck and Christmas/New Year’s so not exactly a stressful time of year work wise!  It has been really nice being “useful” again though and wearing real clothes…not just the same long johns and mikes-old-sweater combo I wear most of the time.

We have been doing a lot of farm sitting lately; Mike always impresses me with how easily he adapts to situations.  For a week or so we had to go feed horses and calves and check on cows and he was right in there helping me herd bulls and fill buckets.  This week we dog/horse sat at a different farm (with 2 very sweet dogs but one that is SO OLD I was always a little worried to open the door in the mornings…) and he was a pro at corralling ponies and wrasslin’ pups.

 He makes a great Kubota model doesn't he?

He makes a great Kubota model doesn't he?

 We managed to find the cows in the mist...

We managed to find the cows in the mist...

 ...and we found some other friends as well!

...and we found some other friends as well!

It was a nice Christmas at the old farmstead.  We had get-togethers with a few neighbors and were overwhelmed by their generosity!  Our neighbor to the north gave us a beautiful bench and several other neighbors were generous with homemade preserves and chocolates.  Our youngest neighbor to the south even made us a bird feeder!

 Pretty good right??

Pretty good right??

The roads were a bit rough over Christmas Eve/Christmas Day so we had to switch up our usual routine a bit but it ended up working out well because we actually got to spend a bit more time with my mom this year.  I think next year we might have to come up with a new plan so everyone isn’t driving everywhere…I suggested Hawaii ;o).

 Mike rolling out Christmas cookies with a wine bottle.

Mike rolling out Christmas cookies with a wine bottle.

 Stained glass cookies before the "glass".

Stained glass cookies before the "glass".

 Sam helping me open presents...

Sam helping me open presents...

 ...He then opened his present.

...He then opened his present.

Speaking of mom she bought us a half chord of birch for Christmas this year…delivered by one of the more interesting characters that has arrived at our doorstep.  He was of course nice enough but just a tad odd based on the fact that he:  A) wanted a picture of our house…with him standing in front of it…with our dog.  B) asked us about our “prepping” plans…prepping as in The End Of The World prepping…  C)  was super into our “designer barn wood” that we were burning.  You know the picture of me getting ready to chainsaw because I was taking down a fence?  Yeah that stuff.  He asked if he could have some (why not?) and then ever so casually snaked a few more pieces.  Again though, actually a pretty nice dude…thanks Ma!

With our birch and some contributions from the neighbors I think we actually might not freeze to death this winter which will be nice ha ha.  Mike’s tiny woodshed is chock full at the moment, though we have been lucky the start of the winter was so mild.  Now that it’s getting colder all our systems seem to be holding up…fingers crossed they continue to do so!

I was looking in my day planner and it turns out that we got possession of our land on February 27th of last year.  That seems insane to me, how could it almost be a whole year already?  We’ve been living out here for 8 months as of January.  In some ways it’s like we have always lived out here but in others I don’t know where the time went!

I literally can’t even imagine what 2016 will have in store for us…

 He can tell when you are eating cheese even when he is outside.

He can tell when you are eating cheese even when he is outside.

 May your 2016 make you as happy as this donkey standing in the sun beside his camper!

May your 2016 make you as happy as this donkey standing in the sun beside his camper!