We rang in the new year asleep in our beds…after all is was pretty chilly out. We went to bed a bit before 9, Tori was out quickly but I stayed up to read some. As we turned in I checked the temp outside, it was -15 f. The wood stove had been running all day and was doing a good job of keeping up with the cold. Mr W was elsewhere so it was pretty still, about 2 am I added some more wood to the fire and read some more. I awoke to the sound of the furnace, it had kicked in to maintain our 58 degree baseline setting. When we woke is was about -12 to -13. The winds have picked up a bit this morning so the chill factor is well below this. A good day to stay inside, I hope to slow roast some pork shoulder today, BBQ is a good mix with lazy Saturdays.
Before Christmas we mixed up a batch of the paper mache clay and worked up some sculptures, snow men seemed appropriate. These were made to test the mix. Tori will be using this new media on the next fairy house project. For our snowmen, I was the only one to build a 3 ball body. The girls and Tori made 2 ball snowmen…to me they don’t look right. I dressed mine up with a top hat and a corn cob pipe, he is pictured above in front of the “blue tree” art from a few years ago.
To help dissipate the winter blues we started some “Paper White” bulbs a few weeks ago and they are about peaked for scent and blossoms. We are gifted with a whiff now and then and are going to see if we can get some more before these fade away.
Our plan to spend time at the cabin for new years waned after having guests for Christmas…quiet time at home won over the 12 hour round trip drive. Adding to that choice was the fact that the lumber mill was closed the week before Christmas so I could not pick up some more T&G for the cabin…perhaps I’ll get some later this month…get is sanded and oiled and make a trip down there later this month or sometime next month.