We decided a few days ago to take advantage of Husband's extended winter vacation, and Daughter's flexible and portable home-school work to come up to the family house up in Lake Tahoe. So we gathered up our winter gear, I packed up my sewing machine and supplies (imagining a winter quilting retreat sort of thing), we wedged a space for the dog in the back of the car, and away we went. Cleverly, we came up before the start of the long weekend and managed to avoid active snow fall and traffic.
I started grinning from ear to ear as soon as I saw snow on the side of the road. I loved living in the snow when I lived in New Hampshire. I know it sounds ridiculous to those of you digging out from yet another blizzard, but I miss it and wish I lived in a snowy climate. (Sadly, I can't persuade Roger.) At least I get my fix up here and can then go back home and put away the boots and down jacket for another year.
Gemma had a tense first night, barking at every creak in the house and strange sound. I suppose we can be grateful that she is such an alert watchdog, but there is such a thing as TOO alert. Today, after a lot of wild romping in the snow, she is flopped on her side in front of the wood stove and she hasn't emitted a single woof.
I must confess that I did more photo taking than sledding. It's dryer that way. But I loved watching Gemma dash and then claim the sled from Caroline after she'd rolled off. She's smart enough to know it's more comfortable sitting on plastic than on bare snow.
When we're not flailing around in the snow, we're indoors being cozy. I finished "Major Pettigrew's Last Stand" which I adored. I set up my sewing machine and worked on the machine quilting for a bed quilt (only to discover I left the free motion foot at home! Ack! So I did the in-the-ditch part and will have to wait to do the free motion part later.) I baked brownies. Caroline is drawing and working on a new animation video, and Roger is napping and reading and helping his sister by doing odd jobs here in the house.
And that was only the first 24 hours. More snowy fun to come!