Thursday, December 31, 2015

Some Strange Seasonal Stuff

Burt and I have been absent for far longer than we ever intended to be. I'd blame that long spell of unseasonably warm weather between Halloween and Christmas for keeping me from getting things done, if I wasn't usually behind on my holiday preparations every year anyway. I have no excuse.

Flowers don't bloom in my garden past November, ever! This year, the pansies in the window boxes were so lush and pretty I didn't have the heart to pull them up. They somehow managed to survive until they were hit with an all out blizzard just three days ago. At least now it looks like winter.

Andy came home in time to help with the Christmas preparations that include making lefsa, a legacy from our Scandinavian ancestors. It wouldn't be Christmas without it, although once when we were traveling in Norway I did see it prepackaged for sale on the train, in the middle of the summer. 

It's basically mashed potatoes mixed with a little flour then rolled out like pie dough and baked on a hot griddle. I don't think it's supposed to blow up like a puffer fish but eventually it did flatten out.

It's always fun to have a cute pup around to help with the baking.
(Even if he did sneak off and poop behind the Christmas tree!)

Burt got a good chuckle out of that!

More seasonal baking, this time with a different appliance that is really only useful for making one thing at Christmas. What can I say? They taste good and someone has to make them.

Andy also lent his expertise to rolling up the KrumKake.
I will refrain from making any jokes about how to pronounce that name, for now.

Before the blizzard hit we took the opportunity to get out and enjoy the woodlands one last time, without snow shoes or cross country ski's, anyway. Andy and Kristin did some geocaching while Jeremy stayed home with Burt. Of course, we forgot all about how early it gets dark! 

It was great to be able to watch Mosquito Hill turn red in the setting sun. 

Nick took photographs from this mossy knoll all year long to record the changes.

Finally, we ended up at one of my favorite spots just in time to take photos during l'heure blue.

I'll end this post with the last display from our town's Festival of Lights, as it seems appropriate to New Year's Eve and because it was about the only photo I took from the event that turned out.

How are you celebrating tonight?

Best Wishes to everyone for a very Happy New Year! 


  1. That picture of Mosquito Hill is amazing, one of the best pictures I've seen all year. Just wonderful!
    Happy New Year!

    1. Wow, thank you. It's pretty rare for us to be out in the woods at sunset so it was a big surprise to see the hill turning red. It almost made up for the lack of snow!

  2. What Magnificent Scenery! And I had to Smile about the Pup taking a poop behind the Christmas Tree... I guess it just Felt Outdoorsy enough? *LOL* There you were getting unseasonably Warm this Winter and Fall... here in the Desert we were getting unseasonably Cold... go Figure! Happy New Year... Dawn... The Bohemian

    1. Oh, no! You too? It seems like to weather has been strange almost everywhere this year. The day I took these photos some of the trails were impassable due to flooding but then Mother Nature got herself together and dumped nine inches of snow on us. Hopefully you will warm back up to normal soon.
      We all got a good laugh out of Jeremy's mistake behind the tree but it seemed like our kitties were actually disgusted. Can't say if they were upset with him or us!

  3. How hilarious post!! These pictures were truly so interesting to watch. Thanks my friend for this great share. Well, we celebrated Christmas this year in New York with our daughter. She also took us to the most popular Christmas events at some vintage party NYC venues. It was really a huge event!