Tuesday, January 23, 2018

The Sun Appears

After the storm.
Hmmm...how can I catch that bird?

It's pleasure to blow snow on a sunny day.  It feels much different if you have to do it on a stormy night and all you see are the reflectors on the stakes along the side of the driveway and the snow drifting across the road in front of you.

Everything looks so soft and peaceful.
And the snow on the trees matches the clouds in the sky.

Ice flowers on our bedroom window.

This guy showed up to check out a deer carcass I had left out for the ravens.
Pictures of my father, Tauno Kilpela, which were on display at his funeral.

A Cold, Gray Day

Ilkka watching the birds at the feeders.
Nothing to brag about, but cold enough for the government.
This is always a cheerful sight...
Can't say that for this guy.

Lake effect snow.  The sun was shining twenty miles to the south.

A little color on a gray day.

Look who got a new bicycle for Christmas.  These standover push bikes are easier for small children to ride than the old tricycles ever were.

Time to refuel after a hard ride.

Pine Grosbeaks are often visit our feeders during the winter.

Christmas 2017

Santa's elves delight in the new snow.
Hauling in the Christmas tree.  I had actually selected another tree last summer, but it was too far to drag in the deep very fluffy snow.

Our newest granddaughter.

This little girl knows how to eat a bagel. You first eat all the cream cheese.

Joulupuu on rakennettu...

A pileated woodpecker visited our apple tree.

Good thing everyone is wearing wool.

I "planted" this spruce with a posthole digger so we could hang lights on it.

Dashing through the snow in a one-man open sleigh....

O'er the fields we go, laughing all the way....
Nar juldags morgon glimmer....Christmas morning

Sininen hetki...the blue moment

Looking through the kitchen window....

It was a stormy, cold day, but everyone stayed warm.


Friday, December 8, 2017

Thanksgiving 2017

Deer Hunting - a defining cultural ritual of the Copper Country. During deer season men greet each other with "You get your buck yet?"  The fortunate few casually remark,  "Yeah, I got a little (2-4 )pointer / a nice (6-10) pointer."  Anything above 10 points you only say "Yeah, I got one" and wait until you are asked "How many points."  Unsuccessful hunters have to stifle their envy and try to look happy for another's good fortune.  Etiquette dictates that you never  appear too pleased or displeased with your luck. 

First ski of the season.

Story time.

David skating in his WWII vintage army coat.


Hmmm...this tastes funny.
Thanksgiving meal - turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, cranberries, etc, etc.

Some were selective

Getting down to some serious eating.

All six in one  picture.  They didn't stay still very long.
Uncle Sam and Aunt Amanda reading a story.
Coming back from the sheepyard.
The pond was covered with a sheet of water after a rain.
After many unsuccessful years I finally got lucky.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Sledding on the Pond

Times have changed
We used to play hockey on the pond

But then these little girls all came along
And now we have even more fun

Sometimes we pull
Sometimes we just give a hard push

In a few years we'll have a new hockey team.