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X-Country Skiing…for the FIRST Time

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My body aches. My muscles are in pain. I LOVED ALL OF IT! Today, Aaron and I went X-Country skiing together…we just bought our first pair of skiies, boots, etc. I was a bit hesitant because this can be a pain-inducing sport…but, I think after the pain, it will all be worth it.  We live near a mountain, and in fact, can see it from our driveway, just over the tip top of the trees…it is Mt. Schweitzer. This mountain offers amazing downhill, cross-country and snow shoeing, just to name a few things to do up there. Many have condos there, as well. Today, we set out to try out the skiis. What a beautiful day of silent snow falling, swishing in the ski track and eventually, reaching our destination – Picnic Point…here is a picture of us at that point:

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Ok, I look a bit tired because I did NOT sleep well last night – my blankets kept falling onto the floor…so, excuse the tired eyes. Back to skiing…behind us you can see part of Lake Pend O’reille and if the camera was turned a bit to the right, your right, you would see parts of downtown Sandpoint.  When we first got up there, it was snowing. My toes were numb and I wasn’t sure why.  Soon, I realized I wasn’t doing the ski stride correctly.  As soon as this was remedied, my toes sort of started thawing out. It is nice, because there exists a professional, deepish x-country ski track and when I got really tired, I popped in there and swooshed along.  Aaron and I took turns doing that. Yes, we both fell, but it wasn’t too bad, really. Just took some getting used to – the feel and movement of x-country skiing.  Aaron took another picture of me atop the hill:

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The funnest part of this type of skiing is the enjoyment of the surrounding woods, the nearly-silent environment and the downhills…you truly “earn” those downhills after slodging up a big hill…makes the skiing feel like an accomplishment.  I just loved the experience and this is something Aaron and I started because we want to do something together.  The kids are getting older and our older ones stay with our youngest and well, it is real nice getting out with my guy and doing stuff. We both realized how fun it is just to get out and fall down and laugh and spend time together. It was a neat experience.

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Below Zero.

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This morning I WANTED to go out and feed the goats, chickens and other assorted animals we have because it is *officially* below zero up here. Not since living here, of what I can recall, has it hit below zero. With two minor upper layers, a warmer one and finally, my huge, heavy coat (with leg warmers, my Ugg boots) and gloves, I went outside to see what it feels like to be out in below zero temperatures. It was frigid but not so bad, due to all my layers of clothing.  My biggest concern since this cold snap has hit is that our bantams (smaller breed chicken) would not be able to withstand the dropping temps.  They now reside with the goats in the heated ,small shed. Additionally, there is lots of hay in the shed to keep them animals warm. The bantams sometimes burrow into the hay, leaving small, round indentations, which of course, looks like a small nest. Anyway, all animals (chickens and goats) were fine and were quite receptive to the all-stock feed and sweet oats I fed them.  

Here is the thermometer reading: -1.3 F

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When I got up it was actually -2.1 F, so, things are warming up! It’s funny, because last week, when it was 14 degrees, I thought how balmy and nice it would feel if it were 30 degrees. Now, I fondly recall the tropical 14 degree weather. 

One other thing about these cold temps – our chicken door scrapes the ice-encrusted dirt where it becomes nearly impossible, each morning, to open that door. Each day, we must use a pick-ax to chisel out the ice and dirt from under the door, just to open it. Another aspect of living in a very, very icy, cold climate, far North.

With Christmas around the corner, things are getting busy up here. It has been so much fun getting the tree, wrapping presents, sending boxes to family in different states, trudging through the snow to the mailbox to check on mail, baking, and all together, preparing for the most special celebration of our year – the birth of Jesus, our Savior. Many Christmas blessings and wishes to you and your family.

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Getting the Christmas Tree

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Eli and I ventured out into the wilderness today and got our Christmas Tree. (well, maybe not so rough into the wilderness) but we found a 7′ tree and now, the house smells amazing. But, let me back up. There is a place up North here called, “Christmas Tree Land.” Wonderful acres of trees. We took a hay ride into the fields and were dropped off somewhere out in the middle of the tree farm. We got lost out there for a bit of time, walking through and smelling the amazing Noble Fir trees; feeling their soft needles and just enjoying the experience of finding a tree. Here is a picture of the farm:

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The snow-covered mountains are in the background. The snow line dips nearly to the valley floor but no snow is accumulating down here. Yet. Our tree ended up being in an obscure part of the farm, surrounded by smaller trees. It stood out magestically, and when I saw it, I knew it was the one. 

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We will wait for Daddy and the older boys to come home to decorate it. Love the smell of Noble Fir Trees!

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Ahhhhh, Summer…..

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Fondly, I recall our hours on the lake. They were amazing. Beautiful. Glorious. Clear skies, calm water – it was wonderful to push off from the dock, crawl out of the 5MPH zone and then, throttle up and speed off.  The smells of pine trees – seriously – coming form the shoreline. The warm breeze blowing over us as we jetted across the lake. Right now, as I stand in our kitchen, on a cold November morning, I think on those moments, on the lake. The exploring we did on the various islands dotting Lake Pend O’reille. Pulling up to the sandy beach, getting out, and walking around an island filled with archaeoligical finds – etchings on a rock wall from thousands of years ago. Pictures of deer and letters that must have formed words in the person’s language, so long ago. Fossilized ferns and small animals. What an exploration we were on as we scoured the island; we being the only ones. Alas, I now look out the window and snow is a whisper away. I can feel it. But, how nice that I found this picture and can re-live those wonderful summer moments.

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