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Sunday, January 29

A Blanket of White

That's what's outside my door. It's been snowing since very early this morning and not expected to stop until sometime tomorrow. Or maybe next week. So far we've got about six inches. Dave's outside snowblowing the driveway right now and I'd bet he'll be doing it again tomorrow night. Our driveway is huge and it takes about 2 hours to do it all.

Friday night we went to Rescue Ray's house for supper. We had a nice visit with him and his wife. Ray burnt his wrist on the woodstove last week and got second degree burns so he's off work for a week or so and he's going a little stir crazy sitting still. They have such a beautiful home. We haven't been there for a long time and every time I go there I don't want to leave. It's a log home and I swear if it was mine I'd never leave home.

We didn't get home until 11:30pm and found a bunch of messages about our planned snowmobile ride for Saturday. It was too late to return the calls then so we fell into bed because we were beat. At 8:30 Saturday morning the phone started ringing again so we got our plans made and the race to get ready began. Tomorrow is Kade's 40th birthday and we were all a little apprehensive about making plans for a big party because he has his new girlfriend and we didn't want to step on her toes, so to speak.

Nobody seemed to want to step up and make plans so I finally said that we'd go for our ride and then all get together for supper at our house afterwards. I raced around trying to come up with a simple menu that wouldn't take much work after a long day on the trails. We had 10 adults and two kids coming for supper. We ended up BBQing burgers and Italian sausage with salads. I had some appetizers in the freezer and some shrimp that did the trick until the last guests arrived around 8pm. It was a mad rush but we had a great time and I'm glad that we could celebrate his 40th with him.

The ride was beautiful. It was a really warm day and we took a couple drinks and munchies with us. When we'd stop for a break it was so warm that we were all taking our coats off. The snow conditions were great and we all had a blast. It's days like yesterday that make me remember how much I really do love winter. I thought of all my blogbuddies during the ride and wished I could bring you all for a snowmobile ride.

I did notice that the snowman's head fell off on Friday. Poor thing looks so funny with his head laying there beside him. I think I'll leave it like that.


Blogger Zombs said...

I have never been on a snowmobile ride.

I hate the winter but think I would like it better if (and this is weird) I lived someplace where it is really snowy and cold. Where people actually do things outside in the winter and snow.

I am on Long Island and we get snow and it gets cold(although this year I can't complain). But it turns to slush after awhile. Or if it is cold no one is outside. I love the ideas of Winter Festivals and stuff. That place up north of Quebec no matter how touristy, looks cool to me.

If I had a choice I would move south to warm all the time but I do love the real scenes of winter. Am I making any sense?

As for log homes? I just love them! I love watching the shows on HGTV and Travel channel about Log Homes.

I also tell DH he better suprise me for my 40th. I have never had a suprise party. I knew about my showers(well I figured it out). If he was smart he would give me a suprise party on my 39th birthday.

Sun. Jan. 29, 09:16:00 p.m. EST  
Blogger ~Nutz said...

Those impromptu, spontaneous parties always seem to be the best of times, don't they? It sound like a wonderful day.

I totally agree with Zambonibaby about winter! ...and log homes!

*smooches* for the probably snowed in Lightsy!

Sun. Jan. 29, 09:23:00 p.m. EST  
Blogger Zombs said...

Oh I also love that the snowman's head fell off. I love those Calvin & Hobbes comics where he make all those disturbing snow people. Ever see?

I am on port now!

Sun. Jan. 29, 10:06:00 p.m. EST  
Blogger Zombs said...

Nutz copied me.

Sun. Jan. 29, 10:19:00 p.m. EST  
Blogger Swami said...

Sounds like a perfect winter day, Lights. I've had X country ski days like that.

Our winter wimpwd out this year. The snow cover is virtually gone and the ice sculptures for the Winter Carnival melted almost before they could be judged. We're having a freezing drizzle right now. Lovely!

Her's hoping you get a snow day tomorrow. Mean Jean won't mind!

Sun. Jan. 29, 11:40:00 p.m. EST  
Blogger Swami said...

See I'm up past my bedtime and so making many typos. Sorry.

Sun. Jan. 29, 11:41:00 p.m. EST  
Blogger Bravie said...

*snort* I want a picture of the headless snowman. *giggle*
Too many Southern Comforts for the poor thing.

Mon. Jan. 30, 08:48:00 a.m. EST  
Blogger lights said...

I'll try to get you a picture Carey but his head may be buried by now. We got 16" of snow. So far.

No snow days for me I'm afraid. All the buses are cancelled but Dave and I still have to go to work. Why we drove the car this morning I do not know. I dropped Dave off at work and found a 3 foot snowbank at the end of the street coming into the office. One vehicle had already plowed through it so I took a deep breath and plowed through too. Wheeeeee!

I got through okay but I could tell that the front of the car was plowing snow. The other vehicle that had gone through was a truck so it was higher than my car. I put the car in low and kept going because I really was kind of committed at that point. All the way down the hill and into the driveway I followed the truck's tire tracks but then I had to pull away to get to my parking spot. The snow was starting to come up over the hood.

I went to open the door and the snow was up to it so it swept the snow as it opened. My winter boots just weren't tall enough this morning. Guess I should have worn my snowmobile boots but that would have been a real fashion faux pas.

Ack! Freezing drizzle/rain is my least favorite weather condition. I'd rather have this 16" of snow any day.

Mon. Jan. 30, 09:18:00 a.m. EST  
Blogger Swami said...

You shoulda snowmobiled into work.

Mon. Jan. 30, 09:27:00 a.m. EST  
Blogger lights said...

But then I would have had a bad case of helmet head. Well that and the fact that I would have had to have left at 3am. *giggle*

Mon. Jan. 30, 10:02:00 a.m. EST  
Blogger Bravie said...

Do you ahve a chainsaw? Go out to the headless snowman and hold the saw up to his neck. We don't need to see the head but you could drop ketchup all around the base of the headless snowman and then snap a picture of Crazy Lights and her headless snowman.

Mon. Jan. 30, 11:05:00 a.m. EST  
Blogger MTW said...

*laughs at carey*
I like the idea of the snowman being beside himself!

I like winter because otherwise I'd never get anything done INSIDE the house. We'd have a beautiful lawn, garden, and grounds, but you'd come inside and it would be a pigsty war zone.

Plus, I like seeing women in ski attire. It's sexy!

*picture lights in a ski sweater*
*smooches lights*

My work here is done! :-)

Mon. Jan. 30, 11:30:00 a.m. EST  
Blogger momma said...

I think we need a picture of the headless snowman.

I've never been on a snowmobile. I've never seen more than a couple of inches of snow in my life. I'm thinking I'm deprived.

Mon. Jan. 30, 11:39:00 a.m. EST  
Blogger Sonya said...

It is 61 degrees here and sunny.

Mon. Jan. 30, 01:55:00 p.m. EST  
Blogger kim (weltek) said...

You can do all the snowmobiling you want. I will stay inside, stoking the fire & making dinner, mmmmkay?

*smooch* just because.

Mon. Jan. 30, 02:23:00 p.m. EST  
Blogger Breezy said...

wahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh I WANT SNOW!!!! DAMMIT!!!!

DH did go up to Cadillac Saturday riding with a couple of his buddies. He said the lakes weren't very frozen though.

Mon. Jan. 30, 03:42:00 p.m. EST  
Blogger Ames said...

we having an all request hour - soundtrack to life @ my blog

c'mon - we need music!


Mon. Jan. 30, 04:19:00 p.m. EST  
Blogger Monstah said...

So are snowmobilers the American equivilant to motorcylcers? Do you gusy have a snowmobile gang with cool jackets and secret handshakes and stuff?

And by the way, Mrs Lights, I loved the title of this entry. And that log cabin? What I love most about winter is how warm single, indoor lights look from a far. That is how I am seeing the cabin.

*still thinks Ray should get a blog*

Mon. Jan. 30, 04:51:00 p.m. EST  
Blogger lights said...

What a silly question Carey! Of course I have a chain saw. I even have my own chain saw (it doesn't work well but it will suffice for the picture). Chainsaw snowman massacre to follow. *grin*

MTW, snowmobile fashion isn't all that sexy. It's more about warmth than fashion but one can always use their imagination about what is under all those layers. *smooch*

Momma, you are deprived to have never experienced more than a couple inches. Of snow. *snicker* You and Sonya would love it! I thought of you when our friend was telling us about a truck he saw on his trip to Fort McMurray (Northern Alberta). He said he saw this very hot blonde driving around in a very nice truck and on the tailgate was painted "Silly boys, trucks are for girls!"

Weltek! Where were you on Saturday? I could have used someone to stay home and cook while I was out riding! *smooch*

We stayed off the lakes Breezy. They're not terribly safe up here either because of the very mild winter so far. There was only one breakdown on Saturday. Wanna guess what colour the machine was? *evil grin*

Hi Ames! Nice to meet you! Got any Peter Frampton playing in your blog?

No snowmobile gangs for us. We were a pretty mismatched bunch. Hell, we even let Arctic Cats ride with us.

Not to ruin your picture of the log cabin but Ray and Deb's log cabin is more like a log mansion. It's huge. Ray had the outdoor white lights lit up and candles burning throughout the house when we got there. It really was beautiful. They have a pond on the property too that was all lit up. Picture perfect.

Blogging may be a problem for Rescue Ray seeing as they don't even have the internet hooked up. Deb's working on it though but it's not a big priority for them. They just bought a digital camera and I was showing her how to download her pictures. She said that she wanted to get back online again to email pictures to the kids and grandkids.

I told Ray that my internet friends said that I owed him a kiss for saving my butt during the ice storm. He likes you all. *grin*

Mon. Jan. 30, 08:45:00 p.m. EST  
Blogger MTW said...

Lightsy, why do you thinkwinter clothes turn me on? My imagination is WAAAY better than reality! :-)

BTW, you look SMOKING.HOT. :-)
Wow. Just WOW.

Mon. Jan. 30, 10:56:00 p.m. EST  
Blogger bobdechemist said...

Are you in Canader or something like that?

Mon. Jan. 30, 11:00:00 p.m. EST  
Blogger Breezy said...

Give me snow reports, DH is going where ever he can find snow in two weeks for his birthday. *smooch*

Tue. Jan. 31, 08:15:00 a.m. EST  
Blogger Bravie said...

Yay!!! headless snowman pictures. *hops*

Tue. Jan. 31, 08:40:00 a.m. EST  
Blogger Zombs said...

No internet connection? They allow houses without?

Tue. Jan. 31, 09:37:00 a.m. EST  
Blogger Swami said...

Hey, Breezy's DH can go visit you, Lights! You can take him snowmobiling! Does North Bay have an airport? Okay, shoot me but I have no idea if there's an airport or not.

Tue. Jan. 31, 10:40:00 a.m. EST  
Blogger lights said...

*blushes & smooches MTW*

"Only in Canader you say?" Anyone remember that commercial?

That's the best place for trail reports all over Ontario. Send him up, we've got all kinds of snow! I would tell him to try and avoid areas with a lot of ice crossings. We've had so much mild weather that ice conditions are really poor everywhere. *smooch*

Carey, I'm hoping for a good 10 minutes of no traffic on the highway tonight so I can get this picture without anyone calling the police on me.

I know Zombs, I bug them about it all the time.

Perfect Swami, we'd love to have the Gimpazoid visit us. Not sure if we do the same kind of snowmobiling though. We don't do the big mile days anymore, we don't even have trail passes. We just ride around on the free trails where you can get away with having a drink or two along the way and there are no yahoos racing around.

Well certainly we have an airport. *beams with pride* Our airport has one of the longest runways around for a non-international airport. A Canadian Forces Base is right next to it so they shared the runways but now that the base has been downsized, the runways are all ours. In emergencies planes are often sent to North Bay because of the runway capacity.

Tue. Jan. 31, 11:54:00 a.m. EST  
Blogger Zombs said...

You definately are in prime Bigfoot territory.

Tue. Jan. 31, 02:39:00 p.m. EST  

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