Sunday, December 14, 2008

Still here...

Yes, we know it's been a while since we posted but you know how it gets.  Between crazy work events and all of the present making for the holidays we've been pretty well swamped.  Can't complain though... well... less of the J-O-B and more of the work here around the house would be nice but hey... at least we HAVE jobs so we're thankful for that!

Unfortunately, because so many Nosey McNosersons read out blog (i.e. friends and family), we can't tell you about ANY of the gift making we've been doing because then everyone would know what they are getting for Christmas.

Anyway...

It finally snowed here!  Yup... we're at the top of the crest line here in West Seattle and we just got pummeled with high winds and rain then, last night, SNOW!  WOOHOO!!  We got home from a work event around eleven last night and the snow was already starting to accumulate and cause some icy roads.  As long as we were home safely, we didn't care.  We made hot chocolate with orange brandy in it and sat on our butts working on Christmas presents and watching movies in front of the fireplace.  Perfect...

Until...

This morning arrived.  Mind you, because of the crazy work schedules, we haven't been to the market for a few weeks.  Thank goodness for our stock pile in the freezer of meat as well as that HUUUUGE turkey we had from Thanksgiving.  We've been eating yummy turkey sandwiches, turkey and rice and, our favorite, turkey and dumplings since Thanksgiving.  That said, our stocks of fresh veggies and meat have run VERY low.  The Ballard Farmers Market was a MUST this morning.

HA!!

We woke up to four inches of snow.  I know to you hard-core snow country dwellers that's not a lot... here in Seattle... it's a lot.  Most of the roads were pretty clear but our hill as well as the main road to get out of West Seattle was a solid sheet of ice.  Perfect.  But, still, off we went and have just returned home cold and tired.  Even now in the middle of the afternoon, the sun has gone away and the partially thawed roads have frozen back over again... ick...

The most horrific part of this little snow storm was the damage to our French Chenille row cover.  The weight of the snow collapsed one entire side of the cover causing some damage to the young broccoli, snow peas and shallots.  Today found me running around out there with a broom clearing away snow and talking to plants that looked like they were on their last leg.  Fear not, however... all is well in the garden now and it looks like minimal damage was sustained.  After this snow clears, we'll put in some more cross supports to help out our brave little row cover.

So there you have it... the condensed version of where we've been and what we've been doing.  Thanks for all the notes and emails but we're just fine... just a LIIIITLE busy.  LOL  We'll get a market report up today and maybe even a recipe or two.  Now excuse me while I go have some coffee with bourbon... mmmmm... knitting in front of the Christmas tree with a hot cup of kicked up coffee... gotta love this.  Like you always say, little brother:  Life is good...

talk to you soon...
The Shibaguyz

15 comments:

Frances said...

HA, Hi Guyz, we were a little worried, but figured this is a busy time for crafty guyz! Do be careful on those icy roads, we know you will be cautious, it's always the other guy that doesn't know how to drive on ice...slow....slow...and slower! I laughed aloud at the kicked up coffee and cocoa! That is the way to relax and knit! Hope your chenille will recover, too!
Frances

Kathryn/plantwhateverbringsyoujoy.com said...

Hi, Guyz! Never thought of lacing my hot chocolate! I might give that a try come Christmas! The fireplace sounds lovely, as does the knitting! I was thinking of starting something new tonight! Meanwhile I'm baking cookies (Mexican wedding) and a pie--hmmm,cherry or mincemeat?? I'm thinking cherry now, and mince closer to Christmas. Have a good one, guyz. Enjoy that snow! xooxo

PS: Come see my doggie posts! You (of all folks)
must!

Weed Whackin' Wenches said...

Hey Shibaguyz! We only got a dusting here in Ballard/Fremont. But Diva Dog loves snow, so off tp the park we went early this morning to romp. Stay warm!
--Curmudgeon

Karen said...

Hey guyz, good for you for getting to the market despite the icy perils! We only got a dusting here in NE Seattle, but I am a fraidy cat about ice and had to drive downtown today. Felt lucky to make it there and back with no slippity sliding! Hope you stay warm and toasty throug this crazy cold snap and your row cover holds up! I was out putting Remay on my veggies the other day and totally thought of you.

Michelle said...

Guyz, I was wondering where you've been, missed the market reports. Glad you're warm and cozy. But... turkey sandwiches, turkey and rice, two thumbs up... but dumplings??? First fruitcake and now dumplings. I'm beginning to have my doubts. LOL

Keep the fires warm and the knitting needles clicking.

Weed Whackin' Wenches said...

Hey guyz! Hope you are doing okay. Wing Nut just heard that the West Seattle Bridge has been closed. Yikes, that doesn't happen often. We both got a snow-day today. Hope you all are warm and safe.
--Curmudgeon

P.Price said...

Just stopped by to say "hi" and wish you season's greetings!

livinginalocalzone said...

Glad you are both okay, though I certainly understand what it is to be busy...... oof. Your garden seems to have held up like a trooper in the snow. I've been following your winter garden protection, row covers, etc. to pick up some tips and this is something I've wondered about. Good to know that even in the winter weather, the garden can still flourish. Hope you can make it to the market today - one of ours actually closed because of the 12+ inch storm and bad roads... thank goodness for the winter CSA. Do you belong to one?

naturewitch said...

Hey Shibaguyz
This is a crazy time of year and oh so busy for those making pressies, not to mention the cooking! By the way, I've posted a recipe for home-made crumpets which may interest you. Have a great Christmas and New Year and try to find some time to rest . . xx

patientgardener said...

Hi both - am missing your posts I was looking forward to reading about your preparations for Christmas - hope all is well. Drop me a line

spookydragonfly said...

Just dropping in to wish you both Merry Christmas!!

our friend Ben said...

Merry Christmas guyz!!! I too was wondering what had become of you and thought I'd better head over and see that all was well, but it sounds like good times are being had by all! Give those Shibaboyz a treat for us!

lzyjo said...

Hope you guys had a lovely Christmas! Employment is now a simple pleasure, what a sad day. Do you believe it snowed four inches here in Tennessee?!

Kat Wolfdancer said...

Love your Shibas they are just gorgeous canine people. Just dropped by out of the blue, and from another Blog, but now that I'm lost (I can get lost in my own bathroom) I don't know where I started from... Happy Snow Days! Wasn't that fun???

>^,,^<

Lucy Corrander said...

Dropping by to wish you a very Happy New Year.

Your descriptions make everything sound very cosy and creative and fine. (Apart from the temporary collapse of the caterpillar!)

May 2009 be the same.

Lucy