Well, November ended busier than I expected and therefore I didn’t get a chance to update you. So, here I am at the end of 2019 with a two month update that includes lots of time with family, snow and the foggiest day of my life.
One of the best things about having our dog is that it gets me outside to walk her in the cold. What I’ve found is such beautiful scenery that I’ve always enjoyed from the warmth of our house but now I get to enjoy it first hand – with a heavy coat on and bright orange vest to keep the hunters aware.
Speaking of our dog, my husband and I installed an invisible fence for her. We installed it on what we thought would be the last warm weekend of winter.
The other big project in November was removing all the porch furniture. It’s always a sad day. I enjoy the empty porch but also know that I’ll be happy when it can be filled again with our porch furntiure for us to enjoy those cool summer evenings.
We rounded off the month with lots of long walks in the woods near our home. It was one of my favorite things of fall and we continued it until gun season started with deer hunting.
And then there was December! We’ve had two snow storms so far this year and I just have to say – I do love the snow in winter. While it can be annoying to drive in, it does make everything that much prettier.
In between the snow we found a new Christmas tree farm close to home. I love the simplicity of living in the country. We asked around and were told to visit this little tree farm and to knock on the door. The lady at the door told us to pick out whatever tree we wanted and then to come back and pay her $20.
There were no sleigh rides or hot chocolate – just beautiful trees and an adventure to find the best fit for our home. And the price could not be beat!
Back at home, we decorated for what is my favorite holiday. The wreaths I put together looked great once again this year.
And the outside was lit up each evening… that is when we had sun. We bought solar powered spotlights not thinking that there isn’t much sun in the winter. Hence, sometimes our house is spotlighted and sometimes it is not. But the porch lights always look grand! Not sure when we’ll take them down because I love looking at them.
One of the highlights for me in December was going with my mom on a self-guided church tour in the nearby town. I love old historic buildings (obviously) and getting to see them all decorated at Christmas with carols being played by the organ was a beautiful evening to enjoy. I even had a chance to sit in President Harding’s pew.
This month brought lots of time with family! The cousins got to see each other three times and I enjoyed getting to watch them make so many sweet memories.
We hosted close to 20 people for Christmas in our living room. The boys took on the new tradition of delivering the presents to each person’s seat. We open presents one at a time so each person can enjoy watching the other receive. With 9 kids I was so impressed how patient they were.
As we look towards 2020 I am already planning new recipes to make with you and farmhouse moments to share. Hoping you and your family had a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!