Winter On the Ridge

Fall blurred right into winter as we undertook a MAJOR remodeling project. We tore out the walls of our “retreat”, a small den adjoining our master bedroom, to enlarge our dining room. We will miss our cozy nest; during the long winter months it was our favorite evening spot for reading or watching shows. We replaced the front door, ripped up carpet, spackled holes and  painted to get ready for Thanksgiving company. When our last minute attempts at flooring failed, we quickly purchased a $100 rug and frantically tossed the furniture back in place with just minutes to spare before our first group of kids and grandkids arrived.

The newly expanded room is 20 x 30 and accommodates our Amish table extended to its full 12 feet.

Our family was all together for the first time in 3 1/2 years. It was loud and crazy with 24 for Thanksgiving dinner and 10 overnight guests. We had a grand time reconnecting, playing games, doing crafts with the kids, and feasting!
Early December Hubby traveled on business. As a surprise, I repaired the bedroom side of the retreat door, repainted our bedroom and redecorated. Four of our older grandchildren were here and they pitched in to help with the project. Hubby was very thankful that he didn’t have to do that job.

We celebrated Christmas and Hanukkah this year. Mixing some of our old traditions with some of the newer things we are learning in our Bible study. It helped that they coincided this year.

After the holidays, we resumed the remodeling project and the new flooring was laid. 600 square feet!! We are slowly trying to get the house back in order before it’s time to start thinking about planting. The weather has been odd…lots of snow, followed by days of torrential rain and flooding with temperatures between -10 and 60 degrees. Sometimes with 30 degree drops in just a few hours.

As we continue to finish indoor projects and prepare for tax season, my crock pots are getting lots of use. I have always been a big fan of the crock pot but as our family moved out, I used them less and less because they were just too big for the two of us. For Christmas I was given a gift certificate and purchased two smaller crock pots. One 4 quart and one 2 quart. I am in love with crock pots again. 

Today is another dull gray afternoon and I have both pots working on dinner. The larger is butternut squash soup and the smaller, tapioca pudding.
Almost one month into winter and we’re hanging on with hopes of spring.

What’s new at your place?

Until Next Time, 


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