Monday, January 19, 2009

Is It Spring Yet?

We had a yard cleaning weekend. While sane people are taking a day to rest, compulsive ones are raking the yard.
What a mess we had! It took two of us two long days of hard work to get two yards cleaned up.
Two huge trailer loads to the dump....two dogs to watch us slave...two of everything...
The snow storm we had before Christmas caused so much damage, half of Pine Cove collapsed.
My neighbor's hovel is still standing though! Darn it!!!

Really, we lost half of the Manzanitas and all of the skinny, little trees. Many of the pine and cedar branches fell all over our yards and of course some of my wood piles gave up and hit the ground.

Too much work for grandparents to handle!
It was a big mistake to end slavery!

Our reward was that we still got to run the doggies out to the beach on Sunday afternoon.

Our trail needs some work as well as it has some fallen branches on it and one big pine tree
fell down blocking part of it.
Never a break around here! Now that I am a grandma, I am ready for Country Club living.

I am also ready for some gardening, but the next storm is moving in already by this weekend.
My gardening consists of raking and growing wood piles for now.

Buck enjoys the little bit of snow left on the beach and he cannot wait to get some more.
Anyone knows how to teach doggies to do yard cleaning?

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Life In Pine Cove

If not out playing, we have plenty of work around the house.
Even work is fun around here though! Keeps those muscles toned,
and our elbows hurt, but that's only because we are too old for all
that work. Grandparents after all!

Mark has brought sooooo much wood from the forest lately, we
are lining up the neighborhood with oak.
A couple of our piles collapsed and took the old fancing out.
Looks like a job to me!

We gained those 10 pounds during the Holidays, now it is the
time to loose them. I am going to the Pine Cove Gym (my yard).

We have a new video on our website with the above title.
This blog would not load it up or am I a retard?

Monday, January 12, 2009

We Don't Squander Any Time!

We are so proud to be grandparents!

How do you like that?

We just got married in September and the first grandbaby is already
on his/her way.

Now THAT'S what I call speed and accuracy!

Sorry Bruce and Stephany, but we beat you to claim the Grandpa
and Grandma Houghton titles.

I will post pictures of my tummy later.
I think Grams need to do at least 200 situps per day for 9 months.
It's my governer, Arnold's rule or something like that.

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Don't Touch My Christmas Tree!

In my childhood, the Christmas Tree stayed up well into the New Year.
It was not decorated until Christmas Eve though.
I enjoy having it as long as possible, so mine is up after Thanksgiving (in order to observe the American tradition) and it stays up until January 6th. Here is the reason why....

The Twelve Days of Christmas, and the associated evenings of those twelve days (Twelve-tide), are the festive days beginning the evening of Christmas Day (December 25) through the morning of Epiphany (January 6). The associated evenings of the twelve days begin on the evening before the specified day. Thus, the first night of Christmas is December 25–26 and Twelfth Night is January 5–6. Twelfth Day is January 6. This period is also known as Christmastide.
Over the centuries, differing churches and sects of Christianity have changed the actual traditions, time frame and their interpretations. St. Stephen's Day (or Boxing Day), for example, is December 26 in the Western Church and December 27 in the Eastern Church. Boxing Day, the first weekday after Christmas, is observed as a legal holiday in parts of the Commonwealth of Nations and was traditionally marked by the giving of Christmas boxes to service workers (such as postal workers and trades people) in the United Kingdom; December 28 is Childermas or the Feast of the Innocents. Currently, the 12 days and nights are celebrated in widely varying ways around the world. For example, some give gifts only on Christmas Night, some only on Twelfth Night and some each of the 12 nights.