Santa came and went

My grandson Collin’s musical career got off to a blazing start Christmas morning. His first axe! The dinosaur Dr. Denton’s would be good stage wear. Beats the hell outta most of the crap Devo wore. I can only imagine that the first time he sees a video of Pete Townsend that this guitar will have a target on its neck.

We survived having large portions of both sides of our families mixing for Christmas dinner. It is rare that we get the two clans in the same house. Happily there were no political debates or discussion of religious philosophies exchanged among our guests. It is easy for everyone to get along when Theresa sends out all the great dishes she had prepared. No time for talk….just eat.

Collin found a new die cast tractor from Santa. Katy found a .243/20 gauge Rossi youth model and a pellet gun. The girl wants to hunt. Her uncle John and Aunt Virginia fixed her up with a rifle case and turkey call as well as a plethora of hunting accessories. Grandma Sharon threw in some light weight camo pants and shirt.

Mom and dad hooked her up in camo bibs, jacket and bog boots.

I think she was a tad bit disappointed that Santa didn’t leave a Wii.

I was plum wore out. You can see that I barely had the strength to lift the remote… I had split wood for the last couple of days and was feeling it for sure. I was rewarded after a delivery from the propane man and a check of our records to know that we have barely used 125 gallons since August. That is a huge difference from last years totals. I would truly love to reduce our use by at least fifty percent but that would be difficult with our present systems. We cook, heat our water and our furnace are all propane. Since installing our new wood stove the furnace has barely run at all.

We have discussed the installation of a solar hot water system for our next project. Hopefully the stars will align and the cash will become available to install a system that would not only supply us with our hot water but supplement our home heating. Eventually we plan on finishing our basement and a radiant floor would be a very nice start.

Our favorite seed catalog made its pre-Christmas appearance. Theresa and I actually spent an evening with our seed collection and planned a bit of this springs wish list. This is an activity that we usually reserve for February but it just felt like the thing to do. Makes me feel a little warmer inside thinking about playing in the dirt.

Spring will be here before we know it. I would like to get a planned expansion of the coop started and push the hogs pen out another section of panels. Turkeys are on the agenda for this spring too.



  1. December 28, 2008 at 3:33 PM

    Looks like you’re enjoying the life of Riley! Congrats on the propane bill being lower. Happy Seed ordering – here’s to an early spring!

  2. Katie said,

    December 29, 2008 at 9:46 PM

    Great pics there Lee! Haha…love the jammies. We’re looking forward to seeing you on New Year’s Eve. Cheers!

  3. Ed Abbey said,

    January 3, 2009 at 9:36 AM

    I think that tractor came in the perfect shade of GREEN!

  4. Danielle said,

    January 3, 2009 at 3:45 PM

    What a merry Christmas it sounds like you all had. Peace and happiness in the new year!

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