Monday, November 29, 2010

Christmas tree is here...

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We decided to get a Christmas tree that had real flocking!  We drove up to Pollock Pines this last weekend, they had some pretty good snow going on and we wanted to go to the snow and get a tree for the first time.  I think we came home with a good tree and had some fun out in the snow!

Here I am heading out for the hunt!

Chris doing her best to stay warm!

Our "perfect" tree ready to take home

All lit and decorated for the holidays!

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Some snow video

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The snow last night and today was definitely more than we had yesterday. A few pictures to check out from today as well as a couple of videos (links to YouTube).

Molly playing in the snow
A shot from down at the barn
Another barn shot, with a little Splash
And a shot up at the house

Photos: As always, click on the photos for a larger view.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

First dusting of snow 2010

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We had our first dusting of snow overnight, started late last night and continued a little into the early morning.  Really light amount of snow, but it looks GREAT.  We're supposed to get a bit more tonight though, so it should look much different in the morning I think.  Here's a couple of shots from this morning....

As usual, click on the photos for a bigger version.

Looking down towards 193 from the barn area

Looking back up towards the house with the barn in the foreground

Dewey, the Snow Leopard / Barn Cat trying to figure out snow

The trucks license plate takes on it's full meaning!

Snow on the trees!

We'll have to see if all the other animals know how to play in the snow...

Friday, November 19, 2010

First bit of snow on our rear deck

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Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Our first snow coming this weekend?

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I guess we'll know for sure this weekend, but here's the weather alert as of this afternoon.  Our place is at about 2400 elevation.

Special Weather Statement

Statement as of 4:13 PM PST on November 16, 2010

... Wintry weather to return to northern California this weekend...

A cold low pressure system developing over the Gulf of Alaska will drop southward and affect northern California this weekend.

Ahead of this system on Thursday and Friday... winds will increase over the higher elevations of the northern Sierra Nevada and become strong at times. Gusts of 40 to 50 mph or more will be possible along the crest.

This storm will bring cooler temperatures and a chance of precipitation over the northern mountains starting on Thursday. Precipitation will become more widespread on Friday. The main portion of the system will move through northern California over the weekend bringing heavier rain and snow and lowering snow levels. Snow levels are forecast to lower to around 2000 to 3000 feet later Saturday into Sunday. There is the potential for significant accumulating snowfall over the west slopes of the northern Sierra Nevada and over the northern mountains.

Residents of the mountains and higher foothill elevations... and anyone planning travel to the area this weekend should monitor the latest weather forecasts and prepare for hazardous winter weather this weekend.

An update to the report this morning:  For the foothills 6 to 12 inches of snowfall will be possible above 2000 feet this weekend.  Some light amounts of snow may even fall in parts of Redding Sunday night.

Friday, November 12, 2010

One year ago Chris and I saw this house that looked interesting...

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It was one year ago, on November 6th, that Chris and I first saw the house on Hope Mountain Road in Georgetown for the first time, my how time flies and how things change.  When we first saw the place I took a few pictures, we were back viewing the place about a week later and I took more.  I have "re-taken" those shots to compare things after that one year period.  Granted, we have not been living here for one year yet, it's only been six months, but there has been some change.  In this first set of pictures the change is not really noticeable.  Most of the work we have done has been down at the barn area and inside the house, but we'll start here.  When I get a chance to take a few more pictures I will post them.  Remember, you can click on the pictures for a larger view of them.

2009 - Looking back towards the main gate.

2010 - Vincent and Chris removed all of the red rock and roses that were not doing well.  The circle was not laid out properly, you couldn't drive around it.  We'll do something different at some point.

2009 - Looking towards the house / garage, although you can hardly see the house.

2010 - Again, more work done by Vincent and Chris to clear out a bunch of overgrowth in the front yard, getting us to a point where we can start from scratch.   A couple of decent size trees were removed as well.

2009 - Looking from the garage towards the house, it is in there, somewhere.

2010 - You can see the front of the house!

2009 - Barbara and Chris walking along the deck to the front door, hard to see the house to the right of the picture.

2010 - Once again you can see the house now!  Landscaping work ahead of us though!

2009 - Back of the house

2010 - Most visibly you can see we removed all of that juniper that was growing wild.