Finally… some snow

It took until mid-January to get snow that was more than a dusting. The heavy, wet snow tumbled down quickly but warm temperatures turned much of the volume that reached the ground into water. Total depth ended around 2″ even though much more fell. Maybe 4-5″ based on the buildup on top of our wind chimes. But this is the sort of snow that clings to everything it touches. Window screens, rooftops, bird feeders and particularly the trees were shrouded in crystalline white making it look like a wintery day indeed.

We kept a fire burning all day creating both warmth and ambiance on this last weekend of our Christmas decorations. The Martin Luther King holiday has been a long weekend for me since I started work at Anheuer-Busch 35 years ago and marks the unofficial finish of the Christmas season for us. Next week I’ll start taking everything down and while the snow frozen onto the lights will delay things a bit, by the end of next weekend most everything will be packed away.

A Short stay

The holidays are over and it’s back to another new normal. We’ve been told to work remotely 100% again because of the latest COVID surge. So I worked from the country Thursday and Friday and we left Saturday afternoon for a performance at the St. Louis Symphony. Next week ends with a 3 day weekend that should afford us a bit more time to relax and enjoy the holiday decorations before they come down the following week.

I did get to mount my sister’s Christmas present to me just to my right of where I keep this site up to date. A wonderful local artist, Mark Hurd, who painted a perfect picture for the Clydesdale Room.


We just took it easy on New Year’s Day. As predicted the rain started before dawn and the temperature began to fall and continued throughout the day. When we went to bed just after midnight it was in the mid 60s but when I started a fire at 9:00 it was in the low 40s. By evening it was below freezing but the rain stopped before then so we missed out on any significant snow again.

When I got up the next day to my surprise we got enough snow to dust the ground and is our first snowfall of the winter, as meager as it might be.

It was 14 when I went out for a walk. Roger was moving the cows into the winter pasture as I went by. They seemed very happy to race through the gate when it opened. I expect that all the trees in that area help block the wind and since it looks like winter is finally here I’m sure anything helps.

I made a big breakfast of eggs, bacon, sausage and cinnamon rolls for us both and some mushrooms, tomatoes and black pudding for me. Not quite an English fry up but close enough to make it special. Looking forward to a relaxing day of watching The Waltons, one of the Christmas gifts we gave each other this year.

New year’s eve

Unfortunately Jen, Ron and the grandkids decided that it would be best for them to stay in St. Louis for NYE too. The weatherman’s calling for falling temperatures and mixed winter precipitation and Jen needs to start work on Monday so I think they assumed better safe than sorry. So I had to flip and move the train table myself so I could continue to move things along. It wasn’t easy but once complete it was all worth it.

I went out to the store to get pizza rolls, something Jen says is part of their tradition, and we had a quiet evening alone as we have many times before. We did have a bit of company as Corona decided to join us for the festivities and take advantage of the presents being gone from beneath the tree.

New Year’s eve prep

The Parres clan is coming to the farm again for New Year’s eve so I spent the whole day wiring the new train layout. It took longer than expected but played out as planned.

I figured it would be fun to have it running when the kiddos got here but in the afternoon Jen texted that Dustin and Niki’s neighbor tested positive for COVID and they decided to tuck themselves in for the long weekend to be safe. So I tied up the wires and will get it all together tomorrow.