26 December 2016 – Snow, wind, more wind, and high of 25°F

We had a lovely Christmas Eve. It was 40° and sunny!  We went to our sweet neighbors’ for a ham dinner and had a really nice evening.  Christmas morning the fun began.

Blowing Snow and Reduced Visibility


We have an all-out blizzard going on right now. It is windy and blowing snow.  Yesterday, we shoveled the driveway but it was a waste of time and effort because the snow has just drifted right on over all of our work.

Shoveling the Old Fashioned Way


While we are warm and safe in the camper, and able to hang out in the house some, we are kind of disappointed because this was supposed to be the mega-productive week. We were expecting the paint to be finished today, but there is no way the painter can make it down our road or up our driveway.  He has done a great job so far!

Paint in the Basement



First Coat in the Kitchen


Incidentally, the painting has not been drama free. Dave and I went back and forth multiple times about the color to paint.  We wanted the house to be one color, something sort of off white and bright and cheery.  We settled on Valspar “Churchill Hotel Ivory”. Picking a paint color is not a lifelong decision, but still, we didn’t want to have to paint again if we didn’t like it. We even had the dry wall team paint up a sample and held it up to the beams, the floor sample, the countertop sample etc.  The first day the painter primed and put a coat of it on (every room by the way), we weren’t quite sure we liked it.  The first coat was a lot more yellow than we anticipated.  It kind of looked like we were living inside a tennis ball!  We had a few moments of despair because we certainly didn’t want him to start over.  We decided to give it some time and fortunately it mellowed quite a bit after drying.  We decided we not only like it, but we love it. Todd gave us some reassurance as well, that the dark floors really need a bright color to balance it out.  We can’t wait to see what it looks like when all the pieces and parts are put together.

We are hoping that we can shovel out by at least Wednesday because our cabinets and appliances are supposed to be delivered, and Todd wants to start installing the cabinets right away so he can do the flooring after that.

I guess by the time anyone reads this blog post, we will have shoveled out because I can’t post it from here on the Holler due to the limited internet. So, if you don’t get this post by New Year’s Eve, send the Saint Bernards!  But wait, that doesn’t make sense, how could you know if you don’t get this post?  Sorry, my brain is half frozen! Please disregard any crazy rambling….it should clear up by spring.