One of the things I really miss about Norway was that you were pretty much guaranteed a white Christmas (at least where we lived). Here? Not so much. Sometimes a really good storm will hit and Redmond will get a light dusting, but it usually disappears in a day or so.
Luckily we don’t have to drive far to seek out the white stuff, so on Sunday JK, Carlos, Bobby and I headed to Melakwa Lake for a quick hike (I love that I can call 9 miles and 2300 feet of elevation gain a “quick hike” now; a year ago it would have killed me!):
We had a perfect day except for the icy, relentless wind by the lake. When we stopped to eat lunch, it was too much for little fat- and furless Bobby to take, so JK stuffed him inside his jacket and opened one of the ventilation zippers on the side so Bobs could stick his head out for air (and snacks). Marsupial madness!
Loved the snow on the trees (even though they kept aiming for our necks with their cold, soggy snow bombs:
Bobs made a new friend:
Walking in a winter wonderland:
It was great to get out there, the snow conditions were perfect – fresh and shallow enough to not need snowshoes or have to worry about avalanches yet.
Unfortunately it’s also the season for Kleenex, and I have come down with a lovely sinus infection. I haven’t had one since I was a kid, so I forgot how much it hurts – and I’m being exceptionally whiny and annoying about it. I just want to pull out all my teeth and pop holes in my ears and rip out my eyeballs to relieve some of the pressure. Gaaah!
All hope of joining our friends for Thanksgiving is now lost, so we’ll try to make the best of the situation and have a cozy meal at home.