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A Different Christmas

December 22, 2011
Hawk fluffing up in the cold

Here we are, our first Christmas in Idaho. Life is as different as it can be. This is what we signed up for and so far, the magic prevails. We decided to use a couple more of our firewood tags for 2011 while the weather held, and headed up to the backcountry two days in a row. The temperature showed teens as we arrived, the crystalized snow sparkling off every naked willow and tree. Summit Creek still gurgles and game tracks riddle the land .  A pair of eagles soared off the high peak above us and kept us company with their voices during the day.  The sun warmed us to the point of shedding layers, but you couldn’t convince our new puppy of this fact. He bounded in the snow, grabbing sticks and trying to keep up with Zephyr until he tired and needed to curl up. He found our pile of coats on a stump and curled up for a nap.

On the second day, after we cut, we drove out a bit farther, turned the truck around in the middle of the road to put the tail gate into the sun, spread a horse blanket across the cold metal and had our hot coffee and lunch. We warmed up from the inside out and then took a little hike through the foot deep snow. We didn’t see another soul, not even on the drive in or out.

Our horses are wooly and their feet are doing much better. Yesterday, Sonata rolled in the new snow, jumped up and did a little bucking show. The temps have dropped. This morning we were at a lovely minus 5 when we fed the horses at 7:30. The fireplace keeps our house warm and toasty. I did some baking and we sampled our first sweets of the season. On Christmas morning, we will go back out there to find a Christmas Tree.  We look forward to our kids coming out in  few weeks for a delayed family Christmas, but as the actual day nears, we hunker down in our new life with each other, thankful to have true love between us, and the bounty of God’s earth around us.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. December 22, 2011 6:09 pm

    Beautiful sunset photo and prose!

  2. December 22, 2011 6:26 pm

    Thanks! I see you are a fellow empty nester. We plan to add chickens to our world this summer.

  3. helen permalink
    December 23, 2011 4:38 pm

    Merry Christmas Julie & Tim! So fun to watch you begin this year the life you planned so well. Love, Helen & Scott

  4. December 23, 2011 6:40 pm


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