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By: Juli Eklund

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Saturday, 26-Dec-2009 11:11 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Happy Holidays from the Kansas Krew

Sunset on the deck
What's under your tree?
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Well, I've now experienced a blizzard. We've had snow since I moved to Kansas, but not a blizzard and what started on Christmas Eve was definitely a blizzard. And not a bad one at that when you compare it to weather further north. It's not that we got any great quantities of snow; it's what the wind did with the snow we got. It's hard to tell the exact accumulations since in some spots it's only three inches deep and in others it's three feet deep. The driveway has a good eight inches and since four inches makes it impassable, we are housebound until the plow guy arrives.

We've plenty of wood for the stove and propane for everything else we need to warm. I don't think there's any worry of the power going out; it doesn't seem to be that sort of a storm and anything that might have had an impact on power lines went down in the great ice storm of 2007 so we're cozy. I thought I'd share some photos from Christmas Day and wish you all season's greetings.

Photo 1: My favorite shot of the snow we got back on the 10th.
Photo 2: The loot under the tree (quite a lot since we have the boy back in the house).
Photo 3: DJ, who has come through the fire and turned into quite a nice young man. Air Force bound in March!
Photo 4: Elmo all snuggled up in the blanket wrap from last Christmas. We never even got a chance to use it. The cats claimed it immediately upon opening last year.
Photo 5: This is a raised patio but the wind piled the snow up against the wall so unless you know it's there, the drop off is rather a surprise. Forget about negotiating the stairs.
Photo 6: Out front shortly after we thought the snow had stopped and decided to shovel a path 'round the house.

Thursday, 26-Nov-2009 11:11 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Happy Thanksgiving

Dressed for Dinner
I have much to be grateful for this Thanksgiving. I try to remember that every time I feel pissy about something.

Since the family was out of town at a football game, my friend Bonnie and I went to a local upscale restaurant that does a special holiday meal. It was divine. I think it should be my new holiday tradition to go there for Thanksgiving.

Happy Holidays!!!

Friday, 6-Nov-2009 11:11 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Eight is Enough?

Big Bad Squirrel
I'd like to think that 8 squirrels is putting a dent in the population but if my previously espoused theory of there being 10 squirrels for every one I catch means there are 80 more to go...

This is the biggest one so far. He was so big that when I was lifting the cage in and out of the car his frantic scramblings almost shook it out of my hands. I swear he was cursing at me.

Mom, if you'd like to come for a visit, I can send some home with you.

Thursday, 5-Nov-2009 11:11 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Here is Six; Here is Seven. All Them Squirrels Can Go to Heaven

Lovely view of the Kansas River
Guard! Bring those keys and let me out!
These are squirrels six and seven. Six has the river in the background, proof for Steve that I am letting them go. Seven is screaming bloody murder for someone to get him the heck out of this cage.

In case you were wondering, Febreeze does a wonderful job of covering the smell of squirrel farts in an automobile...

Wednesday, 4-Nov-2009 11:11 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Number 5 is Alive

Another Rotten Rodent
Well, apparently the squirrels are so sick of acorns that they are willing to risk the cage to get the sunflower seeds.

This is number 5 in the back of my SUV just before I let him go at the boat ramp. You can see the lovely tall trees that await him through the side window.

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