Thursday, December 27, 2007

Walking in a frosty wonderland

It's not snow, it's actually frozen fog that fell on the land like a great white blanket, also known as hoar frost. Not a pretty name; really pretty landscape!

The truck antenna had frost over an inch wide hanging on it

Even the cobwebs got frost-covered!

Monday, December 17, 2007

The Pacific Northwest according to Jeff Foxworthy

Maybe he was trying to be funny, but he really hit the nail right on the head! This is what I'm missing about Washington!

The Pacific Northwest According To Jeff Foxworthy:

1. You know the state flower (mildew).
2. You feel guilty throwing aluminum cans or paper in the trash.
3. Use the statement 'sun break' and know what it means.
4. You know more than 10 ways to order coffee.
5 You know more people who own boats than air conditioners.
6. You feel overdressed wearing a suit to a nice restaurant or to church.
7. You stand on a deserted corner in the rain waiting for the 'WALK' Signal.
8. You consider that if it has no snow or has not recently erupted, it's NOT a real mountain.
9. You can taste the difference between Starbucks, Seattle's Best, and Veneto's.
10 . You know the difference between Chinook, Coho and Sockeye salmon.
11. You know how to pronounce Sequim, Puyallup, Haceta, Yaquina, Yachats, Issaquah, Oregon, Yakima and Willamette.
12. You consider swimming an indoor sport.
13. You can tell the difference between Japanese, Chinese and Thai food.
14. In winter, you go to work in the dark and come home in the dark while only working eight-hour days.
15. You never go camping without waterproof matches and a poncho.
16. You are not fazed by "Today's forecast: showers followed by rain," and "Tomorrow's forecast: rain followed by showers."
17. You have no concept of humidity without precipitation.
18. You know that Boring is a town in Oregon and not just a state of mind.
19. You can point to at least two volcanoes, even if you cannot see through the cloud cover.
20. You notice, "The mountain is out" when it is a pretty day and you can actually see it.
21. You put on your shorts when the temperature gets above 50, but still wear your hiking boots and parka.
22. You switch to your sandals when it gets about 60, but keep the socks on.
23. You have actually used your mountain bike on a mountain.
24. You think people who use umbrellas are either wimps or tourists.
25. You buy new sunglasses every year, because you cannot find the old ones after such a long time.
26. You measure distance in hours.
27. You often switch from heat to a/c in the same day.
28. You design your kid's Halloween costume to fit under or over a raincoat.
29. You know all the important seasons: Almost Winter, Winter, Still Raining (Spring), Road Construction (Summer), Deer & Elk season (Fall).
30. If you understood these jokes you will probably forward them on but if you don't understand ANY of these, then you don't live in Oregon or Washington!!!

Sunday, December 09, 2007

Kerri's da bomb!


Mirror Lake, adjacent to a park about five blocks from our house, has frozen over. We had actually headed out to play at the park (in 24 degree weather - Wade's crazy idea) so we weren't prepared for sliding around on ice, but the boys got a big kick out of it (okay, so Wade and I really did too!). We have plans to head back there again soon, this time with more snow gear and gloves, an essential we were sorely lacking the first time. We're not exactly sure how thick the ice is. It looks close to a foot thick, but you know how water/ice skews depth perception. There was a vehicle parked on the ice and an ice fishing tent set up though, so we know it's thick enough to hold our family!

I think the lake must have frozen in two parts and this is where the two frozen sections merged.

Pretty pretty icicles.