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Most years we head out in the forest with friends to find our Christmas trees but this year, it was just us. The road was covered in snow and we did not drive nearly as far into the forest as we have in the past. No point in trying to get stuck. Some people think that’s fun but not us! It did not take us long to find a nice Douglas fir that will grace our home for the holiday season. Of course, it was on the steepest hillside. The dogs and I trundled through the snow while Ken tied the tree to the top of the truck.

Everyone celebrates Christmas a little differently. Our dogs are always a big part of Christmas Day. And skiing too. We skied on our new Hok skis around our hill after breakfast and then we picked up Mary and Molly and went to Big Valley for some classic skiing while Don stayed home and fixed Christmas dinner for all of us! It was a good day!

In Search of the Perfect Christmas Tree

Our good friends and their enormous newfoundland dog joined us for the day. After much organizing and loading we all squeezed into our truck and headed for the forest with our US Forest Service Christmas Tree Permits in hand. It was a perfect winter day with lots of sunshine and some fresh snow. Not too much snow. Last year there was so much we could not get to our favorite spot. We were in luck this time. This is our fifth year here and Ken and I have gone out on Thanksgiving weekend each year to search for our own Christmas tree together. We have gone from taking four dogs with us to just one. Sam is no longer limber enough to traipse through the woods and is content to stay cozy and warm at home.


But first, their was a downed tree across the road blocking our way


Steve and Ken made short work of it


Dogs romped and played before the unfortunate dog incident where 120 pound Micah pounced on 60 pound Luna.


This is the place.


Em is ready to help with his own saw as his mom looks on


That’s our tree! Thank you tree. And thank you Steve and Kim for finding it!


Luna is no longer comfortable with Micah.


There’s the happy family with their perfect tree!


And through the woods we go.


It was a parade


Ken likes this


The tree is just the right size for our house.

Such a pretty day.


Here comes Kim with their small tree.


And the guys brought in a big one for them


Em got to ski while the trees were loaded on the truck


First time this year. I think he likes it.


Short days


Headed home


Ken doesn’t like it when the holiday season comes to an end. I feel a sense of relief that life returns to ‘normal’, whatever that is. It’s never really totally ‘normal’. Right now, the weather is dreary with rain on snow and friends are dealing with a family crisis. Is that normal? Who can say?

At any rate, presents are unwrapped and the mess cleaned up, decorations, except for the lights, have come off of the tree. New Years has come and gone and it’s back to work for most folks. The dogs are bored and wonder if they will ever have fun again. No wait – there’s dinner for them to look forward to! Hopefully, by tomorrow the tree will move on to its new life and become another bird feeder.





Solstice has come and gone and days are getting longer! Christmas is just around the corner and soon it will be New Years. We are firmly in the grip of winter with cold temperatures and ice and snow all around us. More ice than snow as it’s been weeks since we’ve had any substantial snowfall. ‘They’ say it’s in the forecast though. The tourists are already arriving for winter time fun in the Methow and our Christmas cards are, at last, in the mail!

Winter Sunrise


Christmas Cards



Santa’s Elf


The Elf likes Whiskey and Icicles


I prefer Champagne




Another Solstice Bonfire Celebration


And our Christmas Card to Everyone



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