Monday, December 03, 2007

There And Back Again...

I'm back! I decided to stay an extra day and come back today after getting about a foot of snow where we were staying up in Brainerd Minnesota!! Here you can see my car nestled in front of my friends cabin. I'd never been to her cabin before and it was so fun to be able to be there... especially during a beautiful snow!!

Of course, snow like that requires lots of shoveling. (It was quite a long driveway!) Even though I had 'accidentally forgot' my boots, my dear friends were only too happy to let me borrow theirs!!

Of course, you can't have a snow like that and not make a snow angel... right Cheryl?? (She had also conveniently forgot her boots, but found her dads snowmobile suit and boots to wear. She looked lovely as usual!!)

We had to keep a fire going in the fireplace, which meant heading out to get fire wood. And why simply walk out when one can do whatever this is???

The snow was lovely and we had a wonderfully relaxing time. We laughed alot. We learned new meanings of words. We laughed some more. And we also did a little scrapbooking and knitting. (Well, I'm the only one that knits....) It was a cozy fit with our two tables and ALL of our stuff, but we did it. Sure is a good thing we all packed light! (Ha ha!)

These are the friends I went to the cabin with: Renae, Colleen and Cheryl. But they are more than friends, they are family. When God saw fit to give me four brothers and no sisters, He knew I'd be OK because of the friends that would come into my life. I met Renae when I was 4 years old and we have been close friends ever since. Colleen married my younger brother, so is really a sister! And Cheryl and I go back to elementary school. I am incredibly blessed to have them in my lives.

Ok, now on to knitting. While I was gone, I was able to start and finish a pair of Fetching mitts for a Christmas present. It is made with Wool Bam Boo. I just LOVE the feel of this yarn!

I also cast on a Sophie bag in Paton's red. Here is Sumo, happy to have me home and happy to be in front of the camera again. (Ok, so he doesn't look so happy, he really is!)
He thanks you all for your wonderful comments and for encouraging extra treats and attention. Steve would like you all to know that he took Sumo on a little weekend excursion to Galena this past weekend. It was a little stressful for Sumo being there for the first time without Nikko and he was very happy when he got home again. I think Sumo has decided it's ok to just stay put. (He hopes I think so too!). Off to give him another little treat.

Until Next Time....


SwissKnits! said...

What fun!!! I love the picture with the snow falling in the dark!!

Poor Sumo, I hope he doesn't stress out too much. Poor pup

Glad you are back safe and sound!

Robin said...

I wondered about you on your trip this weekend. I am glad that you got there and back safe. I want spinning updates soon!!!!!! Get cracking I am living vicariously through you and Sheri for a while.

Sheri at The Loopy Ewe said...

So glad you're back home, safe and sound!

danielle said...

ooooh, it looks like you guys had so much fun! i'm jealous that you got good snow-angel snow... send some of it here.

sumo is such a cutie-- it sounds like he's in hibernation mode.

Caroline said...

You make the snow look like so much fun. It almost makes me forget the year I was in college in Nebraska and the temperature didn't get above zero for twenty days straight!

Isn't it great having sister-in-laws that you are friends with, as well. I consider my husband's brother's wife and my brother's wife among my very best friends.

marit said...

How nice to be able to meet up with good friends like that! Loved your snow- the kids would have been so jealous had they seen it! We don't often get enough snow to have to showel it- living on the coast gives us plenty of rain:-( but only occasionally snow for more than two days.
Bet both Sumo and Steve are happy to have you back!
Have a great advent.

Alice said...

Janice you must love cabins! Did you build a fire?

Looks like fun!

Anonymous said...

"Friends are the family that you choose for yourself"...I've heard that said and I believe it with all of my heart. The pictures are great! I would imagine that the person who was retrieving firewood did not realize that a picture was being taken....but it certainly looks to me like she was doing a "happy jig" because she was with people she loves, away from the hustle of her busy life and enjoying the laughter and company of her dear friends. Or,perhaps she was "working off" that extra little piece of Dove chocolate. Love you sis'

hakucho said...

Glad you had such a nice weekend away. Lucky having three nice friends to get away with. Yes, Sumo looks very happy to have you home...glad he wasn't neglected ;)

Your fetchings came out great. Very pretty shade of purple!

happy knitting :)

rohanknitter said...

Welcome home!
I'd heard Minn. was getting plastered with snow, I wondered how it was where you were.
Looks like a lot of fun! I'm sure Sumo is glad you are back.

Anonymous said...

Maybe the person who was getting firewood was practicing her "swing dance" steps....hmmmmm

Jknits said...

If we ever get snow, which I'm certain we will, I hope we can enjoy it as much as you seemed to. Love the mitts.

Anonymous said...

I believe that is the 'keep warm and shake snow outta my boot' quickstep.
You have the best weekends away, with snow angels and everything.

baby face said...

I'm glad you had a fun time
and that you got home safe.
You're still young, but I
wouldn't have enjoyed all that
snow anymore. I have really
come to like the fetching
fingerless gloves. What size
needles did you use with wool
bamboo? I may try a pair after
Christmas.I am looking forward to
your new purse and sweater.