Thursday, January 18, 2018

Still Enjoying the Snow!!

Today we woke up to beautiful sunshine and 12" of snow.  So lovely!  A handful of us headed to our favorite sledding hill on Potluck Farm Road and packed down a good sled run.  The snow was still a bit soft and fluffy for really fast runs, but tomorrow morning when it's below freezing again the run should be icy and fast.  The snow and the fun should last a couple more days!

Tromping up the hill with the sleds

Cathy and Rosie

Karolyn loved it when Richard crashed after her flawless run - she said he has always been better than her at all things sports.  But she was queen of the hill!

Mary on a good ride

Karolyn on her way down

Michael, Karolyn and Jack.  The hill is steeper than it looks, especially when you are walking up it!

Jim giving Richard a starting push

 After several runs the track was getting well packed

Carl opted for cross-country skis rather than sleds!

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Glorious Snow!

We usually brag about our wonderful climate here in the piedmont of NC.  Sept through June are lovely.  July and Aug are hot, but we are situated on a high point and nearly always have a breeze.  And snow?  Maybe a few inches once or twice a year.  But TODAY, oh my gosh.  We got about 10 inches of soft, sticky snow that clung to everything.  In most respects it was wonderful - extremely beautiful - and it encouraged most of us to just stay inside and relax, or take a hike in our magnificent woods (over 140 acres with stunning hiking trails).  But for a few of us, it was also a hardship.  Our members Diana and David had to brave the roads to get to Duke for a radiation treatment, and Kelly had to get into Durham to work, and didn't quite make it back (parked in a neighboring subdivision).  Still, we were grateful to have power when so many are without, and a group of us had a potluck dinner together at the common house, followed by some game playing, puzzling, and just sitting by the fire.

The north row of homes, blanketed in snow

Our path lights were domed in snow - they looked REALLY cool after dark!

The woods were a winter wonderland

The streams had a little sheen of ice

 One of our bridges between the S-Curve Trail and the Sacred Circle Trail

No sign of beaver today - they must be having their own little snow day too!

Mary's barn and fence at Potluck Farm - shows how much snow there is, sitting atop the fence rails

The Elderberry chicken coop - Cheryl had to feed them inside the coop today because they wouldn't come out, but they did lay eggs!

The common house

Along the Little Creektop Trail

The bridge along the Perimeter Trail

Looking west toward the beaver dam

We trudged through the snow to meet up in the common house for a dinner of cabbage soup and brownies

Chuck, Karolyn, Dick, Nancy, Richard, Marj, Mike and Cheryl.  You can tell it's cold - people are still in their coats!

Mike getting the common house wood stove cranking

Enjoying some hot soup!

 Meg looks ready for the weather!!

 Richard and Chuck just hung out with a drink in front of the fire.

Dick, Cheryl, Nancy and Mary decided to play a game of Euchre (if you are not from the midwest, that is "YOU KER"!)

Chuck keeping the fire going

Marj and Mike working on the current puzzle.  Karolyn joined in later.  Apparently this one is not easy, since Mike and Marj gave up, and Karolyn WISHED she had given up.

Mike, making some hot cocoa - SOOOO good on a snowy night