Another Year Older

A week ago we celebrated our daughter, Katie’s, birthday. It’s been sweet being able to celebrate her birthday at our place even though she lives over 300 miles from us. Since we typically all gather for Christmas in Colville we can add another celebration together to honor her day.

We used to have our traditional Swedish pancake breakfast on Christmas but lately it’s been happening 2 days later on Katie’s birthday. Dear managed the two pan feat with his damaged left hand and was humbled with thoughts of my dear maternal grandmother who went through most of her life with just one hand.

The photo above is of Father and daughter in a morning conversation.

The grands arrived later in the morning and helped me mix up Katie’s birthday cake, Applesauce Spice Cake. Into the oven and time for some piano interludes with Auntie Katie.

We had a taco lunch prepared by our Colville kids and then it was time for a trip home for naps before our dinner together.

During the quiet of the afternoon Katie and I started this puzzle and when everyone arrived again for dinner it was finished off with the help of Dan and Addy.

The Happy Birthday to you singing this year was epic sending us all into belly laughs!

After cake JJ and I had some fun times together while the rest of the crowd played Mexican Train.

This photo was a leftover from Boxing day night when we all had leftovers for dinner.

Here are the Birthday thoughts and prayer for our dear Katie that I posted on Facebook…

It’s our little girls birthday today. She was our little surprise years ago and we thank God that He gave her to us. She has enriched our family with her wonderful talents and wit. She’s a sweet Daughter, Sister and Auntie.
Dear Lord God Almighty,
“As she traces out the trails you put before her; may she pray and strive to follow straight and strong,”
“Give her wisdom at each turning, Lord we pray”
Give her grace and understanding and more love for You in this coming year!
We love you dear Katie!

Winter Puzzle Finale

This will be the last puzzle I complete this Winter.

This one has oversized pieces which makes it a lot easier than the last one.

Spring is coming and there will be projects starting around our country bungalow!

Sunset last night. When driving through town last evening we were so surprised to see that gas prices have gone up over a dollar here in one weeks time. Yikes.

Time to work on our schedules to make our drives into town worth it.

Birds in Winter

It felt like a great accomplishment when I put the last piece in this puzzle.

We haven’t seen a lot of birds yet in our back acres and the ones that stop by don’t stop for long.

We’ve put out seed and then we’ll have another inch of snow fall and it covers the seed.

We are having a bit of a warming trend this week with rain so everything will be slushy and dirty.

Goodbye to February. We hope that March brings good news abroad and at home. We started our church service yesterday pausing and praying for all involved in the war in Ukraine.

My Latest Jigsaw Puzzle

This is another tough one but a good challenge.

Little by little, inch by inch…

I retreat to the living room away from the TV and turn on some worship CD’s on low and plug away at the challenge of this puzzle. The scene is perfect for this time of year and what I can see outside our windows.

On Thursday evening we had our daughters-in-law and the grands over. We enjoyed dinner together. We tried a new recipe for a pork loin that was cooked on a bed of sauerkraut, apples and brown sugar. Yummy. I didn’t take any photos of the meal. Auntie Lolo is visiting. I’ll be sharing lots of her great photos.

Happy Friday everyone.

Adirondack Birds Jigsaw Puzzle

Adirondack Birds was a fun puzzle to complete. I enjoyed all the birds to focus on. There always comes a point in completing a puzzle where you can become totally taken in forgetting other things you could be doing. A slushy winter day with a meal cooking away in the crockpot made it easy to obsess and finish up this beauty.

I bought the puzzle before Christmas at Hobby Lobby for 50% off.

Happy Friday everyone. We are meeting up with sister and her hubby in Deer Park for an early dinner today as they travel on to Idaho. It will be fun to catch up with them. Otherwise we are having a quiet weekend again. What are your plans?