Three Things to Smile About

On this dreary, muddy, stormy morning, there were three things that made me smile.  The tenacity of chickens,


the gluttony of hogs,


and the naming of Lake Brad.

lake brad

Plus I did my good deed for the day.  I took in Blu, a Crested Cayuga duck that had lost her duckmate to a predator.  So I made the best out of a day only a duck could love.

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Snow Train to Leavenworth

Tom train and puget sound

I am sorry I have not been blogging recently.  I have been really busy with work and to a lesser extent, Christmas.  And this will not be a farm blog, but we did have a nice trip yesterday I thought I would write about.  We went with my mother and stepfather to Leavenworth on the Snow Train.  Above is a photo of Tom on the train leaving Edmonds traveling along the Puget Sound.  Below is the train in the mountains before the Cascade Tunnel.

The tunnel got a little spooky this time as I used my flashlight app on my iPhone to look out and never realized how tight this tunnel is.  I started getting a little claustrophobic, and the engineer had turned the lights down to conserve energy.  Then we heard a beautiful voice singing Silent Night.  It took me a bit to realize this voice was coming out of the mouth of a teenager.  It was perfect and calmed me as we finished the tunnel.

train snow and trees

There were quite a few entertainers on the train: musicians, singers, and magicians.  Then we arrived in Leavenworth, and it was very crowded, much more so than I thought it would be.  Here’s a photo of this:

Tom and Leavenworth crowds

Here are kids trying to sled on the grass slope:

sledding on grass

And here is a goat statue.  You can tell it is a statue because a real goat would never let snow fall on its back.

snowy goat statue

One of the best parts of the day was the lightings.  They lit the Christmas tree first as it continued to snow,

snow and lit Christmas tree

and then they lit the buildings and the other trees.  It was just gorgeous.  A very nice way to spend the day and get into the Christmas spirit (which can be lacking in the hubbub to get ready sometimes).

lit buildings and trees

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2013 Schoonover Farm Fiber Calendar Giveaway

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So cafepress sent my ordered 2013 calendars with 2012 dates.  In their attempt to rectify this, they sent me two of the 2013 fiber calendars.  So I have an extra one to give away.  So the first person who comments on my blog site that they would like this calendar will have it mailed to them for free.

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