The old house is now just a rocky hole in the ground, the rock wall along the road is built, the water line is heat-taped and buried,the last dumpster in gone, and I have a quote for a load of “dirty sand” to level out the big house hole. Am I preparing to settle down for a Winter full of rest and RV rum toddys? No way!
Now I can move on to some of the things that I moved here for in the first place! Oh, I’ve got all kinds of projects and pleasures on the docket for Chill Season. First thing will be finishing up the planks on the inside of the cabin, and then I’ll move on to re-configuring the chicken yard and fence – it’s going to all become more of a small barn. (Yeah friends, I consider this stuff fun.)
In the recreation department (you heard it here first), a few friends and I are planning on building the first annual Gabriels Snow Castle. Granted, we can hardly compete with the Ice Palace down the street, but we’re going to try for a fairly ornate couple of decent sized snow castles. If you dare me, I might even put lights in them. In an effort to educate myself of the building of such edifices, I did some looking around. We’re going to go with the snow-bricks-in-a-mold method, rather than the bunch-and-mold method. I had a lot of trouble finding info and pics of homemade snow castles out there on the internet, but I came across a few. Something along the lines of the thing pictured here.
The other biggee for the Winter season? We plan to spend plenty of time at our local town mountain, Mt. Pisgah. I think the fact that we have a small town slope – with a tow and everything – is the neatest thing ever. I’m a bit of a snow sports dilettante anyway, so a season of tubing on a small mountain sounds pretty good to me. (And heck, you don’t even have to walk back up the hill!)
Pretty neat, huh? Especially neat when it’s only seven miles down the road. There’s a little lodge at the base, and I think it’s a pretty cool place. We even drive up there in the Summer to take in the view.
What are your Winter plans, friends?