Friday, December 24, 2010

Reindeer Games and Christmas Wishes

Decided to get a little fresh air and outdoor fun into my day by riding the mountain bike around in the snow. Kutya loves to play in the snow, and gave chase as I went round and round the yard, up and down little hills, over any bump I could find.

I was surprised by how much more effort it takes to ride through snow. How after several times around I was breathing pretty hard. Took me three times to make it up the side "trail" without stopping, or at least dabbing my foot down. Needed to trust my momentum, keep pedalling, shift slightly forward. Good practice for riding real trails.

Spent about thirty minutes making tracks all through the yard. Wiped out once crossing the driveway, my back tire sliding out from under me. Made me laugh more than anything. All the while Kutya by my side.

As I suspected when Kiddo got home, saw the tracks and realized what his Mom had been up to, he also had to give snow biking a try. And discovered exactly what I had, it's hard work.
On Thursday, I got in my first winter ride. Roads were wet and slick with many more icy patches on the bike path than I expected. Will take a bit more riding to get comfortable riding in winter. Did a mere 3.5 miles around the neighborhood. It felt great to ride.

This year I didn't do my usual Christmas tree in every room thing. Skipped my obsession with every tree has a theme, a color scheme. Instead, just went with one real tree. Real tree, real sentiment. Using the ornaments that have some meaning to us. Kiddo and I enjoyed unwrapping each one from their tissue, lots of "oh, I remember this one", "oh, this is my favorite", followed shortly by "No, this is my favorite"

These really are some of my favorites.

These are new this year. Purchased from SpokenSitch's Etsy store. Stars (Kiddo calls them snowflakes) made from bike chain. These and their matching key ring make me smile.

This Noah's Ark ornament(s) has been a sentimental favorite of mine for years. They've been through several moves, several life changes with me, probably 15 years old. Little pairs to hang together - Noah and wife, Mr and Mrs Penguin, Lion, Deer and Sheep.

 The Dr. Suess collection was built over the years after Kiddo was born, and we were reading our way through the books. Started with One Fish, Two fish (which is still my favorite), now includes Cat in the Hat, Hop on Pop, Green Eggs and Ham, Horton Hears a Who, The Grinch. Like with the Noah's Ark group, I enjoy finding a spot of the tree to hang them en mass.

Humuhumunukunukuapua’a, one of my favorite words to say. Represents Maui, one of my favorite places on earth. 
Kutya the Wonder Dog gets mentioned or pictured in this blog often. But Princess Bijou does not. A rare chance to catch a photo of her. Like Kutya, she's a rescued pet.  Pretty and petite. She's a great hunter, helping to keep the house mouse free. Or at least that's what we hope.
Merry Christmas! Wishing you all the blessings of the season.


  1. If you ever would consider selling your Noah's Ark Ornaments, I would happily buy them from you. My brother and I loved those ornaments growing up, and there is only one set. I would love to give him a set for a wedding gift.

  2. Sorry Kay, doubt I'll ever part with those. Like you they hold great sentimental value.