When Nine Inches Is Too Much

February just started, but the dreariness of winter has taken over.  The case of stir craziness of being cooped up in the house has already happened.  Being able to head outside without being all bundled up from head to toe seems like a dream right now – – oh, I miss those flip flop days.  And I found out over the weekend that nine inches is too much.  Too much snow, that is.

Snowy February

It was beautiful to watch it snow the entire day on Saturday, as it covered basically everything with that light airy fluffy snow, but within an hour or so, three or more inches fell, and it kept falling the entire day to approximately nine inches in our area.  We are thankful that it was not a heavy snow because keeping up with clearing the driveway was a chore already.  I did though, by accident, find out that I could use our leaf blower to blow some of the snow off the driveway since it was fluffy, so that helped a lot with the snow removal, but I could not use it on the entire drive as I ran out of extension cord.  Rats.

Garage Lights

Snowy Backyard

So, what do you do when you are stuck in the house watching it snow?  You play with the dogs!  They enjoyed all the new fallen snow as they ran like Tasmanian Devils through the snow piles and came back in the house with their fur all matted and wet. Pure joy is what it was to them, but nap time quickly followed but not before Nikita beat up a butter tub really good.

Nikita and a butter tub

While the dogs napped, I took it upon myself to tackle yet another paper mache pumpkin.  This time, I am attempting to make an enormous one that hopefully we will be able to use as a prop for Halloween.  I took a large clear garbage bag and crumpled lots and lots of newspaper and filled up the bag.

FILL UP BAG WITH NEWSPAPER

Once I had what I thought was enough newspaper in the bag, I closed up the bag with some air still in the bag to help keep the pumpkin form.  After tying the top off on the bag, the next step to making a pumpkin is to pull a string around the form to make “indents” just like a regular pumpkin has.  Once you have enough indents, just tie off the string and you’re ready to start the paper mache process!

TIE STRING AROUND BAG TO FORM PUMPKIN

Just mix up some flour and water to make a pancake batter consistency and dip your newspaper strips into the batter.  Run your fingers over each piece of newspaper to remove excess batter and place on your form.  Starting at the top of your form, place strip after strip in different directions on the form until you get a layer across the top of your form, then work down the sides.  You will need to let the top half dry first before finishing the bottom half.

PAPER MACHE PUMPKIN NO 4

FIRST LAYER OF PAPER MACHE

FORMING RIDGES

Once you get one layer done on your pumpkin, you will need to go over it again with a few more layers, drying each layer in between, until your pumpkin is nice and hard.  Just waiting for pumpkin to dry.  Making paper mache pumpkins takes quite some time from start to finish, and that is the reason I am making these this early in the year so I can have them ready for Halloween.  By the time the witching hour arrives, I should have quite a stock pile of them ready!

We had a nice weekend even dealing with all the snow we got, had lots of fun with the dogs, and even got some crafts done.  But, we have the best dogs in the world that bring us so much joy and happiness, even watching them play with a butter tub makes you chuckle.  Silly dogs.

Nikita and Bella

Winter Wonderland

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This is the snow cleared from our driveway today! 

We had the most wonderful Christmas with our family.  The dinner smorgasbord that Grandma had prepared for us was so wonderful and if anyone left the table hungry, that was their own fault!  Grandma made us her homemade stuffed cabbage for Christmas and we always fill our plates real high with them because they are so delicious.  The wonderful gifts that each of us received were truly practical and things that we all needed.  Gifts from the heart are so appreciated as they mean the world to us.  (Thank you Grandma for the wonderful meal!)  And, a great BIG thank you to Daddy for making our Christmas very special for all of us!  You mean the world to us!

NIKITA AND BELLA HELPING DADDY OPEN PRESENTS

Nikita & Bella helped Daddy open his gift!

Bella Enjoying Her 1st Christmas

Bella Enjoying Her 1st Christmas

Can't Wait to See What This Is!

Can’t Wait to See What This Is!

Nikita & Bella Helping Daddy

Nikita & Bella Helping Daddy

Nikita Playing with the Paper Rolls

Nikita Playing with the Paper Rolls

Nikita's New Piggy!

Nikita’s New Piggy!

Daddy Got an Awesome Alarm Clock

Daddy Got an Awesome Alarm Clock

We were so lucky that the weather held out for our travels on Christmas, because today we got hit with a Blizzard!  It has been snowing here since 9:15am and has not stopped.  The snow blower got a real workout today for sure, and so did Daddy, as we both cleared the driveway a few times during the day.  You can hear the murmur of snow blowers all around the neighborhood as everyone was digging out.  Approximately 8+ inches of snow has fallen here so far and we can’t wait to see what we will find tomorrow morning when we wake.  As for Nikita and Bella, they absolutely LOVE the snow and can’t get enough of running through it, eating it, digging in the snow piles, and running in circles all around the yard.  We just keep telling them to not eat the yellow snow!

Snowy Sidewalk

Snowy Sidewalk

Snowy Morning

Snowy Morning

Our Garden Covered with Snow

Our Garden Covered with Snow

 

Merry Christmas

Santa in Sleigh Happy Holidays

From all of us at Nikitaland, we wish you and your family a Merriest Christmas and wishing you all the best in the New Year!  We have had another wonderful year of blogging, and have met some of the most wonderful people in the world.  All of you mean the world to us and we hope that we continue to share our love & wonderful stories from our own lives.  We know that at times, each of us can get busy with life in general, and we understand, as we all have our moments of stress, and work/life balance.  We want you to know that we appreciate all of you and love the bond that we share.  We wish you all the best in the new year!

We drove around last night and took photographs of all the Christmas light displays we could find, and what we located was stunning.   I could not wait to get home to view the photographs that I had taken, and I played around in my photo editor and actually added “snow” to some of the photographs to add that special holiday effect.  The photo below is a local fire station all outlined in white lights with the most beautiful tree standing next to the drive.

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FIRE STATION2

A few of the light displays were animated and you could tune your car radio into a certain channel to listen to Christmas music as the lights danced to the music.  Nikita sat in the back seat of the car and watched the lights with us, while munching on some treats.

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When we returned home, our own Christmas lights looked so bland compared to the wonderful light displays that we saw, but we love our lights none the less and always smile when we see them turn on for the night.

Our House Decorated

While we were watching one animated light display, Santa Claus actually showed up and I snagged a photograph of him on the sidewalk.  I went over and asked Santa to say hi to Nikita (and if you know Nikita, she hates that jolly guy in the red suit) and Santa walked over to our car to say hi, and Nikita started growling at him from the back seat!  We laughed, as we knew what she would do.  (silly dog)

Red Christmas Trees

Santa on Sidewalk

Nikita Meets Santa

We hope that your Christmas is merry & bright and you wake to find your stocking overflowing with gifts!

 

Snowy Perfection

We had a wonderful snowfall yesterday, about 3-4 inches that fell the entire day.  The snow blanketed the ground so beautifully and we watched as it piled up on the bushes and covered our Christmas lights.  What is it about a perfect snowfall that makes everything outside look so pure and innocent?  Is it because of the color, white, as white is so pure?  What if snow came down in a different color?  Like red or blue.  Would we have the same feelings that “it looks so beautiful” with everything covered in “red”?  I think not!  Everything looks so beautiful covered in snow, the driveway is covered with no tire marks, no footprints in the just fallen snow in the yard, the snow piled up on the flag on the mailbox, and all the tree branches have just the right amount of snow laid so perfectly down each and every branch.  It just makes everything outside look so clean and untouched… until I head outside! 

I went crazy yesterday and begged and begged to head outside to run in the snow.  Heck, I had paw marks up and down the backyard, dig holes that I had started in multiple places where I dug too low and found grass, got snow all over my nose as I rummaged through the snow with my nose like a plow and came up for air with a pile on top of my snout, and I even tried to make a snow angel dog in the backyard when I was rolling around in it! 

We had to laugh at what we saw early yesterday morning, as someone must have either just turfed a lawn or was just an idiot while driving and drove up over a huge tree branch, and when they passed our house the tree branch was stuck under their car and sticking out the side.  When they passed the house, they slowed down a bit as they must have seemed like something was wrong.  Instead of them stopping to get out of their car to check, they gunned it and when they did this the tree branch smacked the side of their car and came free from under the car.  But, what they did not know, is that another branch was still dragging behind their car.  Idiot, is the only comment we could think of. 

I’ve already been outside today a few times, but mostly because I know that the snow is out there and I want to play in it.  I just do a little “dabble” in the snow so that Mommy does not know that I pulled the wool over her eyes and that I just wanted to play.  Hee hee hee  Until later and more snowy trips outside…. 

One happy snow dog,
Nikita

Who’s Your Santa?

Boy oh boy, did I get a HUGE surprise last night!  Daddy brought me home a 5 pound bag of dog treats, and you all know how much I LOVE treats!  WOW, that was a nice surprise. 

I am starting to wonder though if for some reason my Daddy is Santa Claus, as he has been sneaking in packages that I can as plain as day hear squeakers in the bag, then he gives the bags to Mommy to hide.  Hmmm, I wonder what’s up with that?  I follow Mommy everywhere she goes around the house, but I can’t seem to find where she has hid these bags with the squeakers in them… then, without my knowledge, I see these colorful boxes and odd shaped things under our Christmas tree all adorned with ribbons and bows.  I wish I could read, because I am wondering if some of those squeaky things are now under our tree?  Hmmm, again.  Does Daddy & Mommy know that big jolly ole guy in the red suit or what? 

But the best surprise that I am not taking my eyes off is my 5 pound bag of treats!  Hee hee hee, I am watching you – you heavenly bag of delisciousness that is making me drool.  I will protect this bag from anyone who comes near, so you better watch out! 


So what do you think?  Do you think that Daddy & Mommy know that jolly guy in the red suit or what?  I am still trying to figure out this whole Christmas thing, as this will be my second Christmas.  Last year, I was only five months old when I celebrated my first Christmas, so this year will even be better as I know how to unwrap things.  I can’t wait!  I am dying to know if those squeaky things are under our tree.

I also wanted to share with you our snowy pictures that Mommy took this week.  It is quickly becoming “that time of year” when I get to head outside in my fleece sweater and romp around in the snow and make snow forts & snow doggies with Mommy.  Bundle up & stay warm!