Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Greensprings Trail

It is cold again. And it was windy today. brrr...
but clear and sunny too. Took the dogs out for a bit mid day along Greensprings Trail.  We startled some deer, were fussed at by a large bird (I couldn't see it clearly up in the trees. Maybe a hawk?) and I kicked in a track in the field behind the housing development.  I had great plans to lay a long track with two turns and work on articles... but it was freezing. So I kicked in a short track with two turns and called it "good."

Tuesday, March 18, 2014


Eagle Swoop

that big smile is cause we are breaking for lunch!

hitting serious bumps on Outer Limits

lift photo! The Highlands

Monday, March 17, 2014

Wintergreen Portraits

me and Thalia, March 2014
photo credit, Kathleen Yates

We spent the weekend in Wintergreen as there isn't likely to be snow much longer. Slushy conditions Saturday made for fun runs on "Outer Limits" moguls (yes they are Virginia sized moguls, but you can still practice) and Sunday it was cooler and I put my slalom skis back on to work turns.  My left leg is always behind. K has me thinking about turning my ankles, rolling my ankles rather, trying to get me not to slide on the back of my skis as much and I can sort of do that on my right side but not so much my left. I seem to be kicking into my hip or something. So that is my challenge next season.

Saturday I took the dogs up to the overlook like I usually do in the mornings here and threw a stick for Thalia, she had it in her mouth so that the end was in her mouth and slammed into Kahn Sol with it. Put a hole in the back of her mouth, and a huge sliver.  So I took her down the hill to the Wintergreen Animal Clinic. They were wonderful. And they got the sliver out and everybody was just so matter of fact about it Thalia didn't get defensive or growl at anybody. (she always growls at our vet at home.)

See all that "ground" in the back of that photo? It is gone now. Probably really is that 10 inches of snow outside they were calling for.  We are going back out skiing in a minute. Rounding everybody up after I drink my coffee.

K stayed in all weekend and did homework to make up for missing two and a half days of school to compete in New Hampshire. So being good parents, Tim and I decided to play hookey today and enjoy the spring snow. It appears it didn't hit our hometown and she will be missing school today. If she didn't care I wouldn't care. But she does care so I am feeling that perhaps we should have gotten her home. Or I should have at least gotten her home and left my husband with the others...

Part of her homework was taking portraits for photography class.

some of my favorites:

photo credit Kathleen Yates

photo credit Kathleen Yates

photo credit Kathleen Yates

photo credit Kathleen Yates

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Fat Tuesday

The church's pancake supper was supposed to be on Fat Tuesday, but the weather was being difficult (shocker I know. I think if you asked who was tired of this winter and all the crazy storms everybody in the country would raise their hands.) so they moved it to Thursday. Yes, if you are a purist, that was the day *after Ash Wednesday and Lent had begun.
I was not raised making a to do about Fat Tuesday and I don't get why they eat pancakes and I don't care really, but my in-laws kindly took my younger kids. They came home with masks. How fun!

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Making Pizza

last Friday I decided to make some pizza for an after school snack.  I found "pizza yeast" at the grocery store.  I've never used it before. LOVE it! No waiting for pizza dough to rise. Awesome.

my new favorite thing
I used the dough recipe off the back of the yeast package

Little Hawk "punching dough"

and shaping dough
slicing mushrooms
Yummy! I love spending time with the kids in the kitchen. I haven't done it as much the last few years, we are always running out the door.  I am trying to consciously use my time. This simple things, how to make dough, how to use a knife even, matter. I. Must. Slow. Down.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Attitash NH

K spent the weekend in New Hampshire. The Wintergreen Ski Team participates in the Eastern High School Championships held this year at Attitash, NH. Saturday was Giant Slalom and she sent me the link to Live Timing.  Looks like they have results for 108 girls. K finished both runs (yay!) but placed way back. The first name I recognize from the Southern Alpine Race Association (which is Virginia, West Virginia, South Carolina and I think that is all) ranked number 81.  We just don't get near as much time on snow and our courses are generally not as long.  Head up North and we can't compete.
Makes me want to spend the entire summer at Mount Hood. I really like Govy Camp, I just don't know how to afford it for 8 people for 2 months. If you know anybody with a rental that is willing to work out a monthly rate out there, please, let me know!!!

K posted this picture of Attitash Saturday morning

M thinks she wants to be a big time skier. We will have to move! And K will be so mad at us!

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Rock Candy: Yummy Crystals (a science project)

I have been wanting to try salt or sugar crystal "making" since getting out the growing crystals kit M received on her birthday.  So tonight it was just myself and the two younger girls in the house and we decided to try to make "Rock Candy." I used a recipe from : Rock Candy and usually I just jump into these things but this time I read several comments that insisted the ratio needed to be 3:1. I am assuming by 3:1 they mean 3 sugar to 1 water, that is what we did. 2 cups of water, boiling and stirred in 6 cups of sugar.  But not quite, my pot got full around 5 and 3/4 cups of sugar.
I asked M if she wanted to add flavoring and she decided on vanilla. But there was so much solution that after pouring about 1/2 out I added some cinnamon.

This was fun.  The girls noticed that the more sugar was dissolved and the more saturated the solution became the more the spoon was pushed back at them while they were stirring. They played with pushing it down to the bottom of the pot and then relaxing and letting the solution push it back out.

We are going to watch a movie and then we will check on our little experiment and see if we can see anything.  The recipe says the crystals won't start to form for 2 to 4 hours!

science is yummy

So. We did get to see the crystals, sugar forms rectangular crystals, and the girls did sample them. But as you can see in the first picture, our crystals stuck to the glass as much or more than they did to the stick. A friend of mine said we really should use string.  She remembers when you could buy candy in Colonial Williamsburg that was made the "old way" and their rock candy came on a string. Something to thing about.

Now I have to figure out how to clean the crystals off the glass. I need those glasses!