End of the winter vacay…

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A canoe paddle must have fallen in the lake...and now it is encased in ice.

A canoe paddle must have fallen in the lake…and now it is encased in ice.

Today the vacation is over. 😦 Despite some initial doubtful thoughts (that I would rather go to Mexico!), it turned out to be a great trip. The temperature was comfortable, the house and location beautiful, and now we have all we need (in terms of winter clothing, tire chains, snow shovels, and experience etc) so that we can do it again with very few hassles. In fact, I am thinking of returning to the same or similar location for my husband’s birthday (but maybe not this next one as it is coming up in February and it seems too soon to go back).

Our beautiful great room with high ceilings, huge windows, and a cozy fireplace. Clean and tidy before we "moved in"

Our beautiful great room with high ceilings, huge windows, and a cozy fireplace. Clean and tidy before we “moved in”

We made great meals and I learned some great cooking tricks from the others such as how to make great grilled pita on the oven as a simple but delicious appetizer. We ate great meals we made from scratch-including my always popular vegetarian pizza, another woman’s roasted chicken with stuffing and all the sides-along with good basics like burgers on the bbq (veggie for me but they always taste better on the bbq). We also drank vodka Russian-style while blasting Russian pop music as two of the attendees were from the former Soviet Union. I always find this kind of drinking a lot of fun as long as you do not drink too much. I had snow-chilled champagne, spice-flavoured mulled wine, frozen strawberry daiquiris, and probably buckets of white zinfandel!

Animal tracks making their way across the lake.

Animal tracks making their way across the lake.

Despite all this eating and drinking (followed by a lot of cleaning and dishes) I also got to relax and finished off two novels, kept up this blog, went for long snowy walks that later made my calves sore, watched movies with the others, received a long overdue foot massage from the husband, played silly board games that were at the house (such as Taboo), and kept up this blog while ignoring my work email (which I will delve into today so tomorrow is not a nightmare!). On our drives through the area we also came across countless animals-mostly deer-that would peek out of the woods at us. Seeing all the paw and footprints in the snow was very cool as well.

Definitely a memorable trip!

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