First Snow at the CITW

first snow2And no, the tree in the yard is not on fire. That’s the reflection of a very cozy fire in the window.

I hope we get lots of snow this winter (Buffalo could send some our way). The winters around here are hard to predict. There’s usually quite a lot of snow, but snow conditions often aren’t that dependable. Snow can be late in coming or unseasonably warm weather and rain can wreck the snow that does fall. I was only out on the snowmobiles twice last winter. And as for downhill skiing, I didn’t get out at all last year. I think the folks running the Stevens Pass ski area a half hour from here spend a lot of time pulling their hair out. They had a late start last year, and then got a bunch of snow when the season was almost over.

I came up to the cabin a couple of days ago to take care of a few things. #1 on the agenda was to brew another batch of beer for the holidays. I chose to do a farmhouse ale, a style of beer I’ve never done before. The other night I dropped by the Urban Family brewery just down the street from us in Magnolia. They’ve just opened a tasting room, and I wanted to see what they had. I chose their Citron Noir, and was blown away by it. So I got the brewmaster’s email address and asked him for the recipe. He was kind enough to reply with enough information for me to give it a try. It’s a dark beer, not very hoppy but with some citrus notes, and a bit of the sour flavor characteristic of Belgian Saison beers. The brew day went reasonably well, and now the beer is happily bubbling away in the Fermenator.

Another thing I wanted to do was to change the water in the hot tub. The tub gets used a lot more in the winter than any other time of year, so I tend to start the season off with a clean tub and fresh water. There’s nothing better than relaxing in the hot tub with a glass of the adult beverage of your choice after a hard day of playing in the snow .

But wait, my chores aren’t over yet. Megan is on her way here today to do some master bedroom renovations. It seems everyone but me hates the wallpaper trim. So this weekend it’s coming off and some paint will be put in its place.IMAG080loons4It’s not THAT ugly, is it?



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1 Response to First Snow at the CITW

  1. Joe Tompkins says:

    It looks good ol friend. Keep it is my vote.

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