Almost every year after Thanksgiving, I have to go to Upstate New York (at the foot of the Adirondack Mountains) to my family’s “farm house.” It’s a long drive but it’s worth it!
My grandparents used to live at this house, which my Grandfather helped built. It always brings back memories going up there, especially when a lot of things haven’t changed over the years. Sometimes I stay overnight but this time we just stayed for the day. Kristen and I got up there around 10:30am and there was about 4-5 inches of snow on the ground. I was nervous I might not get up the driveway but we managed okay. The last time I was there, it was almost 60 degrees and this time there was snow on the ground in the low 30s/high 20s. This time of year, I don’t mind the snow on the ground and ended up being really nice to look at. If this was in February, I’d probably be pissed and sick of the snow. I enjoyed walking around the snow around the property, seeing if the pond was ready for ice skating but it wasn’t. I just remember being able to skate on ponds from November to March back in the 80s and 90s. Today, not so much.
The family tradition that we have to do every year is make tree deer out of birch trees, and make Christmas wreaths. I don’t really like doing the whole wreath thing but making tree deer is always fun to do. My Uncle Ron cuts down the tree(s) and then cuts a few pieces and then I just have to find the right branches and things to make it stand up. I’m never allowed to use the chainsaw but it’s probably a good thing I don’t. But making the tree-deer, it can be tricky to do, especially if you drill the holes too straight and not pointing out. I’ve had that happen in the past, and the deer just fall over but I think I gotten the hang of it. I made 3 deers in total, which I never do. I usually make 1 or 2.
I wanted to ride the 4-wheeler around but it wasn’t working. After 30 years, I’m surprised the thing is still around. It’s probably a good thing I didn’t ride it since I heard it spews oil and grease on you now. I’d like to go back Upstate in the Spring to go hiking and hang out more with my family. I don’t get to go up there as much as I used to but I’d like to fix that and at least go up twice a year.
I shot some video as well but I’ll post that later when I finish editing the clips.