90: Frozen on the Solstice

(A message from M.)

The real sledding hill is officially open, as I discovered this morning when I looked out at the pond and found that M had written a short message in the snow almost in the middle of the pond.

You can see the pathway he shoveled in this wider view of the pond.  It didn’t take long, after seeing the message, for M the Younger, Merdi, and I to bundle up and go outside to try out the hill and see how far we could get on the pond.  I went for my walk first so only managed one run down the hill.  I was too tired to walk back up the hill again.  Lazy me.

(Looking down the sledding hill.)

In my defense, even though the snow has packed down a bit since it originally landed and accumulated, it’s still a workout taking a walk around the pond.  By the time I’d been to the woods and back, I’d worked up quite a sweat.  We were all pretty warm as the temperature today was in the mid-30’s.


There were a lot of birds back in the woods.  I think that’s because the creek is the only open and running water now.  There were plenty of animal tracks back that way, too.  I was able to identify the raccoon, the deer, and the cat tracks.

(Today’s view of the creek.)

Yesterday’s trip to Cleveland was fun.  We took a quick trip to the West Side Market and then went to the Rock Hall.  We spent so much time at the Rock Hall that we didn’t have time for anything else since we had to be back home in time for M the Younger and Merdi to welcome their friends who came over to spend time with them and have dinner at our house.

(Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.)

Our home was filled with laughter and chatter last night as the young (compared to us) ones caught up with each other in terms of what’s been happening in their lives.  M and I made a deep dish vegetable pizza with a salad to go with it.  M the Younger, Merdi, and their friends made cookies for dessert.  The pizza was delicious and quite filling.  The cookies were ooey-gooey-chocolatey goodness (and it was fun watching the kids make ’em).

This morning, before the sledding fun,  we watched the movie “Up!”  I thought it was a wonderful movie, full of adventures, with some sad, almost bittersweet, sections to the story.  It was also a good reminder about commitments and the promises we make, and how well we keep them.

(Buried in the snow.  The only visible part of the pink flamingos.)

That’s about it from the Bogs for now.  I’m hoping to get caught up with everyone via blogs and email this evening and tomorrow.  We took M the Younger and Merdi to the airport a little while ago and they should be winging their way back to Colorado by now.

The house feels quiet… and a little empty…

But it should be noted that I am grateful to have had time with my sons, their wives, and my granddaughters over the past few days.  Things are now as they should be, and I can’t ask for more than that.  🙂

19 Comments on “90: Frozen on the Solstice”

  1. anhinga says:

    You have managed to emanate such warmth from an icy blog.

  2. I totally agree with anhinga…icy photos, but what a wonderfully warm family story! I’ve so enjoyed the feelings of warmth you have for your family, at this festive time of year! 😀

    Oh, and please keep those icey pond photos coming. I’m absolutely loving the changes your pond goes through with the changing seasons, far more drastic than we ever see here in Oz. 🙂

    • Robin says:

      Thanks, Joanne. 🙂

      Not to worry. The cold and icy photos will keep appearing until sometime in March (if we’re lucky) or April (if we’re not).

  3. photobyholly says:

    How wonderful that you got to spend some quality time with your family – that’s part of what makes this season so special!! I saw “Up” not too long ago – almost brought me to tears near the end!! What an emotional story – but a beautiful message!!

  4. jenna says:


    Tell M I said HI

  5. Marianne says:

    How wonderful to have your very own sled hill, Robin. It would be great to be so close to a warm house. At this stage of my life, I wouldn’t mind trying the sled with those conditions. I’ll pretend for now as I look at your photos.

    The Rock and Roll building is very unique and probably very interesting.

    It’s so nice you had such a lovely time making memories with your family.

  6. Bo Mackison says:

    What fun you had. I love the poor (buried) flamingo!!!

  7. You are certainly living in a different world to the one I know my friend , snow all round and frozen ponds , you have a great winter wonderland to enjoy and explore , by your writings your family are certainly having a great time , it would be interesting to see the same pictures when it is no longer your winter season but summer,
    Ian aka Emu

  8. penpusherpen says:

    I saw UP, at the Cinema, and cried and laughed too, lovely film. I want to do the same to my house, BUT my imagination won’t stretch that far …. and my balloons would probably burst!!
    Sigh….but on an ‘up’ note….it’s snowed again here…and I’m slightly warmer for some reason, Bess is barking mad at the snow, so I’d best head out and see what’s going on…
    Poor Flamingo’s …. and love the view of the creek, made my eyes water up for some unknown reason, although I do ‘well up’ sometimes in response to beauty…and it is a wonderful photo of Mother Nature dressed to the nines..
    A wonderful Christmas to you and yours…. and may 2011 be all you could wish…

  9. Your pond looks perfect for some pond hockey. 🙂 Ah, the simple joy of sledding down a hill. Brings back fond memories.

  10. Dave Q says:

    Sending our love this Christmas to you and your family.

    Best Regards,
    Dave, Eng and Ysabelle

    Merry Christmas and Sorry

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