December 30, 2010

snowy quiet christmas

Merry Christmas from the cabin! It was a blustery, snowy week but so warm and cozy by the woodstove. . . average temp indoors is 68 degrees. We turned off the water earlier this week so for the rest of the winter, we'll have to really rough it. I'm sure someone else will regale you with stories of blowing out the lines.

Lots and lots of birds are enjoying the feeders. Here are some woodpeckers and nuthatches. There are also a pair of cardinals, some blue jays, chickadees and 32 wild turkeys. Let me tell you, when you see 32 turkeys swarming over your yard at once, it's a pretty bizarre sight. Will spare you the photo. Oh! A family of 4 or 5 deer sauntered through too, but when I tried to take their picture they bounded off out of sight.

December 22, 2010

Early Christmas

Saturday my sister, brother-in-law, nephews and Mom came up to celebrate early Christmas. A relaxing good time was had by all--with LOTS of holiday feasting!

Not quite exercise, but a little fresh air before the feasting.

Told them we couldn't open presents until we got a pic of them smiling. . .

Happy Holidays to all!

December 17, 2010

Thanks, Fred Neil

Fred Neil is the dude that had the cabin built back in 1968.  Neil was a prolific folk-rock singer/songwriter during the 1960s who is perhaps known best for his Oscar winning song, “Everybody’s Talkin’,” which was the theme song for the movie Midnight Cowboy (then performed by Harry Nilsson).

Neil’s catalogue is quite extensive and includes songs performed by countless others.  He is one of those songwriters who is the source for so many great performers, such as Roy Orbison, Lovin’ Spoonful, Cream, Stephen Stills., Bob Dylan, The Band, The Grateful Dead…  My first experience with a Fred Neil song was six years ago when I saw the Black Crowes play “The Dolphins” live.  It’s a beautiful song.  I was actually in the barn when they filmed this performance the year before last.  It's Levon Helm’s barn in neighboringWoodstock, New York.  Here's Fred's version.

 Anyway, Neil made enough money to build his secluded cabin up beyond his buddies at Big Pink and spent quite a few years there writing, playing and apparently teasing the squirriels, as remembered by a friend in this interview.

We are very happy that he had this place built and that it has a place in Woodstock folk music history.

December 13, 2010

Snow! Then it melted.

 Those dang turkeys again, taunting us.

 We repaired a rut in the road.  You know it's those unglamorous jobs that really break your back.

 Guess who...

December 6, 2010

First snow

It wasn't a blizzard but it counts as the first snowfall this year.

December 5, 2010

Oops, post from last weekend

My parents finally made it up to see the new place last Friday after Thanksgiving. We had a short but lovely time. I think I was nervous about whether they'd like it or not. Silly me, they were instantly enamored. They were both planning all kinds of improvements including the different kind of trees/plants we might get to attract birds (he's a lifelong avid birder).

Only got one photo, not the best, but here it is.