Ernie and I are having a quiet Christmas this year, just the two of us, for the first time ever. We got a tiny tree and put it on the hearth, where we can watch our faux fire burning beneath. We got lots of great gifts, with an emphasis on warm clothing, and Ernie bought me the most beautiful Norwegian sweater I have ever seen. It has been very nice, but we miss you all, and hope you are having a wonderful holiday! We are off to visit friends and share the day.
Also, it is snowing! I have had very few white Christmas' before, and the snow has been around for a couple of weeks this time, which is a very nice treat. Full disclosure: I took this picture a few days ago, so that I could still say we have a white Christmas, even if all of the snow rained off before this day. But the flakes just keep accumulating, bit by bit, and it is beautiful outside!
Another shot of Mt. McGinnis from our back porch, on one of the recent clear, cold days.
Last night we went to a poster session to see the poster that Ernie made for his GIS class. We were looking around at all the posters that all of the students made, and I saw one about dissolved organic matter in Auke Lake. The author had put a picture up of Auke Creek, and I went to point it out to Chris to show him were I work in the summer. When I looked closer, I saw that my blog address was printed at the bottom (otherwise I might not have known that I had taken the picture).
Someone had stolen a picture from my blog to use on their poster! (And cited it properly!)