Winter Wonderland, and Wild Man Tommy

The snow and ice have hit Portland thick, and we've had some great opportunities to enjoy it!

Below is a video of a sled running the kids and I took between storms at the hill near our house. The snow at the bottom of the hill was just melting, but the sledding was still excellent. Wild man Tommy was steering our sled and turned so hard he almost threw me off at the top! I love the primal "I love speed" roar he uncorked at the bottom of the hill:

That was 2 days ago. After 36 hours of snowfall, it looked a bit different today! Some pics of...

...our house

...our deck!

The sledding hill:

Our street:

Couple loose ends

Book Giveaway Winner
Well, I had lots of readers during last weeks' drawing for the Question of God book, but only four entries for the drawing. What's wrong, no one likes free books!?! Well anyway, the drawing was won by a new reader with the screen name IsleOracle. I haven't heard from the winner yet regarding how to deliver the goods - so IsleOracle, please e-mail me! In the meantime, I happen to have more than one brand new copy of thoe book so I've re-drawn another winner, who is none other than Harvest's tie-dyed free-thinker Mitch Williams! Congrats Mitch! See me Sunday for the book (Ferarri not included...)

Jamaica Blue Mountain Epilogue
The recent saga, which began here and continued here, came to a safe, successful happy conclusion - starting Thanksgiving morning when I brewed my first pot of heaven-in-a-cup. It is indeed a complex, rich, smooth coffee that's different than anything else I've ever tasted - outstanding stuff! I'm drinking my last pot of it as I type these words, having shared a pot with some good friends who spent the afternoon with Amy and I yesterday.

And speaking of sharing... yes, I did leave a baggie with some of the JBM beans in Esther's office yesterday morning, so she too got to have some. So the only question now remaining is, just how deep in my debt is Esther now?

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