A Snowy Non-Consumer Photo Essay for 2013

by Katy on January 1, 2013 · 18 comments

Today’s Non-Consumer Photo Essay will not feature any of my envy inducing Goodwill finds, and instead will focus on the joys of playing in the snow. (Okay, okay . . . I’ll give you one Goodwill photo.)

Jealous much?

I took my sons up to Mt. Hood to spend the weekend at my father and step-mother’s cabin. Which of course, necessitated a trip to the rather fantabulous Clackamas county library in Zig Zag. It’s hard to tell in the photo, but I am checking out:

  • A Martha Stewart craft book
  • A Mary Engelbreit craft book
  • A home organizing book
  • How to Keep Your Teenager From Driving You Crazy
  • You and Your Aging Parents.

You know . . .  for variety.  

When you take artsy kids to play in the snow, you will get something like this:

You will also get overly aggressive snowball fights. It’s best to just steer clear. (By the way, this is not my father’s cabin, but the untouched snow was too tempting to, ahem . . . respect property lines.)

And of course we can’t spend time with Tampa Tony without snapping a photo or two.

And you can’t observe your brother’s snow sculpture without creating your own. (Apparently this one looked like Virginia or Idaho, depending on how you held it.)

Happy new year to one and all. May your year be filled with health, happiness, snowball fights and library books.

Katy Wolk-Stanley

“Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without.”

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{ 18 comments… read them below or add one }

BonnieBairns January 1, 2013 at 12:53 pm

OK, I just have to ask if you noticed any missing parts in that doll jar. I know it’s being sold “As Is”, but I was hoping to find one with all intended parts. jk Do you suppose they chuckled when they wrote “As Is” on the price tag?? lol


Katy January 1, 2013 at 12:58 pm

I didn’t see any legs. Then again, I didn’t really look all that close.



Debbie January 1, 2013 at 2:15 pm

I miss my kids.. They’re all growed up, drat the luck! I have kid envy, not Goodwill envy, at least not today! It looks like a wonderful day was had by all!


Cyndi January 1, 2013 at 3:19 pm

I think that Goodwill photo helps explain your luck. In some places I’ve been they seem to presort the stuff, but it seems like in Portland they just put most everything out and wait to see what happens.

And it’s hard to go very far without passing a donation site.


marie January 1, 2013 at 3:55 pm

We’ve had a wonderful New Years Day. Quiet, but for the 7 yr old granddaughter playing in our snow.
She was riding her bike in the snow {all of 3 inches}. I said have you slipped off yet? She answered, I fell over a coupla times!
It has been fun watching her walk the bike to the top of the pasture, then riding all out down the hill.


Michelle January 1, 2013 at 4:22 pm

I don’t know if I’m more confused by the “as is” notation or the fact that they thought it was worth slapping a price tag onto!


Renee CA January 1, 2013 at 4:42 pm

$4.99 huh? What a deal.


Amanda @ The Scacchi House January 1, 2013 at 6:01 pm

I was thinking $4.99 was a rip-off… unless you’re into random body parts. =) LOL


Renee CA January 1, 2013 at 7:04 pm

You didn’t detect the sarcasm? How did they put a value of $4.99 on that???


Lois January 1, 2013 at 5:01 pm

Snow ball fights aren’t popular with our little one’s yet, it’s eating the snow they look forward to each time they step out the door. At least they are getting to that age where they can tell the difference between clean/fresh snow and dirty snow.


Amanda @ The Scacchi House January 1, 2013 at 6:02 pm

Since moving to Alaska, I have tried to make snowballs a few different times, with no luck. Maybe I’m doing it wrong, being from Florida and all. Looks like fun!


greenstrivings January 1, 2013 at 7:33 pm

What a good-looking family! Happy New Year to all of you.


Dianna January 1, 2013 at 8:24 pm

Happy New Year Katy!


Katy January 1, 2013 at 9:12 pm

And a happy new year to you!



Nina Nelson January 2, 2013 at 12:48 pm

Our friends have a cabin on Mt. Hood that they rent out. I think we’ll have to stay there again.

Do you ever stop at the restaurant that always has live music advertised? Our friends said it’s really good (and unique), we’ve just never stopped in.


Katy January 2, 2013 at 2:16 pm

The only restaurant we ever eat at is “El Burro Loco” in Zig Zag. Otherwise, we just eat at the cabin.



Erica January 3, 2013 at 3:25 am

For quite a while I’ve been pondering who it it that you remind me of…it got even More obvious after watching your show online…BUT suddenly last nite, while watching (a free rental) movie, it hit me like thunder…There you appeared on screen…totally…as Jodie Foster entered! I can imagine you’re heard this before….but she’s usch a copy of you (not the other way around ;)!). Beautiful!…and now my mind can rest! Happy great new Year!!!


Katy January 3, 2013 at 8:14 am

Funny, I’ve never been told that before!



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