Under a thick blanket of snow

First of all, my sincere apologies for not posting earlier to this blog! Life has been having its way with me, is all I can say. I know that can't satisfy of justify, so let's just move on...

We're in the final few days of 2015, and Margaret and I have made it to the house for a few days of enjoyment and admittedly some work. The house is not 100% done, there's a few items left to do like installing gutters on the roof, switching out the basement door to a nice wood door, not the ugly fire door that's in there now, and the stairs still need to be carpeted. 

But our contractor Clint told us that the county has inspected the house, and approved it. Which means, in a few short days, he should be driving over here and handing us the occupancy permit. It's been a long road to get here, some awesome, some terrible, but you have to look at the end result, and feel the gratitude at how it's come together.

We got here after the the Christmas storm was winding up. All told, there's like 20 inches of gorgeous champagne powder on the property. Which some how, our Subaru Outback with new snow tires managed to tame and get us from CR1A (which was very nicely plowed, thanks Ouray County), THROUGH the plow berm and back the ~200 feet to the house. Bravo, Subie.

 From the house, looking back toward the county road. 

From the house, looking back toward the county road. 

So far, lots of little things getting done. Margaret and I work well as a team on this place. We got the rest of the ceiling fans installed in the bedrooms, the rest of the light fixtures installed, and we installed the Levelor cordless blinds we got for the great room and the powder room on the main floor. We're filling nail holes in the trim with colored putty, washing the basement floor to try to get some of the dirt off of it, stuff like that. 

Other than that, we plan to enjoy too. We'll be here for a few days, so we're looking forward to cross country skiing in Ridgway, meeting up with new friends in Log Hill for drinks and conversation, and heading over to Telluride one day. 

 Late morning view from the deck. The storm clouds finally cleared to reveal the Cimmarrons across the valley. 

Late morning view from the deck. The storm clouds finally cleared to reveal the Cimmarrons across the valley. 

 Every time we come here, Skillet gets a little more comfortable with the place...

Every time we come here, Skillet gets a little more comfortable with the place...