Well, of course you..........
spend days digging out your backyard……….
with the help of one hardy neighbor, thanks Nancy Bass.
Then you rent a tent, have it delivered and set up by two very nice guys.
You offer them lunch and a warm place to stay because their battery ends up being dead when the tent is all set. Hours later, help arrives and they are on their way. Our cars did not have enough juice to get their battery started. We tried.
If you ever need to rent a tent, these guys were awesome, friendly and unflappable.
You invite a few friends and neighbors who you know will appreciate your need to fight the winter blues and you set up the tent for an outdoor viewing of what else, Dr. Zhivago. A nice, short, uplifting movie with lots of warm weather scenes to make you feel so toasty while watching it.
The excitement builds as the day arrives. Catered food is picked up. Blankets are set out. Food and drink tables are set up. Most importantly, the propane heater and space heaters are turned on ahead of time to warm up the tent. It's a toasty 8 degrees out and headed below zero for tonight.
Typical looking cook.
At last, the guests are arriving! Even a Bolshevik makes an appearance.
The Bolshevik introduces the movie and the first reel (disc) begins.
Boy, that Lara sure gets around.
Okay, disc one is done. Everyone grabs something, food, drinks, blankets. This was fun, but the second half of the epic will be shown inside after intermission.
What a great night!
The day after. Time to clean up.
See some added notes below.
Last year my husband had the Idea of doing a winter version of our summer movie nights that I have blogged about before. My youngest daughter Sarah bought fur and hand sewed the Bolshevik hat for him for Christmas, so we had to follow through and have Dr. Zhivago night.(A year later) It was sad that it didn't work out that she could come home from Virginia, where she attends college, to join us.
During one of our summer movie nights, a neighbor knocked on our gate. We thought, oh no, we are too loud and he is going to complain. Quite the opposite, he said, "I heard the movie and I just had to come join you, I worked on this movie". The movie was Moon Rise Kingdom and he did all the set dressing for the movie. He told us some pretty cool stuff about the movie and dished some dirt on the actors in it. He is now a regular at our movie nights and always has interesting tidbits to share about the movies that he works on in this area, which there are a lot of.
His girlfriend joined us this time, too. We have awesome neighbors!
After 31 years of teaching, I have decided to retire and start a new chapter of my life as a photographer. It has been my passion for about 7 years now.