Hello everyone. It’s me, Ollie. And James and I are back from our snowshoe for the day. Well, James had on those oversized shoes while I gallivanted around in the snow. Yes, we have snow in Vermont. It may not be as much as we had when James went skiing with his friends from Kathy’s House.
What is Kathy’s House, you ask? It’s a group of James’ friends who ski together. They had a house at Killington, Vermont for many years. The house was named after one of the members, Kathy, because, as one of the original members, every time the phone rang it was for her, so everyone started answering the phone, “Kathy’s House.”
James’ good friend Phil Rader invited him up to ski one weekend as a guest of the “house.” While James was never actually a paying member of Kathy’s House, he was the perpetual paying guest; some winters paying more as a guest than had he paid the membership fee. (Or so James believes.) As such, the members welcomed James as a colleague, for which he has been eternally grateful.
They had their annual reunion during the next to last weekend of January. The “house” stopped its seasonal ventures in Killington in the early 1990’s. The first reunion took place at Jay Peak in Vermont, hosted by Phil Rader and Ellie Gordon. And these reunions have been taking place each year ever since. This year they went back at Killington.
I wanted to let everyone know that I contacted pneumonia while James was in Utah. Yes, I got really sick, which is why you haven’t heard from me recently. Three pills and one powder for 14 days put me back in shape. Thank goodness I didn’t have to have a bronchial flush (don’t ask so I don’t have to tell), which they thought I might need.
I so wanted to go to the mountain with the gang, but even if I had been well, James said he’d have a hard time finding skis and boots (no relation to puss and boots) for dogs.
I hope you’re having a healthy winter. If not, let me know in the comments so we can commiserate together. I always like hearing from you, even if you are well, so please feel free to comment on my site.
Until next week,
Sir Oliver of Skygate Farm (you can call me Ollie)