Monday, March 10, 2008
I would do a Spring Photo Challenge... BUT...
It ain't spring here yet.
We got dumped with another gagigawillion cm of snow, which equals approximately four bazillion inches. We are exhausted. Those of you who don't get snow might not understand the sheer physical effort required to get through winter. Snow has to get moved. And driven through. And scraped off of windshields. If you live in town, like I do, there's a problem with where to pile it all when the snowbank gets to be about chest height, like ours are. On my sister's street, the houses are a little closer together and have smaller front yards, and the snowbank is taller than she is. Okay, at 5'1" I'm the tallest of the women in my family, but still. Her snowbanks are over 5 feet tall, people. Which might as well be a trillazillion feet when you're trying to heave another shovelful up there.
I have vague memories of playing in it ages ago...
Winter hit this year in early November and stuck around. It's normal to get a snowfall before Halloween here, but it always melts off right away. Normally we get the long lasting snow a week or two into December and right about now we'd be gleefully watching it melt away into little muddy rivers. Not this year. Other than a good January thaw, it's been unstoppable.
We've been spoiled by ten years of generally mild winters with a few severe cold snaps and a good flurry storm. Not hard core winter in March.
After the weekend, here's what our deck looks like. Keep in mind that the deck rafters are three feet off the ground and in some places, the snow covers the rafters. In case you're wondering, yes, Jethro did plan to finish it before winter. Ha.
The kids dug a path for the poor little dog to get out to pee.
We had to dig out the steps!
Don't you feel sorry for him? I mean, look at that sad little face!!!
Last weekend, I was at the farm. I took my camera out to the barn at 8 am because everything was covered in frost. It was so beautiful and soon the sun would melt off all the frost.
Despite all the hassles and difficulties of winter... it's worth it for moments like this.
I talked to my mom last night. She said there's so much snow in the corral they're afraid the horses will walk over the snowbank and right over the fence. They're only letting the horses outside now when the folks are home to keep an eye on them.
Yeah, it's pretty. But it's March. It's supposed to be mud season. I'd rather have snow than mud... but I am repeatedly telling myself that this is not permanent. Winter can't last forever and by July when I'm sweating buckets I won't believe that I ever complained about having a megajillion feet of snow.