Our little storm gave us 3 inches, just enough to make it fun and interesting for Stanley to frolic around like the galumphagus he is, I’m glad he loves it, it reminds me of the days of Marshall and Rex, they spent hours running around in circles in the back, grabbing at the snow with their mouths, it was beautiful to watch. Stanley was doing just that, it tugged at my heartstrings, I miss Marshall and Rex so much at times. I feel so very lucky having our trio, they didn’t replace Marshall, Rex or Tuck, but they remind us on a daily basis how lucky we were to have them in our lives, they do it by being just as special.
I spoke too soon! What is this with the white stuff falling down once again, I mean REALLY! Haven’t we had enough?!
I know that tomorrow, theoretically, it will warm up to the forties, but still, seeing more snow just got me down. I want blue skies, green shoots now!
I did take a long whiff of my rosemary plant to calm me down, it worked, aromatherapy works wonders on the psyche.
After several days of plus 40 degrees, it is exciting to see some grass at last. When we were in New York at my mother’s, there was barely any snow left in New York, but that wasn’t the case back here at home. We are going to need at least another solid week of warmer temperatures before we are all snow free.
My gardening senses are all a tingly, I have to remind myself very strongly that though there will be grass and warm temperatures on the horizon, we are still two solid months before I can really do anything fun in the garden.
Spring is coming!!!!
Yesterday was the first day of 45 degree temperatures, today being the second and the great melt has commenced. It is crazy just how much snow that we have had this winter that two solid days of 45 degree warmth has barely made a dent in my front yard. Our little arborvitae seem to be straining towards the sun, extending their tips as high as they can, to feel the sun’s warming rays. You can see them by the front door, the one by the wall has had better luck with the snowdrifts and it has emerged at greater speed from its winter slumber.
I took the dogs out for a long walk, a mile around Kaolin Road, for the first time since we have been buried under several feet of snow; poor Jack, he was pooped. Lulu was curious about the new path, we have been walking near the school and its perimeters, but that isn’t much of a proper walk and she needs longer walks to get properly exercised. At first I was worried about walking them together, I was so used to walking Rex and Jack and before that, Rex and Tuck but Rex was the easiest dog to walk, he never pulled and he listened immediately. Lulu is brand new, but she is fairly easy to squire around, she heeds when I tell her and walking them makes me feel as if I was steering two horses in front of me, pulling one from the left to keep him in line, and doing the same on the right.
As the defrost button continues to be switched on, things are going to be messy, squishy and swampy. As much as I love the warmer weather, I am not looking forward to a very muddy season in store for us.
I am so bad, the reason that I took pictures of my husband shoveling snow in front of my mother’s house isn’t because he never shovels, but because he told us that he had shoveled this morning and when we went outside there wasn’t any sign that he had shoveled, so my mother and I couldn’t help but tease him mercilessly “likely story”. My mother then said that next time he shovels he should get photographic evidence. So here it is, his proof that he had indeed shoveled, it is coming down relentlessly harder and stronger by the minute, I give it a half hour before everything that he has done has been erased.
Winter release us from your harsh grip already!!!!
Our daughter had both Jack and Lulu outside with her,she always has her phone with her so she gave me a great treat and filmed Jack warming up for the Iditarod sled race. Isn’t he adorable!?
I spent 4 hours trying to figure out how to get this video from my message center on my iPhone to my WordPress site. My iPhone couldn’t handle the size of the video to send elsewhere such as my video library or even youtube. So I sent it to myself at Google and I had it in my Google Drive, I thought home run!It turned out to be a dud because WordPress wouldn’t accept 3pg, .mov, or even mp4. I was getting frustrated, but I learned a bit about video conversion and other things so that was good. But no matter the frustration, I was bound and determined to share this video with you so I kept at it. I did figure out how to share the video via a copyable link but I didn’t want that, I wanted at the very least to get the video accessible via youtube.
In between all of this, I was roasting two chickens and potatoes Anna for dinner. Hooray for me, I didn’t burn anything, my husband kept me on track with the food. LOL. When I got back to my Chrome book after a round of basting, a light bulb went off in my head, why don’t I go to youtube to see if I can upload the video and then get it onto my blog. So here we are, I was able to do just that and you have the adorable video of our Jack to watch. I hope that I remember everything that I did for future reference; I am keeping my fingers crossed for that. LOL
I am crying Uncle; we have had too many days of below 10 degrees during the day with negative numbers at nights; combined with the outlandish snow, it is getting to be an overload. The last time that I remember having this much snow, the temperatures were in the mid 30’s, and that made all of the difference; it was much more manageable to shovel and to transfer to other places so that you can make trails for the dogs and open up the driveway to see out onto Route 23. This freezing insanity is making winter much harder than it usually is, but I am taking heart that we are nearing the end of February, each day brings us closer to Spring, crocuses and snow drops.
Now this hasn’t only been tough on myself, but also Jack and Lulu. They have gone outside like troopers these past few days, but today they have both reached their limit. Jack has been hiding from me because he knows that I will put him outside; it is so funny because all of a sudden I see his adorable little face peeking out from around the couch and when he sees that I saw him, he bolts the other way out of the room. Lulu is so quiet and ever since I told the kids to feed her a combination of her food, white rice and pumpkin puree, her stomach has recovered, her gassiness is gone, her movements are solid and now we don’t have the tell that alerted us to her need to go outside, so she has been having accidents in the house, but thankfully I have been able to pick them up and flush them in the toilet. Jack knows how to use the training pads that I have put down in his spots but Lulu hasn’t quite gotten the hang of it. Thank goodness for rice and pumpkin; I don’t know if I would be so easy going with a day’s worth of diarrhea.
This week is going to be another week of teens and twenties during the day with negative numbers at night. This is pushing me to my limits.
I am making butternut squash soup as I write and I made pizzas Friday and yesterday was mashed potatoes and my husband made roast beef, so we have been eating serious comfort food during this freezing spell.
A happy belly does help keep the spirits up.
Where are we going to put the snow once this snow storm is ended and the one on Thursday erupts around us once again? It is getting a little scary backing out of our driveway; I had to do so today and thankfully my husband was there to let me know if anyone was coming. We are going to have to figure something out. Our kids helped a bit despite the bone chilling 16 degrees outside, we worked as a team clearing the snow away from both driveways and the walkways.
Jack was very happy to supervise from the warmth of the kitchen; he had no intention of going outside. We took him outside for all of a minute and his little paw went up and he looked at me with his deep brown eyes “take me in Maman, it isn’t weather fit for man or beast!”
I can’t tell you how wonderful it is to be sitting in the living room with a roaring fire warming us up from the toes to the fingers. It was especially brutal outside, not only from the low temperatures but the fierce wind that wouldn’t let up while we were moving snow.
Not looking forward to another round on Thursday
If you had to choose between being able to write a blog (but not read others’) and being able to read others’ blogs (but not write your own), which would you pick? Why?
I hate these choices because they are just silly ultimatums. Rarely in life are there ever true zero sum situations; it is often only limits that we impose on ourselves for a variety of reasons.
That being said if I am going to play the game; then I have to state that I wouldn’t be able to read other blogs because as I have written many times in the past, it is imperative for my mental and emotional health to write each and every day. I would have to sacrifice my readings and it would hurt me a lot because I look forward to reading what my friends have to say about a whole variety of subjects. I have developed some very important friendships and it would be a cruel choice to have to make and so that is why I dislike these silly hypothetical questions; it’s a false premiss designed for dramatic purposes and that is it.
On a happier note; I posted two pretty pictures to brighten the post. A beautiful apricot hibiscus to warm the insides while the outside is blanketed under a thick cover of white snow.