As I turned back towards our house after putting our egg cooler out by the road the other day, this scene struck me:
Holy snow! That’s a lot! Mind you, a lot of that is snow that slid off our metal roof, and since it’s on the east and north sides of the house, it doesn’t get a lot of sun and melt as much as the snow in other parts of our yard does. We had just gotten a foot of snow along with a couple other small storms this last week and it’s really added up. Snow Mountain, first seen in our post “Snowmaggedon!” last year, is back!
It may not be quite as tall as last year yet, but it’s pretty close I’d say! Here are some of the other views of it:
Since we’ve had such an up and down winter, in other areas of the yard the snow had gone down quite a bit. If we hadn’t had the warm spells we did, I wonder what those mountains would look like now? Maybe Mother Nature knows exactly what she’s doing, and she melts it down every so often to make room for more. The good thing is in spite of some rain the snow is still in good condition and we’ve been able to get back out to playing in it. Because this round was so light and fluffy, as well as being deep, Cricket was having a little more trouble getting through it, but that doesn’t slow her down much.
Yes, that’s the 13 year-old beagle with arthritis and a heart condition! I was also finally able to get out and blaze some new snowshoe trails in our woods and the dogs were excited to get out in it. Both the woods and our yard are full of deer trails; since that last big storm they’ve really been out and about.
In fact we’ve had two hanging out right outside the dog fence the last couple days. So far they’ve mostly been there early morning and late evening when the dogs are snoozing so they haven’t bothered them too much. As I sit here writing this, we’ve been watching 5 or 6 of them up in the woods, and this time the dogs know they’re out there! They’re far enough away this time that the dogs aren’t bothering them much.
The dogs had fun on what was our first woods walk in a while….maybe too much, one pulling and one smelling half the time, and they wore me right out. Cricket was really good about following in the trails I had made most of the time though. Now that I have some trails made, I might try to take them for individual walks which is easier on me (less juggling of leashes and a ski pole that I take to help keep myself upright!). That’s so long as Old Man Winter doesn’t decide to either turn the trails to ice with rain and warmth, or bury them in another snow storm! I guess we’ll see what happens, and just keep having fun for as long as we can!