Well I don’t think that I have really done any “complaining” posts about winter. For the most part both Ron and I enjoy winter. I truly appreciate the sun and the snow! The sun rises and sunsets are spectacular. We both have a hearty respect for the wind and what it can do to the landscape!
Here is a picture of the snow waves – although it is hard to appreciate how undulating they are!
I’ve given up my trail walking this year – too much snow and I wasn’t able to get out regularly enough to keep the trails beaten into submission with the wind blowing them away! We did get snow shoes for Christmas so that has been our new way to get out and about. You can still get pretty wet, cold and exhausted doing that. I’ve come up with these three snow shoeing rules.
* If the dogs want to lead let them – they are younger and have more energy!
* If the dogs crash through the snow – you are in trouble if you follow!
* If the older dog (Breeze) gets tired – I’m in trouble and it’s probably still a long way to home!
Having said all that – it really is a great exercise and some one on one time with the dogs.
There are no deer tracks around our place this year as they are busy eating up the neighbours wheat field he didn’t get in the bin. Seriously – they have hardly moved all winter. The track between the wheat field and the trees to the south of there is the only track that hasn’t blown in all winter. We have come so close to hitting them as they cross the road but fortunately it is lighter now in the morning when we go to work so most of the danger is past.
The tracks we found in the freshly blown snow on our trips out and about were of a different variety – I suspect it is the rabbits out foraging on the pond and in the trees. It looks like ski-doo (sleds to the younger generation) tracks that are all random in the field as they appear to have been just out running around for fun.
The dogs, of course, then had fun smelling everywhere that the rabbits had been. The dogs just plain have fun. They come home looking like snow balls albeit tired happy ones.
This is what kitties do while the rest of us are outside working or playing. They sit in the sunshine and watch us. Smart creatures but not smart enough to turn this picture the right way up – me neither tonight as I want to hit publish more than I want to fight with this photo so it can win~
While all of this can seem like fun the realities of winter can be a bit more harsh. We do have a tractor but unfortunately its home inside the garage is full of siding and soffit boards so this year it is non functional. For the past three winters we have survived with shovelling and the odd tractor clean up via Kevin. This year it has been a bit more challenging as we really do have a load of snow. Yesterday morning it blew right off the drift and covered the front of my car. About 3 weeks ago the portion up by Spencer’s old Mustang got “ahead” of us and we let it go (kind of like the wild oats – sometimes you just can’t win!) and have been backing up and driving in and out the same side of the circular driveway.
As you can see we (Ron more so than me as I can’t throw snow that high – and I had better mention Spencer also has spent some time out there) have been keeping a portion of the driveway passable but the pile is getting pretty darn tall.
In preparation for spring and the run off season we thought maybe it was time to do something about the driveway portion that was blown in so it doesn’t turn into a mud hole when it finally warms up. So I was going to phone our wonderful neighbour, Kevin Friske, and ask if he could come down with his tractor and bucket in exchange for a coffee and some freshly baked muffins courtesy of Delectable Desserts (Alyssa’s new venture) but before I got the call made there he was!! His tractor even had to work hard to get rid of the pile of snow and now it is blowing again like crazy outside so who knows what it will look like in the morning.
This view makes it look like the Wilkie Ford dealership on Rossmo Road (sorry Smith readers!) with all those vehicles. You can see the black Jetta that was buried yesterday am and the red Mustang up top. You can’t see how deep the snow is from this angle but it is a lovely picture of our friend and neighbour Kevin out doing our driveway for which we are extremely thankful.
We love visitors and are always happy when show up. Today we had visitors of a different sort and I just happened to look up at the right time. In this picture you should be able to spot three prairie grouse (hm – not sure I spelt that right!).
As I said we love visitors and are always happy when they show up for a long awaited visit. Here are the Smith “girls” in the kitchen playing Bananagram while Greta and Grayson play with the cash register in the front room. It was a lovely visit – some neighbours are also friends and the Smith family are definitely in that category.
So the last picture is my attempt at being creative. I spend some time reading a few blogs regularly and three of them have such fabulous photos (you know who you are as I always leave a comment about the photo composition or the color or intensity) that I decided to try my hand at posting a picture that wasn’t “construction” related. There is an old fence up in the pasture land that I love – the history and its lonely position on the prairie. In the spring it is surrounded by crocuses with tall grasses keeping it friendly in the summer and fall but in the winter all it has is snow. So we trekked out that way and took a couple of photos – lying down in the snow in the winter with no gloves and snow shoes on >> yep it was a challenge!! So then I did some editing and I will post it here for you all to look at and perhaps leave a comment about.
Artistically it is too bad that the dogs disturbed the snow in front of the fence before I took the photo.
So until spring comes hold on to the longer days and know that it (winter) can’t last past May – just joking. Relax. It’s supposed to warm up this week and even rain. To those of you that are already enjoying the first brushes of spring relish it. Winter is a pretty easy “penalty” to pay for living in such a wonderful place as Saskatchewan.
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