Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Surprise snow

Snow has fallen here off and on all weekend. For most of the time, it didn’t amount to much. On Saturday it snowed all day, and all I ended up with was about half an inch. When it snowed on Monday afternoon, I didn’t think much about it. I was in the cabin, where I could see it snowing but I couldn’t really see the forest floor.

So it was a surprise when I stepped out and found almost 3 inches of snow. Not much, certainly, but more than I expected after the ongoing and unproductive snow showers of the past few days. The local feeder birds had emptied the feeder an hour or so earlier and were huddled around, apparently waiting for me to fill them again.

After the below zero temperatures of Friday night, Monday afternoon’s 20 degrees felt almost balmy. I filled up the bird feeders again and gathered up Dog and Baby Dog to go play in the snow.

I don’t know what it is with my dogs. Perhaps all dogs are like this, but whenever I have snow, my two behave like crazy dogs. They run through the woods, noses under the snow. I keep expecting them to run into something and get hurt but so far that hasn’t happened. They really do have the attitude, though, that if it’s white out, they don’t have to listen. I put up with it as long as I could, then I took one of them inside. It’s easier to deal with wild dogs when there’s only one at a time.

Despite the below average temperatures on the mountain this winter, snow has thus far been in short supply. I’ve missed it, for a variety of reasons. For one thing snow covers up a lot. I can leave things outside—watering cans, coolers, rakes, whatever—and when they are snow-covered it looks like so many interesting bumps. Without snow cover, it just looks like what it really is—stuff I haven’t put away. Snow lets me forget that part until spring. Or at least forget it for a Monday afternoon, which was good enough for the moment.


Lynne said...

LOL! Art and I were just talking this weekend about how the snow covers up all the stuff we left laying about.

The-Grizzled-But-Still-Incorrigible-Scribe-Himself! said...

My dog loves the snow too, and runs around doing the same stuff—nose under the snow, wallowing on her back, snorting and dashing every which way. I wrote something about it, I think, a few blogs back.

Unlike your dogs, however, mine had jabbed her nose on sticks doing the snowplow routine, and taken off patches of skin. Made her yelp, but didn't make her quit loving snow and sticking her nose down in it at high speed.

Glad you finally got you some snow to play in.

Cathy said...

I got a bit of surprise snow too on Sunday. Was suppose to get an inch of snow, well it turn into almost 6 inches of the crazy white stuff.

However, I could use a Jan thaw right now.

KGMom said...

Carolyn--another dog owner weighing in. Our dog does the same thing--snout down snuffling along in the snow. I suspect snow brings out extra smells.
One time, she actually uprooted a small bird that must have gone into the snow for warmth.