Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Well, Mommy I actually kind of like vacuuming. I mean I wouldn't give it up for ice cream or anything like that, but it is kind of fun! :)

Elena- age 11.

Ducky rumors...

So, if you hear any rumors of someone climbing through 3 feet of snow in their snow boots and pajamas, well I'm not sure I would believe them... or at least I'd contemplate whether someone would really do such a thing...
With a power outage and 18 more inches of snow greeting us this morning, well it's possible that someone may have panicked about not hearing the soothing sound of honking ducks first thing in the morning. And "someone", while still in pajamas may have quickly grabbed snow boots and hurdled through 100 feet of snow, three feet high... relieved at the sight of ducks (still moving), then hollered to their spouse who's waiting at the front door to hear news of whether they had survived their first serious snow dumping. Well, "someone" may have dug a path through 3 feet of snow with bare hands for them to be able to climb up and out of the pond while trying desperately to coax them off the pond. Oh mercy. And there may have even been tears, but there's no proof.
Once again, I'm not sure if I'd believe it or not, but what I do know for sure is that these duckies have caused a lot of drama today. But they actually seem to be fine, they're swimming around in the slush not a bit anxious to get off the pond. In fact, we haven't seen them leave the pond at all. We keep clearing a path for them and bringing them food, lots and lots of food well, because it makes us me feel better. But on one of my visits down to the pond I noticed some fresh ducky droppings in the snow. Never in my life have I been happier to see such a sight!
Obviously, we're rookie "duck farmers" but after today I'm not even sure I could even classify them as farm animals, I think we share a last name! I even wanted to bring them in the house for the night, but they refused my offer. They won't even leave the pond. Oh mercy!

Overheard late in the day: "The ducks are out of the pond!" "Yay! Yippee!!" There were lots of loud cheers!
Oh, and the temperatures are climbing, logic says that the ducks should be fine. Of course, I'll, I mean "we'll" be anxious to see how they're doing tomorrow morning.

Snowy Night!

Uh... so, I was on my way to bed and I took a look out the window and I was shocked! I mean, I knew they said the snow was coming, but wow! Look how the snow is sitting on the individual branches! Again, wow!
I swear I had just looked out the window an hour before and the snow accumulation wasn't significant. Not like this.
I opened the front door and had to snap a pic of this tree, this is the same tree in yesterday's post. It's so loaded with snow that the branches are touching the ground! I can only imagine what it will look like in the morning!

As I was looking out various windows in the house, I caught a glimpse of the trees down by the pond and I was giddy. They were so pretty! I needed a picture. So, like any true Minnesotan, (transplanted to the P-NW) I pulled my snowboots on and well, I already had my sweatshirt on so I grabbed my camera as I was more than prepared to frolic in the snow.
And I captured this. A beautiful starry snowy night! Ahh....
And this. Snowy night by the pond.
And a snowy night back at the house. I snapped one more pic of my flowering plum tree at the end of my frolic. And then I got all snuggled in my bed, with dreams of snowflakes dancing in my head... or, something like that...

Happy snow day to me! And you!

Tuesday, January 17, 2012


The kids were so excited to have a snow day today! Elena asked me, "when is it too early to go out and play in the snow?" She was up and out the door early. Deacon made an attempt to get ready but, he has spent his snow day curled up on the couch with a tummy ache. :(

With Deacon all settled, I took a few minutes to go outside with Elena to watch her play, shovel a little snow and capture a few moments.
Here's what I saw. My little girl romping in the snow.
Our neighbor's adorable little barn. And yes, it has been snowing like this all day. We've probably got about 18 inches and we might have another 12 inches (or more) on the way!
This is our flowering plum tree, a bit weighed down by all of the snow.
And I found our web-footed critters having a snack in the back yard.
These girls almost blend into the snow.
And this little guy is "swimming" his way to the well-worn duckie path.

I forgot how fun the ducks are to watch in the snow. They really look like they are swimming in the snow, and they're so graceful... until they start honking.

There's my brief tour of our winter wonderland. I'm back in the house all snuggled up with seltzer water and saltines hoping the tummy bug doesn't migrate.