Thursday, February 3, 2011

Snowpacalypse 2011!

Really, it's not all that bad here. It's just that every time I turned on the TV yesterday the news was billing our most recent snow storm as something akin to the end of the world. One of my favorites was Snowmageddon. It's not like we received anything close to what the northern states or Canada get on a regular basis.

We ended up with anywhere from 18 to 24 inches here in our back yard. Mr. Yarn Geek and Neighbor Gary spent a good chunk of the day shoveling the back alley out to the street. We now understand the wisdom of our neighbors who have been here forever and decided to park on the street instead of in the alley. At least they only had to dig out a few feet after the snow plow (A.K.A backhoe) came by.

I awoke after a leisurely sleeping in and observed the squirrels clearing their throats on our empty squirrel feeder. It seems that they have figured out it's function after all and want it in good working order at all times. The snow was knee-deep, but I got out there and obliged them. They stripped off the first two cobs in less than half an hour. The next two lasted a bit longer. No wonder the resident squirrel population is so healthy.

I do have to admit to having a bit of fun with the dog. Chase is small as Labs go, and we may have been throwing things into the drifts just to see him hop like a bunny as he tried to go retrieve them. We had to force him to go outside to do his business as it was. Mr. Yarn Geek had to dig a place for him to squat before he would even consider the possibility of doing so. Given the chance, I think he would have held it until the snow melted. Here is Chase contemplating the worth of chasing the squirrel as opposed to staying put. Staying put won.