Monday, January 31, 2005

It's snowing still 

It has been snowing for about a week now, just keeps on coming. It will stop for a while, then all of a sudden it's snowing again. Usually just long enough for me to shovel the walk and then it's back. Never really huge amounts, but since it hasn't gotten above 30 degrees lately it's hanging around. We are having as much fun with it as we can. Kenny and Jacob built a snowman

Jacob has gone sledding a few times, increasing hill sizes each time. I took him to a mini hill in the playground behind the house, Kenny took him to some farm fields with much bigger hills. He loves sledding, just doesn't like walking up the hill. I think it has something to do with being in 2-3 layers of clothes and a snowsuit. Pretty much has no agility when he's dressed like that!

We have a good time watching Heidi snuffle around in the snow, she really likes it. She plows paths for the other dogs to follow, although most of the snow balls up in her fur. It takes her a good 10 minutes to thaw when she comes in.

So far driving hasn't been too bad, just a little slow sometimes. It seems if you can get to the next decent size town, the roads are better from there. They really seem to have a different view on clearing roads out where we live, and we seem to get more snow. Last time we lived in Germany, our windows overlooked the city of Ansbach. I would see the snow trucks out at 4 am getting started on the roads. Here, a tractor with plow equipment shows up lunchtime or later, and does a quick drive by.

One day last week he came and really took his time, clearing everything and piling all the snow up on the edges. We watched him, he's pretty skilled with the plow. Somehow he dislodged one of the boulders on the edge of the parking area (decorative) and managed to put it back by rolling it all around with the plow. If he could have heard us, we would have clapped.

This was this morning, about 8:30 a.m.

It was really snowing, but stopped about an hour later. We are lucky that we have some basics in walking distance, so if the snow got too bad and we didn't want to drive down the hill, we could always go on foot. A baker, a butcher and a grocery/drug store. We really don't mind all the snow, it is very pretty and fun to play in. But at some point it has to stop!

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