Friday, November 26, 2010

Record cold

You know those brisk fall days when you enjoy raking leaves and readying the yard for winter? We didn't have any this year.
Roses one week ago.

During the snow.

Today after the snow melted.
Monday's snow fell on top of icy roads and one day this week set a record for cold this time of year. Tuesday and Wednesday the dogs got only minimal walks because the snow was so dry that it squeaked under my feet, sending shivers up my back and teaching me that cold-shivers are preferable to sound-shivers.
Green leaves fell on the snow; I've never seen that before.

I saw interesting footprints around the house, some that I can't identify.

A bird hopped onto the back stairs.

The neighbor's cat walked in front of the garage.

And something really big crossed at the entrance to the driveway.
Because snow was falling, I ran inside and grabbed the first thing I could find to show the size--a five-inch rawhide chew stick.
By comparison, this is an Airedale footprint.

And here's the monster foot. What could it be? Does this neighborhood have a very weird newspaper carrier?


  1. Sasquatch? D.B. Cooper? Reindeer?
    It's a mystery!

    Wyatt and Stanzie

  2. Crikey, its bigfoot!

    We think other dogs get lumps. Opy the lab cross has many.

    Noah x

  3. That rose looks very sad!
    Aaaand.... huge pawprint!
    I wonder to whom it belongs!
    Kisses and hugs

  4. We think that footprint belongs to Thumper!
    We LOVE the look of your blog! It's very warm and pretty!

    Love ya lots
    Maggie and Mitch

  5. Interesting, I love a good mystery...

    I'm sorry about your lack of fall this year. It sucks to miss out on such a good season. If it makes you feel better, I am badly wishing we had some real snow. So far, no dice and it makes me feel left out. No pretty winter photos for us.

  6. Looks like Maggie and Mitch have it right. Although there are plenty of little brown bunnies on the islands, they are extremely rare around here, except for pet rabbits that people have "released" and they don't live long unless they're in a protected area. Since the slugs do enough damage to our gardens, I'm quite happy not to see rabbits and hope this one isn't inviting friends to move in.

  7. those poor roses. It's been a weird year weather-wise in our area and we're still waiting for our first snow (Northwest Ohio).

  8. Poor roses. :(

    Those kind of look like rabbit tracks...