Sunday, February 9, 2014

Our version of a snowstorm.

By the end of January, my younger son's school had used up nine of the ten allotted snow days for the year.  This could get ugly.
After the snow, my neighbor decided it would be best for him to park at the end of our dead-end street.  Directly behind my car, blocking both me and my son in.  This also meant that the city's snowplow had to stop mid-way down the street and leave our section un-plowed.  But they seem like nice-enough people, so I knocked on their door to discuss it and pet their goofy golden retriever.  He was apologetic, and moved the car not long after, and I cleared out the worst of the snow at the top of my driveway and salted it before night fell.
In the morning, I found that a cat had been visiting my front porch. I'm guessing that happens a lot, given the heavy bird and squirrel population.
But as is often the case in these parts, things thaw out again pretty quickly so I was able to get out to the lake for a walk.
I started down this path and then realized that the dog prints were fresh and unaccompanied by human prints. Which means no leash. I love dogs, but don't trust the ones I don't know. I decided it would be best to go back around the other way to the waters edge.
When I eventually move away, I'll miss this walk. It's peaceful out here.
The snow has completely disappeared, but the forecast shows a good chance of snow throughout the coming week. Still looking for warmth.

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  1. yeah we have a chance of snow as well...
    it looks like it outside...
    its a beautiful walk there by the water....

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  2. He certainly didn't think that parking out did he?
    Love your photos, those views are so pretty .

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    1. No he didn't! I guess he was just thinking he didn't want to drive up his steep driveway.

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  3. and I am happy that the snow also almost dissapeared here:)

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    1. I keep telling myself it will be March soon.

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  4. At least you only have a dusting of snow, which is easy to deal with. Huge parts of Somerset in England have been totally flooded for over a month now and there's lots more rain to come. The locals are utterly distraught.

    Even in the snow, your lake looks wonderful!

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    1. It's not the snow that is really the problem, it's been the ice. The buses can't run if there is ice.

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  5. I like how the snow tells tales... with prints in the snow. Reminds me of how much happens outside of my view. So peaceful looking there. Good idea not to trust strange dogs. You never know.

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    1. I worry about dogs and don't want to encounter one where I can't get help.

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  6. You keep looking. You'll find it! And where are you thinking of moving to?

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  7. Gorgeous photos! And I can imagine how beautiful that walk must be for you! WOW! You live in such a beautiful area. Love the reflection you caught in the water in photos 4 and 6.

    We were supposed to get slammed with snow on Saturday, but got nothing. However, I they changed the forecast until this coming week. As I type this, it's actually starting to snow.

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    1. Thanks. It is a beautiful place to be.

      I guess it's hard for them to predict when it will hit. We have snow in the forecast for three days, so I'm guessing we'll get at least a little.

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  8. I feel your pain. We got another 8" last night after a similar amount yesterday. I'd guess I have 2.5 ft in the front yard. I'm tired of shoveling.
    Good luck, nice pics.

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    1. With that much, I'd just give up and stay in, I think.

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  9. I really enjoyed that bit of snow we all got in the South. It took about 3 days to melt away here. Funny you showed prints because I noticed the same thing. It's interesting to think about all the visitors we get but don't realize it because their tracks are hidden normally.

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    1. I like that about the snow - I see the tracks of bunnies and raccoons, too, and it always makes me smile.

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  10. I would have headed away from the dog tracks too!

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    1. I'm not a fan of dogs off leashes whenI'm out on my own!

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  11. I can't think what was going through your neighbour's mind when he parked directly behind your car, at the end of a dead end street. Here, there would be a good chance the plow would block him in. We had another 11" fall the other day and it has snowed all day today. No chance of it melting quickly, more's the pity.
    I love the stillness of your lake.

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    1. I guess not much was going through his mind! But he seemed to feel terrible about it when I talked to him.

      11 inches of snow. Gah!

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  12. It's looks very peaceful.

    I'd go the other way from a potentially stray dog, too. It's more hassle. than it's worth to deal with them.

    You're lucky to have such reasonable neighbors. I've had some real doozies that parked me in over and over.

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    1. I'd say my neighbors are lucky to have a reasonable neighbor. When I posted about it on FB, people were suggesting calling the police or having the car towed. I went with a friendly approach instead.

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    2. We should always start with the friendly approach. In my neck of the woods it could take the sheriff a long time to get there. And over something so small? Not likely to go down well.

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  13. It looks pretty, but I agree with you about the dog by himself out and about. I'm real paranoid about dogs on or off leash when I'm walking Koda or if on my own; I think you were wise to alter your course. I do hope the warmth comes soon!

    betty

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    1. I've heard too many stories about encounters with unleashed dogs that didn't end well, so I keep my distance.

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  14. When you eventually move away? Is that anytime soon or is that just a thought forming on the distant horizon?

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  15. Nice that it's warm enough to still go for a walk, and your lake hasn't frozen right over.

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    1. Lakes don't freeze over down here. Ponds, on occasion, but not the lakes.

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  16. Good thinking on those dog tracks. I would not be able to tell the difference between a dog or coyote.

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    1. I wouldn't either by its tracks, but coyotes aren't generally out and about in broad daylight. And I don't worry about them anyway - I think a single coyote would as soon keep its distance.

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  17. Most snow ever for our winter here. Your scenes looks so pretty, you will miss that, I imagine. I'm with you on stray dogs.
    XO
    WWW

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    1. No, I don't think I will. It's pretty, but I really hate the cold.

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  18. Good for you and talking directly with your goofy neighbor. Most people today are too afraid and will call the police--hiding under a pillow all the while.

    More snow for us this week as well. Yuck.

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    1. I believe in being civilized if at all possible. :-)

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  19. Looks a nice walk.

    Thank you. Love love, Andrew. Bye.

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  20. I know the school's here have missed a lot for the weather as well. It's been harsh, even for the mountains.

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    1. I just hope they don't cut into the kids' Spring break.

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  21. they build ten snow days into your school year? wow, they build NONE into ours, even though then know darned well they will have some.

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