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Sunday, January 5, 2014

And So it Snows...

I woke up to this Saturday.
And I loved it as I usually do.
So then we had to go play in it, no? Well after a touch of spinning. We had to wait for the sun to fully rise and then time it to deal with the stream of realtors. Did that sound snippy? Well, so it is, and that's the last I'll speak of it at this time.
The kids were eager to get going and had to be reminded to heel across the bridge. You can see it's still a bit dark and snowy here.
A fine small flaked flurry was all, as the low clouds covered the sun. Here's the river form the far side of the bridge. It's been warmer the last couple days and there's a few patches of open water in places as you can see near the far shore in a deep spot.
I even got the kids to pose all together. Which is harder than you think with the old woman. She's deaf and chooses to ignore hand signals often. Old Bitch.
Here's the two freckled beasts together. It's funny how the boys sometimes seem to watch over the Old Girl.
Where we walked today is a frisbee golf course. It's a bit of an unofficial off leash area. With that also comes the lazy ones that won't pick up after the dogs that I am sure are going to make us an unwelcome lot someday soon. Not that that will stop us...
I always make a point to carry my bags of doggy poo all the way across the bridge so that anyone, including the adventurous snow biker that left these tracks can see that I do pick up after my dogs. Those are Great Dane Prints, just so you have an idea how big this bikes tires were. There are a couple trash barrels inside the area, but I wait until I cross back over the bridge. Unless it's an especially fragrant poo on a hot day or so frigid that my hands are at risk out of my pockets in the cold. Both of which have occurred.
As the storm started to break up a bit, the clouds were kind of pretty. I liked the lights play in the clouds as I passed this little copse of trees.
And this scene as the storm started to lift up off the mountain.
Before we were done the sky even started to clear up though you can see the edge of the storm to the south here and the blue sky to the north as I looked back west the way we had come from, waiting of the old girl to catch it up.
The Blue skies were not supposed to last either as we are to get a little bit more snow tonight as the temperature begins to drop. Tomorrow's high is supposed to be a whole whopping 3 degrees. That's why I have the boots on the dryer tonight drying out from todays dog walks. They won't be much good to me wet and cold tomorrow.
As I got done snapping the picture of Shiela slowly catching up, I turned and saw this one winging it's way towards us.
Thispicture is grainy for some reason. It was shot right after the other one, and not under a lot of zoom. I don't know why...

I was told moving here that there were a lot of eagles here. Well, to be honest they are kind of a rare site. I'm used to seeing them daily back home, so the couple times a week here, typically from afar is really underwhelming. However, the other birds of prey are numerous. Daily in the summer you see Red Tailed Hawks, Swainson's Hawks, the ever present Turkey Vultures, many owls, and an assortment of Falcon's year round. One in fact just as I put away the camera flew right over our heads. Of course. Isn't that how it always works.
Also out here is an assortment of song birds, deer, antelope, hare and other wildlife. The snake pictures I have had here have been from this area though I have seen them in other places. I just seem to normally have a camera when I'm this way.
And my favorites, the Ravens. Today I was looking for what I thought sounded like a Sage Grouse which I have never seen in this area, just to find it was this guy mimicking one. He took off when I got to close and flew over head. It was still snowing just a bit when I snapped this one, as you can see.
If you ever see the dogs and us out, you will often see Sullivan out there with a stick, or a log. Whichever. He has tried to carry whole trees but they get caught in the brush. Sometimes they are just for him to carry and feel proud of.
Sometimes they are to tempt someone else to play with him...
And he's off!

Except as you see, no one is chasing him... Some are more Speshul than others. Actually Tucker did chase him just after this, but I failed to get the video function on the pig camera to kick on.
And we do our usual mope and sulk on the way back across the bridge when it is time to go home. Well, to the grocery store anyway for Jumbalaya makings.
I did break the spinning wheel back out after doing all the packing away of things for the realtors. I got tired of not having it to work on.
I have three single ply's sitting there resting before the plying step. I am hopeful to see how that turns out. It will be a bigger gauge yarn than I normally do. It's a New Zealand hybrid wool of Merino and Correidale cross breeding. And though it is a wonderful yarn, this has been fun to work on the last two days.
It is a Tencel Merino mix from Huckleberry Knits. Yes, another one from her. What can I say, I love her stuff.
This is going to be a lace weight 2 ply when I am done. Once again, her dye work amazes me. It is just gorgeous and has such a luster from the tencel in it.

Anyway, I need to go feed the Guy some dinner here. Hope you all had a wonderful weekend.
And Good Night,


  1. loved all these pictures...especially the one with all the dogs...i know how tough it is just to get two dogs together. especially when one is blind and has separation issues. haha. i'm waiting for blossom to come in so i can go to bed...enjoy your fresh pretty!!

  2. Enjoyed the pictures at MWK and these, too. Thanks for sharing them. - Joe

  3. Love the snowy pics!! predicted 43" C tomorrow and I have mow acres of lawn...enjoy your white world!!