Monday, January 31, 2011

"Thar She Blows!"

I go from one extreme to another with my posting lately.  If it's not sleep apnea, it's snow removal and my exercise trails.  I probably get more exercise from making my exercise trails than I do from actually walking on them, but hey, it all counts, right? (Unless you're my 15-mile-a-day doctor, who would strongly disagree, but who cares about her.  Is she out in her Back Eight with a snow blower--ok, you're right, she probably shovels out her exercise trails by hand.)

Anyway, on Friday night we received another four inches of snow.  Joel had gone up to Mom's Saturday morning and plowed her yard out with the tractor, but was supposed to go ice fishing, so I told him not to worry about our yard, I'd handle it.  I love to play outside.  I don't care what the weather's like, just let me go.

So, I started in the driveway, and no, I did NOT know Carl was photojournaling my snow removal techniques...he is such a spy with that camera.

 After a half hour spent on the driveway, I was done...hmmmm....what about my trails?

 I had to redo my trails out to the chicken coop and then decided to go out to the lane and the Back Eight and the White Forest again.  Carl took these pictures out of our kitchen window (he's not that fond of the cold weather) so you can barely see the snow flying, but I'm out there and loving every minute of it. 

Once I was done with the old Snowblower Trail, I decided to veer off in new, exciting directions...headed past the Quarry Garden on the south side...and now I'm not loving the experience quite so much, the wind was switchy and I'm inhaling snow and trying not to fall down the staircase to the pond.
Oh, that's better, the wind switched again...doesn't seem to matter what I do with the blower direction adjustment, sometimes the snow is going to get me no matter what.

 Heading to the west side of the Quarry garden. but I had to turn around and come back because there's drifts in excess of 4' tall back there, so I guess that part of the trail is a cul de sac.

Carl had to move to the bathroom for these pictures....the worst part of our house is the best view of the back yard is from our potty!

Now turning around, and coming back west and heading for the bridge.  Arghhh, more white-out conditions.

Phew, I can see again!
Abominable Karen going over the bridge.
Coming out through the Thing Garden...Carl's taking these pictures from our bedroom window.

Thar she blows again.......on the other side of the Pachyberm.

Coming up on the front of the Carl is in the living room.
It was at this point I noticed my photographer.  Groan!  
Oh, well, almost to the driveway again.
Oh, how embarrassing, I still haven't taken down the Christmas decorations out front....ooooopsss....but any way, here I am back in the driveway....hmmmmmm..the trail could use a second going over.  
Same song, second verse, a little bit louder and a little bit worse.....going back from whence I came.
Poor Carl, having to run all over the house to take these pictures, at least he got some exercise, too. 
Coming back over the bridge again.
White tornado!  I'm in there yet, somewhere.  Yuck.
Trying for a breath of fresh air....phew!
Looking back, do I want to redo that part, too?  Nah.  Good enough.  Time to come in, I'm cold.

Screech-Approved Trails

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Drat, I can't do a THING with my hair.


Sall's Country Life said...

Ha,Ha, looks like fun. That is if your temps are warmer than ours! 1 degree here, I just can't stay out in it for very long, my hands freeze up!! Glad Karl got some exercise too, I think I'd prefer the photographer's job also! Glad Screech approves.

FlowerLady said...

What a great photo shoot! That looks like a lot of exercise to me.

Hugs ~ FlowerLady

Alison said...

What a great post, it's heartening to see you having such a good time out there in the snow! (Thanks, Carl!) I would be inside, I don't like the snow or the cold. You are so dedicated, to be working so hard to get your exercise.

Cute picture of Screech on the trail, but I really like that last photo. Oh, and the one of you with snow all over your head. You have such a good sense of humor! LOL

Alina said...

Oh, how I've missed you and your beautiful garden. Even buried under a foot+ of snow! And you're my inspiration with your energy level. Must try to attain that, someday. ;)

Gatsbys Gardens said...

Karen, that's how snowblower hair looks! You are getting a lot of exercise with that snowblower and also having fun. We are supposed to get up to two feet of snow on Wednesday, we'll see.


xoxoxo said...

Ha! Lovely! Time for some hot cocoa--maybe with a nip of shnaps in it :)

Darla said...

holy moly! I don't know how you can take all that cold!!!! What a great post...You gave poor Carl a workout too..

Granny Lyn's Garden said...

I agree, that did look like fun!! Love the do :)

Anonymous said...

Cute post, and it looks like you had a ball.

Tufa Girl said...

I wonder if snow is like smoke? It follows beauty? I can only wonder as we only see snow once a year -- and my husband luckily does not work the camera. It did look like fun.

Hocking Hills Gardener said...

Talk about a good soup and hot chocolate day. You can sure make the snow fly Karen. LOL! A bad hair day to boot. LOL! I think all that path cleaning was the same as a two day walk.

Tallulah's Antique Closet said...

Hi Karen, I can't belive all that snow! I think we will just watch it from hear. Thank You for the Birthday wishes. Have your self a warm week.....Ray

Rosemary said...

I think you should send these photos to the Dr. Wow can't believe all the snow you moved...

Zoey said...

OMG, I am just shivering (and giggling) as I look at all that snow in your hair!

At first I thought it looked like it would be fun to do, but after seeing how cold you must have been.........BRRRRRRRRR. I'd rather stay inside. I am such a wimp when it comes to winter weather.

Iowa Gardening Woman said...

Your garden is beautiful in the winter, I bet it is outstanding in the summer, we are getting hit with yet anothe blizzard here in Iowa.

Jennifer@threedogsinagarden said...

I am sorry, but I had to laugh when I saw the funny picture of you with your hair covered in snow. We are expecting a big storm here and so I bet I might be getting a bit snow covered myself when I shovel the driveway tomorrow !

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