I did a double-take this morning when I looked at this chair on the front porch; what in the world is that? Ok, it's not something I left on the chair it's just snow melting in strips, that's all.
Wednesday was another truly random day complete with more random snowflakes, which added up to another four inches of fluffiness on top of the hard-packed snowbanks already in place.
|Door shedding it's skin?
I didn't even try to shovel out the service door of the garage because the snow is up to the doorknob. I found it very interesting to see the way the snow is peeling off the door, though.
One more storm and I will be able to easily step over my washlines behind the garage. I was feeling like Gulliver today, towering over the chicken coop, even though I was up to my hips in snow when I took this picture.
I'm running out of room to shovel the snow away from the door, so I'll have to come up with a better plan and fast. The four foot fence post is still sticking out a bit, for now, anyway. I left the coop door open for awhile this morning so the Girls could have some fresh air and light for a change.
Temps were in the 20's this morning, so after checking on the hens I took advantage of the warmer weather and headed out skiing for an hour or so. Things were fine until the sun came out mid-trip. Almost immediately the new fluffy snow turned into marshmallow snow, building up on the bottom of my skis and bringing my already not very fast forward motion to a crawl. Soon I had over a three inch layer of snow built up the entire length of the skis, which is incredibly heavy and wobbly to balance on.
There's nothing for it, the skis have to come off so I can scrape them down. Releasing my right foot from the binding, I tried to balance on the left ski while bending from the waist to pick up the right ski. Of course, at that point, I lost my balance and my right foot sank the full length in snow.
One thing I found interesting is how flexible I can be. Huh, wow, I marveled, looky there, my left kneecap is almost up to my ear. Who knew I was capable of this pose? (And yes, I'm already paying for it.) While I was stuck in this position, I vividly recalled another time something much worse happened.
Years ago I was walking down the road one night when the snowplow turned the corner and was barreling down our road toward me. I decided, heck, I'll just hop across the ditch to get out of the way. I was probably in my late 30's at the time, and capable of jumping a mere ditch with ease. I backed up and gave myself a running start and sailed over without a problem.
What I didn't realize, though, was how deep the snow was until I landed on the opposite bank. My right leg plunged down into the hard snowbank up to my crotch, stopping me dead. Since I had jumped with a lot of momentum, my body weight was still going forward, but, alas, my submerged leg wasn't moving at all. I think that's the closest I've ever come to breaking my femur.
The pain shot through my thigh almost immediately and I was in a real pickle. I managed to get out of the snow bank with a whole lot of effort and, yes, tears! and limped home where I had to explain my latest misfortune to Carl. In no time at all, my leg started to swell, rising up like bread dough, and it was a real chore to get my wet jeans off.
I was lucky, though, all I have to show for it thirty years later is an area of spider veins where the thigh bone had flexed the most, a constant reminder not to mess with snowbanks.
Back from Memory Lane and my current sticky situation, I was eventually able to get the skis de-marshmallowed and back on my feet and headed for some shady areas where the snow wasn't melting. I'm going to need to look into some wax for my skis, even though they are waxless, it would help.
It was a relief to get back to the house today. I didn't cover much ground, but at least I got some fresh air. I wasn't done with the snow yet, though. The chickens needed their door closed.
I skied over to the chicken coop to shut the Girls up for the night, but realized my skis wouldn't allow me to get anywhere near the door, so off they came again. After battling with the coop door, it was time once more to crawl back to the house. There was no way to put my skis back on in the deep snow, so I flung first one ski and then the other ahead of me, hoping to get them to land a good distance away. Which, of course, was a losing proposition. The dumb things just had to go sideways and bounce around, leaving me no choice but to crawl to where they landed.
I must be in need of psychiatric help, because after all that, I'm still looking forward to skiing tomorrow.
But, tomorrow will be different; Joel came to plow out our yard again tonight after work and brought me a pair of his snowshoes to wear, thank goodness! I look forward to remaining upright while filling the bird feeders for a change. (Stay tuned to see how I fare snowshoeing.)
As the saying goes, 'What doesn't kill us, makes us stronger.'
Or at least, a bit more cautious.