I stepped outside and the lack of sound was overpowering.
A flurry of compacted flakes blanketed the air as they slowly drifted out of a solid grey sky. Every piece of ground, branch and roof top was outlined and covered in piles of soft, feathery snow.
Uriah immediately threw himself onto the snow covered driveway and rolled and moaned. Then he jumped up and raced in a circle around me.
I grabbed the push shovel and cleared a four foot area in front of the garage door. Then I set the shovel back in the garage and looked around for Uriah. He had headed out towards the northeast tree line. He had set his nose into the snow, and started running. The snow piled over his head and back. Within a few seconds he was covered in white and looked like he was tunneling under the snow.
I glanced towards the barn, and decided the tractor could wait. I needed see how much damage happened between the ice storms, pouring rains and massive snow fall. While I walked around I could check the driveway.
I whistled for my dog and headed down the driveway to the west.
This snow was perfect for cross country skiing, soft and puffy. Lousy for building a snow man, it won’t hold together.
This morning, Kenshin, our half Siamese male, complained loudly until I brought in some snow for him. He grabbed the bowl with his front paws and pulled the snow onto the rug and floor. He ran around, sliding in it. I shook the snow onto his head. He was so excited; he turned in circles and then jumped up and tried to catch the flakes.
I had grabbed a handful of Kenshin’s snow, and rolled the snow over and over, in my hands, until it started to melt and formed a ball. My hands froze! When it was hard enough, I slid the snowball across the kitchen floor. Kenshin took off down the hallway after the ice ball. When I went to find him he was sitting on the snowball like a chicken on an egg. With a wide puffy cheeky grin, only he can make.
Now, I am walked along the east end of the driveway. The snow at this point, was only up to my ankles. I could see the deeper drifts along the bend.
I had only walked about thirty feet, when tuned towards the house. The closer I got to the house, the deeper the snow became, until it was knee high. The bushes, in front of the house, had at least a foot of snow perched on top. I used my ski pole to slide it across each one, cutting apart the snow.
I noticed Uriah nosing around the four, Blue Spruces near the southern fence. I stopped and tried to smell the cold air. The last time Uriah brought me over here he was bothering a skunk. I wasn’t falling for that again. I hesitated! Nothing, no skunk! I moved towards the trees.
The silence was heavy. Not even a bird.
I walked around the back of the trees. Uriah came with me. That’s when I saw the snow had accumulated along the southern side of the trees. I brushed off one of the lower branches, and gave one of the higher branches a little shake.
Then, I stepped back to check out the next tree. Uriah was noising under that one. He was sniffing at some rabbit tracks. Just as I came in close and reached up to shake the snow off a higher branch. Uriah dove underneath the tree. His movements vibrated through the trunk, and caused the snow, even higher up to loosen. An avalanche of snow tumbled down from those higher branches onto us both.
I was a snowwoman! Snow trickled down inside the collar of my coat, onto my bare neck.
Uriah was happy; he pranced and started rolling in the deep snow.
“I’m full of snow!” I growled.
Uriah ran at me and grabbed my pants leg and tried to trip me. When I laughed, he ran around me and tried again. I shook the snow off my hat at him.
I turned and looked up at the trees; the snow was heaver higher up. I decided if the wind picked up tonight all that soft snow will fall. If it doesn’t, I will come out tomorrow. Without Uriah and shake them off.
“Ok, Uriah! Where to now?”
Uriah barked and ran off towards the back path.
The snow became deeper the further away from the house we got. Uriah ran ahead, anticipating a walk in the far back. So, he hit the ice and water first. I watched as he stopped and slowly turned to look at me with an, “Ahhhw Shoot!” look on his furry face, just as his weight broke the ice under his paws. He only slipped into water a couple of inches deep, but it must have been cold.
“Come on Uriah, let’s walk this way.” I coaxed him out of the water and off the ice. When he walked up to me, I rubbed his face. Then I pushed him behind me and I walked forward to check the path. I could see ice under the snow stretching ahead into running water.
Uriah waited for me to whistle at him. Then he raced ahead, kicking up snow as he ran. I walked along the tree line, heading west, back to the house.
I focused my attention inside the trees. The standing water showed up as grey frozen patches, slightly hidden under the snow. Water flowed out towards the drainage pipe, which ran under the gravel driveway in front of the barn. The ice was grayish-green with pee-yellow streaks caught just under the surface. Frozen in place! The yellow looked like veins in a leaf.
I walked over the top of the drainage pipe, past the barn and in-between the mulberry bush.
The water trickled from the open pipe, on the west end of the barn. It flowed about twenty feet, until it froze solid! The top of the water had eight puffy, round snow mounds that resembled giant marshmallows. And three ovate shaped ones, which looked like they were pinched in the middle, then stretched out on the ends. The water was dark and clear; I could see the dark greens and assorted gold colors of the field grass under the water.
Uriah stood behind me, and whimpered he didn’t want his paws wet again.
“What’s wrong?” As I asked him, he turned and ran to the garage door. He had enough of the cold and wet.
I pulled at my collar and shook some snow out from under my jacket. “Ok, let’s go back in for a biscuit and coffee!”…
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