Tuesday, February 15, 2011

But first...a story

I'm posting this week's Wednesday Hodgepodge questions at the bottom of this post but before I do that I thought I'd share a little story. I know you are interested in every detail of my life so here is a little peek into something my kids will have zero trouble picturing.

I had an errand to run yesterday and as usual I let the dog out into the backyard before I left the house. Now, it might be 70+ degrees where you live but in my little corner of the world we still can't see the grass. Yesterday it got up into the 40's so the snow that has been frozen solid in our backyard since before Christmas is softening a bit...enough so that if you step on it now you fall thru to solid ground.
Well, almost.

And when you fall thru you are up to your kneecaps in snow but hey, it's a step in the right direction so we'll take it.

This is Daughter1 looking adorable last week in front of the nasty pile of snow plowed all the way up to the fence.
You can't see the fence because its behind that nasty pile of snow.
I dislike dirty snow and when I say snow mountain this is what I mean.
Up until yesterday this snow mountain was frozen so solid it felt like granite.

Anyway, I had my car running in the driveway and I called the dog but once she discovered that she was no longer slipping and sliding across the yard she decided to run all the way around to the far side of the house where I can't see her unless I walk around there too.
I was not dressed appropriately for traipsing thru deep snow so I just continued calling and calling and she pretended not to hear me and remained on the other side of the yard.

I was annoyed.
Did I need to say that?

We have a door in our garage that leads to the backyard so I stepped thru that door to see if I could coax her inside when all of a sudden a huge gust of wind came out of nowhere and slammed the door shut.
The door that is locked from inside the garage.

On the surface this is not a big deal.
I'm just in the backyard and my keys are in my car right over there.

On the other side of the fence.

The fence with five+ feet of snow piled high on either side.

Any other season of the year I'd just open the fence gate and let myself back out onto the driveway but in February 2011 those gates aren't going anywhere.

Oh bother.

I was left with no choice but to climb up onto the mountain of snow on the backside of the fence and then ever so gracefully hoist myself over the fence and onto the mountain of snow on the front side of the fence and then down onto the driveway.

And the reason I know the snow is no longer frozen as solid as a sheet of granite is because when I stepped onto the mountain I sunk all the way down to my thigh in the lovely white stuff.

While wearing dress pants.

And heels.

Spring cannot get here soon enough people!

Now onto this week's Hodgepodge questions....
I'll see you back here tomorrow (Wednesday) to share our answers via McLinky.

1. Your favorite chocolate treat?

2. What more than anything else makes you feel loved?

3. Cherries or blueberries?

4. What is the one trait you most want the leader of your country to posess?

5. Are you a saver or a spender?

6. If you gave a party for all of your friends would they already know each other?

7. Are you interested in antiques?

8. Insert your own random thought here.


  1. Oh Bless Your Heart! I know that was not supposed to be funny buy I have to confess it did make me laugh. I know you cannot wait for spring, but the sad thing is we probably have another month of winter.
    until next time... nel

  2. I feel your pain! I'm 5'6" and we have a snow pile that is taller than me! I can not image what it would be like to have to climb it and I'm sorry but I laughed out loud at your story!. To bad no one got a picture of you!

  3. Oh, my goodness, this makes me ashamed at all the griping I've done about our weather. I would have probably "blown a gasket." :o) Wishing you Springs arrival - SOON!

  4. Omg...this is not a laughing story this is a holy shit I would be freaking out and the dog would be dead story! So sorry hard to have a better day after that!

  5. But it makes SUCH a good story that it's almost worth it. If you're anything like me, as you were hoisting yourself over the fence you were already writing the post in your head. :)

  6. Oh my, while I'm SURE that you were not laughing at the time, I hope you're able to smile about it now ... after all, what perfect blog fodder, right? I'm with you on the dirty snow. Hope it melts soon!

  7. Just one question--is the dog still living? ;-)

  8. You write humor so well, I could picture the whole thing! I love your writing voice.

  9. I'm sorry this happened to you, but I have to say I am having so much fun trying to get a mental picture of it all. Thank you for a good laugh this morning. "See you" tomorrow for Hodgepodge.

  10. Oh dear. Bother is right! I've had to track down the dog more than once in slippers but never falling through snow banks.

    On the bright side... new shoes are in order, right?

  11. So funny!! I'm assuming you were not laughing at the time, though.

  12. You are a great story teller. I could picture the entire incident as I was reading it! LOL Those darn pesky pets--and the things they put us throuh :)

  13. I feel you rpain because that is just exactly the kind of thing that would happen to me! And like Mindee, I would probably be writing the blogpost with one part of my brain while I fussed and fumed with another. : )

  14. Is the dog still alive? LOL! You told that story really well and having grown up in Maine I can totally relate! Snow drifts were my nemesis walking back and forth between school and home because it felt like they were just waiting to eat you alive! :)

    I may join you for your Hodgepodge! I LOVE that sort of post!

  15. Oh Joyce I am sorry but I had to laugh out loud at your story! I can just picture the language aimed at the dog as you "drifted" over the fence....!

    Thanks again for some fantastic questions this week.

  16. That's just horrible.....and hilarious!!!! I'm not laughing at you ~ Really!! I'm laughing WITH you :-D

  17. I'm LOL at the mental picture I have of you climbing the snow mountain over the fence! At least you got some good blog material out of it! ;D

  18. I cannot even begin to fathom what it would be like to have that kind of snow.

    BTW, I love yellow roses! My bridesmaids carried them, and my bouquet was white roses with yellow ones sprinkled throughout!

  19. OMG, that was not fun. So sorry you had to experience that. What happened with the dog?

  20. Too funny - only because it didn't happen to me. Although, I did need to save my little one today as he lost his shoe to the snow. I had to get a shovel to dig it out as it was about 2 feet down.

  21. Oh my goodness! Bless your heart!! This life of snow comes with challenges, yes?