punxsutawney wasn’t kidding……

punxsutawney wasn't kidding......

punxsutawney wasn't kidding......

punxsutawney wasn't kidding......

punxsutawney wasn't kidding......

punxsutawney wasn't kidding......

punxsutawney wasn't kidding......

punxsutawney wasn't kidding......

punxsutawney wasn't kidding......

punxsutawney wasn't kidding......

punxsutawney wasn't kidding......

punxsutawney wasn't kidding......

punxsutawney wasn't kidding......

punxsutawney wasn't kidding......

Joe was in NY with the little kids when that pesky groundhog predicted 6 more weeks of winter. So far, Punxsutawney Phil has been right. We've gotten at least six inches of snow every week since. The weather is calling for warm days through the weekend. Up into the 50's. And guess what on Monday? 31 degrees and snow showers. Oh boy! As a random side note, when Sam was about 3 he learned about Punxsatawney Phil (pronounced pux-a-tawn-y), and he reversed the beginning sounds on the two words. Resulting in a rather surprisingly named groundhog, said with an incredibly cute 3 year old lisp. My sister-in-law still laughs about that story. I think she may have encouraged him to tell Grandma about Phil too….. Grandma also thought it was great, of course. 

Back to the snow though. We've had a lot of fun in it. Snowball fights, snowmen, snowshoeing. Notice how Luke takes his snowshoes off in the second to last photo…. he slips his boots off with the snowshoes still strapped onto them. So funny. My arms have gotten a workout from the shoveling. I actually really enjoy shoveling snow. Crazy, right? But I really do. Joe & I tend to shovel every few hours…. instead of waiting until we're buried we do "damage control" during the storm. One of the most peaceful sounds in the universe is shoveling snow at 11 pm on a Saturday night. I'm serious…. everything is so quiet. You can hear the snowflakes land if they're the really big ones. It's magic. 

We took Maggie for her first snowshoe trip and she was unleashed the entire time. She listened so well. Heel, leave it, the works. I usually bring a training collar (it beeps if she gets too far ahead). But the batteries were dead so we just went without it. While I'd love to think the time I've spent training her has something to do with it (thank you Cesar). The truth is, I'm just lucky. She's such a sweet eager to please dog. She stayed right with us & even resisted the urge to follow fresh deer tracks into the woods. Have I told you I love this dog? I mean seriously, I love her. 

Out in the field her hound nose got the best of her. She could not resist rooting in the snow, full head buried, to sniff our some sort of rodent. She favors moles here at the house. I've no idea what she was after in the field (she still listened and stayed close) but she was hilarious to watch as she rooted and snuffled through it. I've never had a dog so led by her nose. We have no idea what she is for sure, but there is definitely some hound blood in there. What a funny girl….

I guess that's all for tonight. Today was one of those insane days. Sophie started violin/fiddle lessons, we made a trek to the feed store, grocery store, 4H, writing club, picked two teenagers up from friends houses, and Joe has the big girl out tonight at an open mic at a local music store. I was beat by the end of the day. I served everyone salads loaded with tomatoes, cheese, & olives and fresh irish soda bread & butter for dinner. Easy. Cheap. Guilt free. 

The little two begged for Harry Potter 2 at the library and they just started it. This means for the next hour it is just me, a splash of bourbon, the fire, and some knitting. Pretty much the perfect way to end this busy day…..

xo~

s

ps ~ some fun for you knitters. that is one well traveled hat above. knit in louisiana three years ago (oh my!), snowshoeing in alaska, and now a brief snowman hat in massachusetts…..

 

 

14 thoughts on “punxsutawney wasn’t kidding……

  1. I enjoyed all of your beautiful snow photos. While we had a colder than usual winter this week it would seem that spring arrived, at least on the coast of SC.
    Have a beautiful and fun weekend.

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  2. what a dream-dog! do you have any recommendations for dog-learning help? we have a great pyrenees/aussie mix and she knows the basics, but if she gets outside un-leashed she bolts and it’s nearly impossible to get her back. the last time it happened i was chasing her through the backyard gardens of houses two streets up from us…at 6:30 am. i would love some suggestions of books!

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  3. Sounds like a lovely way to end the day, we had a similarly crazy day and another one today 😦 I ended my day yesterday with a Fat Tire, some take-out Thai, knitting (of course) and even got a shower in before bed (with a 7 month old and a 2 and a half year old that isn’t always a given)!

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  4. Fat tire & Thai sounds perfect!! And I totally understand the shower thing….. I still get people shouting through the door at me and I'm only in there for approximately 8 minutes. Crazy kids.

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  5. The one I linked to in the post is here :: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0307461300/gypsfore-20 It's my favorite! I do use a training collar. Some people are opposed, but I feel that if you use them properly they can make all the difference. Of course…. I am lucky. I think most of it is just her personality 🙂 That being said, I have totally been you! (chasing the dog down the street!!) The stray we took in before Maggie was a runner. She got better with time, but darn if I did not carry that 70 pound dog home more than once. I'd finally catch her and then she would just lay down and refuse to move! I called her the jellyfish. It's funny now, but I was sure mad then!

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  6. Wow, you have a lot of snow! We live in Colorado and we are experiencing the wierdest winter EVER. Our yard is starting to turn green. I think Phil was wrong for us in the west!

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  7. Okay, I freely admit encouraging the little one to retell the groundhog story… I remember his suggestion if ‘Puxatawney’ (I don’t know if that is spelled right) was to hard to say, you can call him ‘Pux’ for short….

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