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Monday, January 22, 2007


Yes, its the first snow we've gotten all winter (I'm not counting the 8 snowflakes that fell one night in December - if I hadn't had to take Finn outside right at that moment, I'd have missed them) and its the first snow day all winter. We only got a little more than an inch, but we had freezing rain fall on top of the snow for a bit. I have finished the first bobbin of Frostrosen singles and its such a pretty, happy color for this cold day!
The birds even seem happy to see the snow. They were at the feeder all day yesterday, but I caught a couple of them actually playing in the snow instead of eating. It was pretty funny. We have a bunch of these Mourning Doves in the area and while I love the different colors they have in their feathers, I have to agree with Caleb's assessment of them: he calls them lump birds. They tend to come eat at the feeder in the morning and then in the afternoon they just sit there. Right in front of the feeder so unless other birds are pushy and brave (lump birds aren't aggressive, but they're one of the bigger birds that show up at our feeder), they can't eat. Caleb watched this for a while one afternoon and then told me, "Mommy, those birds sure are lumps!" The name fit, it stuck, and around our house, if you are a Mourning Dove, you are a Lump Bird.
Being the first snow of the winter, and being Finn's first winter, it was also Finn's first snow. It was funny to say the least. The first time I took him outside in it, he thought it was a bit cold on his feet so he pranced in it. He also noticed that it was fun to eat, so he ate a little of it. The second time I took him out in it, he gave up on the prancing and started hopping like an espresso drinking rabbit. Straight up in the air, all four feet, Boinggg! This was accompanied by the discovery that he could sink his nose into it, snarfle the snow and make a little doggy nose snow plow. Boing, snarfle, look at mom with snowy nose, boing, snarfle, look at mom with snowy nose, repeat. After being out in it several more times, he seems to be getting the hang of it and its only taking about 20 minutes to get him to go to the bathroom. If I don't blog tomorrow, please send a rescue team to come defrost the frozen Pink Lemon. I'll be the ice covered lump next to the bouncing, snow snarfling puppy. Oh, and make sure he goes to the bathroom before he comes back inside.

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Blogger Mel said...

Tee hee! I remember those puppy days and the first experience with snow well! Kinda like watchin' a kid experience it for the first time.

As for your first snow day, try 7 days of ice! This is the first day the kids went back to school here in OK after a week of being iced in. Talk about your cabin fever. As the Cowardly Lion said, "Mighty unusual weather we're having" this winter, ain't it?

10:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love it! Despite the fact that Jack is an old man at 9 years old, he turns into a bunny rabbit in the snow, as well. He absolutley loves the cold and snow and it always gives him a burst of energy. I guess Goldens morph the minute they step in the snow!


11:02 AM  
Anonymous PJ said...

Hmmmm...you brought back lovely memories of my golden. She was a great dog and it seems like goldens have many of the same qualities if I go by Finn's antics.
Enjoy him, I know I am enjoying him from afar.

1:03 PM  
Blogger Kris said...

Your Frostrosen singles are gorgeous. LOL at Finn's reaction to snow.

We have a golden retriever. I can only imagine what he would act like in the snow.

1:47 PM  
Blogger ~Sherie~ said...

Gorgeous colors on those Frostrosen singles! We got 8" of snow Saturday and it was great to stay in and spin and knit! My little girl won't even think of going out in the snow except in dire emergencies, but her brother loves it. The only problem is that with 8" of snow and a dog that only stands 9" high we just about lost him! LOL They are Shih Tzus.

4:44 PM  
Blogger Kary said...

Pretty singles Melanie! WhEEEE! Yay on Finn loving the snow ... we have yet to have very many flakes - but I am *still* hoping! (Thanks for the shredder link ... I would never have thought that!) HUGS!! And a million thank yous!

5:17 PM  
Blogger Emily said...

We don't have much snow over here, so last year we took the dog to a few days of snow in Germany. She was so cute in the snow! She loved it, would run around in it. She never had any problems with it, though she did make afew nice jumps too :D.

It's just cute to see them play outside!

4:35 AM  

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