Friday, December 25, 2009

Mohawk...Faux hawk...Snowhawk?

This is the only photo I was able to snap before the battery died. Already there were water spots on the lens, which you can see above. Anyway, I wanted to share this unique drift. It is hard to tell from this photo, but those peaks are maybe 1/4 inch thick. If you click to enlarge, you can see that they are almost translucent at the top. I wanted to fashion a tiny skier and place her on the drift for a photo, but the sharp peaks didn't last long once it started raining. Shoot, I could have had an avalanche photo! Tiny skier head first in the snow, all you can see are legs and skis sticking out!

We've had rain, sleet, snow, strong winds or a mix of it all since about Tuesday. I was out shoveling the drift by the gate, wanting to be able to at least get the gate open. When I opened the gate, there was a perfect grid of ice rectangles standing there, one and sometimes two rectangles high. The ice had come off the gate when I opened it. You'll have to use your imagination, I didn't have my camera and it was raining, but believe me it was cool! I stopped shoveling when the wind picked up and pelted me with ice sticks/chunks dropping from the trees. No matter, the rest of the driveway is impassable anyway because of the drifts.

Guess how I've been spending the time between shoveling and taking care of the animals? Spinning, sewing, dyeing, weaving and knitting. Imagine that! I got some books from the library when I knew I was going to be snowbound, but haven't even looked at them.

Hey, go have a glass of eggnog and hug someone, including your dog or cat or bunny or iguana.

7 comments:

Cindy said...

Have a great day. Hugs to your pups, etc. You can decide about the animals in the barn;-D

Mama Pea said...

Merry Christmas! I can think of a LOT worse places to be than snowbound at home. Sounds like your weather is much like ours. Our temp started out at 33.3° this morning but they say it will drop today. High winds knocking down trees in the woods. Don't need that. Hoping power lines don't go down. Would not be nice for most people on Christmas! We made the decision last night to postpone our Christmas at our daughter's (an hour away) until tomorrow because of the weather. Such is wintertime in Minnie-soda!

Marissa said...

Merry Christmas to you Annie! Stay warm!

Lona said...

Enjoy your fiber retreat... Merry Christmas!

Claire said...

I hugged a sheep...does that count?

Merry Christmas!

colleenmc said...

just read your blog, it's Monday after Christmas...I hope you're safe and warm and I will immediately take your advice and go hugs mom, cat, dog :)

sandy said...

my father inlaw in southern MN said the weather has pretty tough, especially to a thin-skinned Californian.. I can't imagine that ice thing you described - the housebound thing sounds cozy!