Thursday, December 23, 2004

Snowbound.....

I wanted a white Christmas.  I wished for snow.  Boy, did I get it.    Be careful what you wish for.....  

Indiana is now under a snow emergency and called in the National Guard to start digging us out.  Mom and I shoveled a path through the 12-18" snow to get her car out this morning.  There are drifts more than 3' tall now. 

It wasn't cold out today.... that comes tonight and tomorrow.  We're talking a high of 7 degrees (Fahrenheit for all my non-American readers).  

I have no idea how people who make it over here for Christmas Eve are going to get in (or out) of the driveway.  :::wishing for a snow blower:::  Not looking forward to shoveling in the cold......  

Dad took Gracie out to refill the bird feeders (we have a red-headed woodpecker this year!!!) and she had a ball being a dog in the snow.    

I had her thermals on under some thin pants and sweats on top of that, two shirts, two pairs of socks, and of course her outside wear.... because I knew from yesterday the girl refuses to stand in the snow.   

I had to catch her before she jumped off the wall because she wanted to bounce in the snow below..... I tried explaining that snow doesn't make for good bouncing.... well, maybe only once  :)  

So when he took her out today (she wanted to build a snowman, but its not packing snow...its light and fluffy, blowy snow) in the back, I watched from the kitchen windows as she crawled..on all fours.. the whole time they were out there, getting mouthfuls of snow as she made her way through.   

Gracie is 38" tall and standing, the snow came up to her chest... I have no idea how she managed to get through on hands and knees.  It looks like we have a bunch of huge moles tunneling through the yard.....  But oh well, she loves it.   

She came inside all red-cheeked and snotty with a bucket full of snow, so I wiped her nose, stripped off the top layer and felt if the second was wet.  It wasn't, so I sat her on the couch under the electric blanket and made some hot cocoa from the back of the Hershey's Cocoa box (I love this stuff!).   

While she was sipping on that, I made her a grilled cheese and chicken noodle soup for lunch and warmth.  Her bucket O' snow is on the back porch..she only had to check it every 3 minutes.....to make sure it didn't melt.  

I forgot how much playing in snow can tire you out.  She was ready for bed at 6 pm tonight.  I was ready for her to go, too ;)  She had a good day.....  

Merry Christmas Eve Eve to all you guys.....  

Cat

6 comments:

emeraldcalf said...

You are the second person who said "Christmas Eve Eve today. I love it!! I said something last night about it being eve eve and my husband thought I was weird.

Anyway...
Wow that is a lot of snow. I can't remember the last time it snowed that much when I was living there. My kids would have a ball. Sounds like Gracie did!

Merry Christmas!!

~Heather

thelovetrain said...

I want to be a snow mole too... Yay, snow moles!

~Furry 'B'

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delela1 said...

Awww. warm fuzzy snow memories for Mom!  With hot cocoa, too!  The best kind of all.  Sounds like a truly wonderful day...  :)

redbaranjj said...

Awww, sounds like she had the perfect day!!  :)  We missed that storm...it went right around us...  :::sigh:::  send some up here for just Christmas okay?  LOL
*hugs*

sarajanesmiles said...

That's so cute - Gracie wanting to bounce in the snow :o)
We NEVER get snow like that here, am sure that if we did I'd be wanting to bounce in it too, but only if you would make me a grilled cheese and chicken noodle soup while I thawed under an electric blanket sipping hot cocoa - sounds perfect!
Sara   x

swebb1989 said...

Oh you poor dears, watching you guys on the CNN while I have my screen door open taken in the fresh California breeze. What a shame! Well that is why it cost you $800,000 for a 2 bedroom house here. Enjoy the snow. Where the hell does all that water go when it melts?