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Thursday, 17 December 2015

Santa has Sent Us Some Spirit!

Remember that rare & wonderful winter that, just 10 days ago, I was riding along in on a daily basis? & wearing just my jeans, a sweatshirt & a vest no less.
Whelp, that's all over now.
WINTER arrived in the True North Strong & Free yesterday.
 Tiny flakes you could barely see started to fall just around dawn; the flakes got bigger, & thicker, & Mr Shoes had to bust out the plow. He cleaned the barnyard, then the drive & the lane. Then he plowed the gravel mile out to the market road so that Boot could get to work last night; we are one of only 2 places on a 2 mile stretch of road so the grader doesn't get around to us til last. At each end of the 2 miles stretch is a market road that the graders must always try to keep clear before starting on any of the cross roads.
The 4Shoes is in 4 wheel drive country, yo. Serious. 
So pretty right? But a little bit Bah Humbug too.
 Boot arrived home this morning to report that the highway had been 'gnarly going' last night & that the grader is out now but it had blocked access to our road with a huge ridge of snow. He had to go up another 2 miles to find a place wide enough to turn around, then backtrack out to the highway, go up that way a piece & turn onto another market road to access our road from the other side; it was a fight all the way for his little car to power through the drifts, but he made it & only had to go 9 miles out of his way to get home. Phew.
Guess Mr Shoes will be out on the plow again today - this time clearing all 2 miles of RM road.
Don't feel sorry for him; like most boys, at least the first few times he 'gets to' drive his plow each year he is almost gleeful. Coffee in hand & a toque set jauntily back on his head, he heads out to the shop with a goofy smile on his face.
God love him, because I surely do.
It's a good thing I just laundered Manic's clothes because that crazy little bitch* thought it was cold a week ago.  *It's not swearing when it's a technical term.
Now we're really getting into the Christmas spirit alright!


  1. We got a ton of snow here, too, and it has pUT a halt to my riding as well. :( On the bright side, I'm getting ready for Christmas and spending time with my kids. My husband was also excited to get the tractor out and plow. Keeps them young and healthy! Oh, last night our community theater performed White Christmas. It was perfect! They had the whole audience sing a long. :)

    1. Yes, though we're into 'no riding' weather just now, it is good timing so far as concentrating more on the holidays. I have seen a brown Christmas or 2 in my day - I have to say that I do prefer them white.


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