Wednesday, February 04, 2009

The suckiness of....oh, Hell with it.

Yesterday was a study in adventure.
My program began at 3:15. The good ol' weatherman said that we could get 1 to 3 inches of snow.
When my program ended at 4:20, that had been upgraded to 4 to 6 inches.
The program was only 12 minutes from RAPTOR. It took me a solid HOUR to get the birds back.

This particular snow was thick and fluffy like feathers. Very pretty as it fell silently. Onto the old snow and ice from last week.

Sylvester disapproved of the forecast.
Sylvester disapproves of snow
Click on the photo....that dusting of snow on his big sweet head just does me in.

By the time I had redeposited all the birds in their mews (and almost ending up on my ass while holding Priscilla), the forecast had been upgraded to 6 to 8 inches.
My trip home usually lasts about 30 minutes. Last night, it took 3 hours.
One of the local radio stations was taking requests from people stuck out in the mess on the highways. Someone requested a good one:

I didn't get above 9 miles an hour. For 3 hours.

This morning, with my good humor restored, we were able to go out and enjoy all the annoying loveliness:

Isabelle and the picnic table
That's a foot of snow on the table behind Isabelle.

Lorelei snow
Lorelei enjoyed herself, until......
snow in the face
...while making a snow angel, Nellie went in for a kiss and pushed a quart of snow into her face. That was that for Lorelei.

What is it about snow that makes dogs go out of their minds?
Call of the wild
"Let's play, Nellie! RRrrrrrrrrr!"

Hooper's a big dog. The snow was hitting his shoulders:
Hooper up to his chest

It did my heart good to see Nellie romp and frolic like she was a puppy, instead of a geezer 8 year old:

The pictures don't do it justice. It was a yard full of diamonds.

And now....the goofiest pic I got today:

Goofy Hoopie Grin
Hooper in full "Snow Gritties" mode.


Kallen305 said...

LOL Susan!!!! Your dogs have the funniest expressions I have ever seen. The last picture is priceless.

Love the owl picture too. Your song was very appropriate for driving last night. ;o)

Spring can't come soon enough for me at this point. I hate it all!

Lynne said...

LOL! It looks like you morphed that picture of Hooper to make him
w i d e.

You really need to get some Yaktrax.

"Life is a Highway..."
a good song for stuck in traffic.

Julie Zickefoose said...

Life is a Highway
I'm gonna rot here ALL NIGHT LONG!

Glad you got home, brave girl. I love your doggeh photos, and poor Lorelei with the faceful of snow!

Man, you guys got klobbered. Sympathies. Hey, at least you still have power!!

NCmountainwoman said...

Great post and adventure (now that it's over). I can't imagine driving with the raptors in that mess, fearful that some idiot will slide into you. Glad everyone is safe and sound.

RuthieJ said...

Holy Crap, Susan, that's a lot of snow--even by Minnesota standards.
Our long-range forecast is calling for above-freezing temps EVERY DAY next week.....hang in there, we'll be sending it your way to melt all that snow and leftover ice.

dguzman said...

Love the puppeh expressions, though Hooper would scare the poop out of me.

KGMom said...

Susan--looks like everyone had some version of fun--except you. 3 hours for a 30 minute trip. You're right--that sucks.
Love the doggie wild-eye expression. Vampire dog.

Mary said...

Was it coincidence that "Life is a Highway" played while you videotaped your 9 mph drive on icey roads? You actually videotaped while driving on ice? Susan!

Ok, I esp. cackled at poor Lorelei! LOL!

You're a good Mom. Enjoying another snow day to the max with the dogs and kids.


Cindie U. said...

I work in Oxford and live 8 miles from there. It took me 55 minutes to get home that night...wasn't it crazy??

Kyle said...

Wow, it's nice to see the fun side of snow after all the nightmare scenes we've watched on the news over the last couple of weeks. (I won't mention how warm it is in Houston today, though. Just might spoil the good humor...) ;-)

Stay warm, and keep having fun!