Life On and Off an Acreage

In-sights into moving from an Acreage back to Town, plus a few things I find of interest.

Two things that horses are scared about:

1. Things that move
2. Things that don't move

January 30, 2011

Out Side Sunday

After 2 days of high temperatures, +8C (+46F) and +10C (+50F) the snow pack shrunk by about half. The new snowblower now has about 5 gallons of gas through it and our narrow, one lane road is back to three lanes, including the ditches. All the big snow drifts along the walks are now cleared away and the paths to the chicken coop and horse area are now cleared. It's a lot easier with a snow blower! Brooklynn is generally content in sitting still and watching the activities.
The temperature dropped back to -22C (-6F) this morning, so after church I decided to strap on the old snow shoes and go see what trees got knocked down in the wind. There were a few small ones, but nothing major. My shoes are Ojibway bush shoes which I have had for about 50 years. Some of the babiche is getting worn so I guess this summer I had better restring parts of them.

I stayed up very well, but Brooklynn had a tough time. She was basically belly dragging for about a half mile and did not want to get off my trail. Before the warm days, there were only 2 wires showing on the fence which gives an idea how fast the snow will compact.
Boots on the other hand could stay on top. That's him in the distance sort of laughing at Brooklynn.
This was my "nothing" weekend. Saturday, I fed the critters and did nothing. Today, I went to church, shoveled the walks and did nothing. I did snooze a bit on both days, watched a movie with Elaine and Camryn and did a lot of nothing. It felt good!
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Chai Chai said...

A chance to recharge and enjoy the day, inside and out? Sounds like a productive weekend to me.

texwisgirl said...

That's what weekends are for!!! Still sounds like you did plenty in my book! Your Brooklyn is just beautiful! And your snowshoes look great!

Farmchick said...

Nothing can really be a good thing. Poor Brooklyn!


I love the photos! :-)

Sometimes it's OK to just feed the critters and do nothing. I consider myself as a professional type "A" do nothing Old Geezer. And the only critter I like to feed is ME! Unless you count my grandkids as critters? But I think of them more as garbage disposals than critters! Man can they eat! :-)

Child of God said...

I love your snowshoes! I really enjoying snowshoeing but mine are from Canadian Tire, lightweight narrower and longer.

Winter snow and winds always knock down the trees and along with that the fences. We are in the mountains, so it is tough to fix those fences on the hillside. :) No four or three wheeler for us just plain ol man, or in my case, female power.

God bless your rest.

Kim said...

You sure have temperature swings there. +10 must have felt tropical!

Gail said...

Nothing is good, but sounds like nothing still had some work involved.

Gregg said...

What beauty our God has created and given to us to enjoy for His glory!

Cathy M. said...

Too bad they don't have snow shoes or mukluks for dogs... (maybe they do?) Sounds like a great weekend. Sunday was high 50s here. I saw a convertible with the top down, but I'll bet they didn't go far or fast.

What will the groundhog say on Wednesday? We'll see.

Karen said...

After all that snow walking, I'd just want to do nothing, too.

luckybunny said...

I just found your blog and have been really enjoying it! We've been through Whitecourt several times. Here in Ontario we've been getting hit with some cold too, but eventually it has to stop so the sap can start running! Great pictures on your blog!

LibbyLibbyLibbyLibbyLibby said...

I suddenly feel cold. :)

Starry Dawn said...

Hello Ian,
Poor Brooklyn, he is struggling walking in the snow with his buried belly. Oh, dear!! I pray that God will give you all a warmer weather soon. I love your dogs, and all your animals, Ian. Take good care of yourself, your dear family, and your dear animals.
God be with all of you at all times protecting you all with His mighty power, Ian.
God may bless you all!!
Please, keep warm, and tell your dogs to stay away from the kick of your horses.
I am a Christian caring lady with a compassionate heart for others, you know.
I am glad to know that all of you are doing fine. All the Best,