Every day, Scooter and I walk around the block regardless of weather. Our block is seven miles around and it is a rare day we stay home.
Today is one of those days.
Scooter does not understand.
My wife thinks it is a great day to be outside too. She wants me to dig out the camper, so we can head for Port Aransas, Tx.
Just getting to the snowblower means digging through four foot drifts.
Our road didn’t look too bad. Until we encountered a six foot drift.
At least the sun is shining, but don’t be fooled. The wind is gusting up to 40 mph dropping the windchill to -15°F.
More winter scenes
It might be a good time to knock down the hornet nest in the milk house. I doubt they will be out and about but I am not sure I want to climb over drifts to get there.
And here are sun dogs from earlier this winter – just because.
Update: No one is going to work this morning. MNDOT has locked the blizzard gates and piled up snow to block the entrance ramps to I-90 and I-35 in our region. It is strictly no-go. The National Guard has been called up to rescue stranded drivers and assist in 911 calls.
58 thoughts on “Not Today, Scooter”
So happy to meet Scooter! 🙂 By now all that white stuff has gone, I imagine.
It is only half gone. The snow banks stand like white islands in sea of brown grass. We don’t expect to see open water in our pond for another two weeks and the ditches will be clogged with snow until late April. In June, it will not be unusual to find snow and ice on north facing cliffs.
A friend of mine works for the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MNDOT). Every year they have a contest to guess the date when the mound of snow created by the plows in their parking lot will be finally gone. This year, the money is on July.
Amazing! I must admit in my old age I prefer green Sydney and never too cold all year round.
Here’s hoping Scooter finds a nice spot he likes real close to the back door. Stay safe, and next year dig the trailer out ‘before’ it snows this much. 🙂
Scooter had a nice bed in the shed. I built a frame that holds two bales of straw and he curls up there with the barn cats. When it got really cold two weeks ago -70°F windchill, I brought him inside, but it was too warm for him and he wanted back our.
LOL You and that hornet’s nest! Hahaha. And oh my stay warm! (that sun dog picture is amazing)
A big green tractor with a plow came down our road. Yipee, we can walk and the temperature is all the way up to 5°.
Break your shorts out! Lol
Be safe, Greg. Hope the drifts subside.
Looking out at the 15 day forecast, I don’t see anything above freezing. It is going to be spring that don’t look too much like spring. The farmers are grumbling about a late planting….sure wouldn’t want to be one of them with crops still in the field. There is a bit of that.
Despite what Scooter thinks, it is definitely a day to stay inside! I’m sorry your trip is being postponed, but hopefully it will either melt off or the highways will be cleared in a few days. Dang, that’s a snow storm….I hope the people stranded in their cars are rescued quickly.
MNDOT says it will take over a week to clear the freeways, shoulder to shoulder. For now, it is one lane in each direction. Yesterday, a National Guard tracked vehicle got stuck in Southeast Minnesota. Glad I don’t have to help free that thing.
Northern Maine has had record snowfalls this winter, but where I live in eastern Maine, almost every storm has been ‘mixed precipitation.’ We have scraped and shoveled more ice this winter than snow! I think you’ve made a good decision to stay put today with Scooter.
Snow is preferable to ‘mixed precipitation’, especially if you are driving.
OK, that’s bad. Reminds me of winters growing up on the southwestern Minnesota prairie.
Tie a rope around your waist and to the house door if you venture to the milkhouse to deal with that hornet’s nest.
Hey, let’s get modern. Only precise GPS coordinates of both the milk house and the front door are required. No need for a rope – but good batteries are essential.
Snow is so much nicer in photos than it is in reality, isn’t it? Stay warm. Nice pics.
Yeah, I wish it was one of those 95°F August days with a 95% humidity, so I could look at the snow with fondness.
Drifts are beautiful… from inside a warm house. Don’t blame you for not wanting to go out. We were due for some snow but ended up with sleet instead. Cold winds are coming in tonight though.
I heard that it snowed in LA and Flagstaff got three feet of snow.
I know! Crazy weather lately…
Now that is what I call snow. I’m perfectly happy to take our weather in Uk at the moment. As another of your followers said, thank goodness for the Gulf Stream.
From your photos of spring in Sussex, I wish I was there, not here.
Brrr. Minnesotans are a hardy lot. Guess that’s why I’m not one anymore. Be safe.
You are where you ought to be, especially today. -5°F with a 20 mph wind.
Wow that’s sooo beautiful!
I had to look up sun dog. Interesting.
Sundogs and northern lights are something everyone should see at least once.
Oh, my. There’s just nothing to say, except that I wish you an early spring. Let’s see — what would that be? Maybe temperatures slightly above freezing and a slow melt? Never mind the hornets. They flew to Port A and are happily buzzing around the spilled Margaritas.
What I wouldn’t give to be buzzing around a Margarita right now.
Crazy dogs. Sterling should have been a musher. After his walk – which he does bounding through the deepest parts of the snow – he lies down in a snow pile in front of the garage. Dog bed? I don’t need no stinkin’ dog bed!
I once tried to bring Scooter in on a bitterly cold day, he couldn’t wait to get back out. It was too warm for him inside. I made him a 3’X4′ wooden frame and filled it with straw. He loves that.
That’s just crazy! I won’t be complaining about our winter this year!
With all this snow, it is going to be a long, long winter. Probably late April until the last of it is gone.
Wow, Greg. You should dig out that camper and come on down. The sun is out and 65 degrees.
I can almost hear the cry of gulls.
They are here. 😊
As I read this the sun is lifting on a predicted mid 30sC day, so I’ll send you some of that warmth and pretend I’ve a snowball in my hands.
Dogs are insane when it comes to walks.
30°C sounds so nice. During times like this, it is comforting to recall our days in Queensland.
It is going to take my neighbor’s skid loader.
I just got pictures from my brother’s neighbor in Iowa. My brother is spending a few weeks in FL. Looks like he picked a good time to go. I think Scooter can stay home today.
Could not think of a better time to be in Florida!
What a way to think about the cold – lovely, and at the same time so depressingly cold!
We in Great Britain have an awful lot to thank the Gulf Stream for, today was a lovely sunny day almost warm!
Oh my, that’s a lot of snow! I think you should just stay inside… except maybe for that hornet’s nest. 🙂 Beautiful photos even though they make my back hurt and toes cold just looking at them.
I might go for a short walk with.Scooter later in the day. He loves the snow and we will definitely not be out tomorrow, the windchill is predicted to hit -50°F. Even going full Carhartt, that’s too cold for me.
Brrr. Dress warm when you venture out!
How so nice!
It is nice to look at and nice to be out in for 15 minutes…but that’s it. 🙂 🙂
That is true:)
Minnesota today: beautiful, but deadly.
I’m delaying getting out the snowblower for the driveway, until the wind dies down. Don’t have to be anywhere today, and not sure where (the hell!) I’d put the snow, anyhow. Drifts higher than I’ve ever seen ’em in my 20 years here.
Remember that -70°F night of January 29th? Julie and I were driving home and bottomed out on a snowdrift a half mile up the road. We have a four-wheel drive truck but that didn’t help at all. I froze my earlobes walking 100 yards to a neighbor’s house for help. Our neighbors pulled us out, but it could have been deadly.
This sure is pretty. Pass me the hot chocolate as you take Scooter outside….
It is pretty and Scooter loves leaping through the snow – a lot more than I do.
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