Size Matters

Well, INCHES matter.

One inch, said the weather critters of the impending snow. Three if over 7500′ altitude (we’re just below 7000′).

Fifteen inches later…

Snow means a waterpack on the mountains, and good slow water soaking into the sucked-bone dry ground.

But so much snow all at once? On our gravel driveway and hilly dirt road, that equals “snowbound.”

I dug out the barn. I worked on the driveway.  I took ibuprofen!  I dug some more and helped a kid who got stuck at the corner in the family van.

I stared at the remaining snow blocking my car and said, “No.”

But!  I still got the mail from the rural community box.  I might not have 4WD, but the mailman does.  And I have four HOOF drive.

Duncan was somewhat excessively proud of himself and his patience while I leaned, jostled, and made aurgh noises, trying to manage the awkward angle of that flat, tray-type mail niche.

DuncanHorse: ONE of us is dignified.

But hey–we trundled right on past those those stuck cars we passed along the way.

Dart Beagle hasn’t seen snow–just the massive hailstorm from October (still undergoing repairs…).  So this All at Once deluge was of some surprise to him.

Dart's First Snow

I took lots more pictures, but the camera ate everything but this. Boo!



Which is a pretty convenient sequence when you think about it.

Connery Beagle: I love my dogloo.  You fool.  BAWH!

[Connery’s just being dramatic.  He spent most of the time inside.]

buried dogloos

The camera ate the pics before the entrances were tromped open. Boo!

So it’s a good thing I went out and took piccies of the wild Christmas trees two days before all this snow fell.

What, you don’t have wild Christmas trees? Around here we apparently grow them on the National Forest land.

wild Christmas tree

Yes, the sky was that blue.

PS And Sunday, because of the immediate warming trend and the strength of the mountain sun, we had…wait for it…THE MELT.  *splooge*  Like butter in a microwave.  Turns out there’s an awful lot of water in all that snow…

About Doranna

My books are SF/F, mystery, paranormal romance, and romantic suspense. My dogs are Beagles, my home is the Southwest, and the horse wants a cookie!
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11 Responses to Size Matters

  1. Elizabeth says:

    Love the pictures. Boo on camera eating other pictures.

    We have no snow. We have (and have had) no rain. We had The Flood in early September (after many months of dry) and then it was dry thereafter.

  2. Kristen B. says:

    Love the concept of picking up the mail from horseback! How awesome!

  3. Doranna says:

    Elizabeth–totally BOO! on the camera situation!

    I hope you get some gentle moisture soon…

    Kristen–Yes, I was quite chuffed with self. ;>

  4. Hooray! I’m so thrilled you delivered with the pic. LOVE seeing that!

  5. BlogPatty says:

    And there were busted barn gutters since the snow did the fast melt and amoeba-ed over the snow catchers and munched them (following replacement in Oct after the hail punched big holes in them). + Fast melt = a whole slew of mud. Fortunately (?) we also had wind BIG wind which is helping to suck the moisture out of the mud…..!

  6. Doranna says:

    Oh, MAN! Munched barn gutters! I have to admit, I was a little concerned about the house gutters, but then…they haven’t been replaced yet. I think our roof there is shallower for the most part.

    The wind has definitely been of use this time around.

  7. Crysta says:

    We’ve had snow here, but not like THAT.

    Also, the picture of Dart going “WTF is this crap?” at the snow is adorable! 😀

  8. Doranna says:

    Crysta, it’s been so dry here that it’s hard to begrudge the moisture, but wow…when it comes down that hard/fast, there’s no chance to keep up with it! And then when it melts just as fast…

    Tsk. There must be a better way.

    (Dart eventually decided the snow was fun to blast around in, but not until it shrunk down enough for him to have a fighting chance against it! Belle was doomed. She can motor on through a light snow, but not that heavy stuff taller than she is.)

  9. Peggy says:

    The pic of the dogloos look like the start of a book cover

  10. Doranna says:

    Oh, gosh, you just never know, do you?

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