I just ran in for a minute to let you know that the snow has been plentiful in my woods. Once it started, it would not stop! The temps were below zero for more than a week…..I am so glad to find that shedding is reversible! I make a polar bear look underdressed right now! This weather is great and has felt like an early Christmas! My friends were all huddled indoors, but I have been outside so much that I haven’t had any time to write. I made some snow men so I could have company. Got to go!
Let the snowy adventure continue!
I heard someone say that we were having an Indian Summer. Oh no, I thought, not another season between me and Winter. Turns out it’s just a fancy way of talking about the warmth we have been having. Phew! That was a close one.
Let the Indian Summer adventure begin!
I did it! I survived summer. I did not burst into flames or turn into a melted puddle of fur and bones because of the heat. I did not get eaten alive by mosquitoes (which at times felt like a sure possibility). I didn’t die of boredom as I waited for those long days full of sunlight to pass. And here I am, one season closer to that magical time of year – winter! I can almost feel the snow now!
I love Fall in my woods because there is always that delightful reality that it very well may snow sooner than you think. I have seen snow in October in my woods before. The hope is so very real that I can almost taste it! I can feel it in my bones – that’s figuratively speaking, of course, since I am not nearly as old as Lucy the black lab who literally feels the promise of snow in her bones as they ache and creak with the change in weather.
Oh, we are just that much closer. I will begin my vigil now; I will watch the sky for that first snowflake.
Let the Fall adventure begin!
I was sitting out in the yard last night watching the stars and enjoying the full moon. That’s when I got a brilliant idea. Let’s just say, I was inspired! I theorized that singing Christmas carols would somehow speed time up and make winter arrive sooner. It works in the beginning of November for those “early bird Christmas carol” people (you know the ones, the people who have carols going while their jack-o-lantern is still fresh; the same people who put out Valentine’s candy in the stores when we should be after-Christmas shopping!)!
So I sat straight up and in true form, I tipped my head back and began to sing. I began with the first thing that came to mind which was “It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas.” The words were hopeful on my lips. I paused and looked around. I even felt the air temperature. No change. Time to try another song. I began with the sweet lilting line, “silent night….” when my friendly neighbor, Lucy the black lab, showed up and exclaimed “no, it isn’t!” Oops. At least most ideas seem brilliant at first. It was worth a shot!
Let the adventure begin!
I ran into Jughead in the woods today….literally. He said he saw me coming, but I could’ve sworn his eyes were closed even after I bumped into him. He says he gets that a lot on account of his droopy eyes. I was looking to the sky so I most certainly did not see him there. I was trying to watch the cloud patterns; wondering if they showed any sign of the change of seasons. When I explained what I was doing to Jughead, he assured me that changes were happening….he could smell it! That’s the best news I have heard in a long time. He says that the smell of the air changes as nature goes through the process of slowing down for winter. The changes are subtle, he explained, but he assured me that he could smell them. Encouraged by the news, I tried sniffing the wind (I am a dog after all). I wound up hyperventilating! I don’t know exactly what he smells in the air, but I am so glad to hear it!
Let the changes begin!
I saw a bumper sticker that made me cringe….”forever summer” …that’s what it said. I shudder at the thought! I am beginning to wonder if that is indeed what is happening here. It is STILL summer. The air is still warm and even a little muggy. There is no frost on my pumpkin. There is no wood smoke in the air. There are no orange-wearing hunters wandering the woods. It seems that it may forever be summer, for there are no visible signs of Fall yet. I hope that the bumper stickers are just a cruel joke on someone’s part and that it will not indeed be forever summer! There’s only one way to find out….
Let the waiting continue!
Sometimes life requires a little more adventure than other times. When you feel like things around home are beginning to get dull, the only thing you can do is declare a “road trip” and set off. And so that is what I’ve done. I don’t normally like to venture beyond my comfortable woods. The smell of the pines and crisp mountain air are “home” to me. But tonight I will call the beach home. The salty air and frizzy fur will be a nice contrast and, if nothing more, they will help me appreciate the comforts of home … even if “home” is still experiencing summer.
Let the salty adventure begin!
Okay, I was wrong. The storm clouds have rolled off and have left humidity in their place. That’s right, the “hot as a llama” weather is back. Looks like I will wile the time away scratching mosquito bites and panting…..at least for a while longer.
Let the scratching and panting begin!
It’s that beautiful time of summer. There are storm clouds and cool breezes. It’s a tease that Fall could be nearby. It’s a reprieve from my constant panting and hiding in the shade. The huckleberries line the bushes in the woods and the nights are just a little bit longer and a little bit cooler. Surely it must almost be Fall!
Let the adventure begin!
The first day of summer… for a winter-loving dog like myself, that doesn’t sound like much to celebrate. But the way I think about it, we are now one season closer to Winter. Time is certainly doing its job – passing. I wouldn’t mind if it would speed up the process and get along with it already, but Kelly the horse says that good things come to dogs who wait. I’m waiting all right … waiting for snow. Seems like a figment of my imagination almost, but I will hold on to it with hopeful anticipation. Until then …
Let the adventure begin!