We finally got some much needed snow overnight. Only about 3+" but we'll take what we can get. Unfortunately, right now it has sufficiently masked the sheets of ice we have on the ground everywhere so that it's more dangerous out there than ever. If we went ahead and plowed, that would only leave the bare ice showing again. But as we speak, Papa Pea and a good neighbor D are out cobbling together a "drag" they are hoping might improve the situation. They're cutting one of our big diameter maple logs (back in the to-be-made-into-firewood pile) to the proper length, and hooking it up with chains to the back of a piece of D's equipment. They they'll try dragging the log over the snow to see if they can 1) pack it down some which might provide some "grip," and 2) possibly rough up the ice a bit.
Our temp now, as so often with a snowfall, is in the 20s, but the forecast for the coming week is back down into the deep freeze again.
It's amazing how "hushed" even this little amount of snow on the ground makes everything seem. Not that we hear much noise back here in the woods at any time, but this morning it's like all surfaces (and the very air) are cushioned.
I haven't had the urge (somebody will eventually have to coax me with a big whip) to take down the tree or other decorations yet. A couple of mornings ago, hubby got up a few minutes before I did and the only lights he turned on were those on the Christmas tree. When I toddled out shortly thereafter, I commented on how beautiful the lit tree was. He said we shouldn't be in any hurry to take the holiday decorations down, but enjoy them for a while longer. It wouldn't take much to talk me into that.
So tell me true. Have you taken down all your holiday decorations already? Has the tree been stripped nekkid and tossed out the door? Do you take your tree down the day after Christmas? Or the day after New Year's? Or do you wait until the spirit moves you? Like about right before Valentine's Day?
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