Wednesday, April 06, 2011

the way shadows colonize snow

I'm not going to be buying any jugs of milk or sacks of potatoes anytime soon. All my grocery shopping and other errand running will be done by foot until the Antarctic shoreline that occupies the back lane recedes a bit. I'm not sure I can get out of my garage.

This afternoon my across-the-back-lane neighbour got stuck in the enormous water-filled crevice that spans the length of the Lassiter icefield that lies directly in front of our garage doors. I just happened to be in the backyard, chipping away at the edges of the three-inch thick ice that covers half of it, so I took my ice chipper and shovel and went out back to "assist".

I'm not much good at pushing a minivan out of a penguin lap pool, but I am very good placing traction mats and cheerleading with encouraging chatter. Twenty minutes of me sliding back and forth across the ice in my rubber boots, checking on the progress of the one tire that was not submerged, while he alternated between rocking the van and gunning it, and we blasted free.

Can we have spring now please?


Allison said...

Your mini break can't get here any faster, eh? We've had the most random weather here today; sun, rain, hail. But nothing compared to what you guys have. Really hope things start to melt soon!

Barbara Bruederlin said...

You've had an unprecedented amount of hail this year, haven't you, Al? Bizarre.
The snow banks have gotten to the surreal point where the yards across the street (south facing) are bare, while we still have drifts up to my waist.

L said...

Oy. I hope your spring arrives... now.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Every time I hear the forecast for flurries, I put my fingers in my ears and go lalalalala, Lesley.

Wandering Coyote said...

OMG, it is dumping with snow as I write this...I am so disheartened I just want to curl up in my bed and cry.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I hear ya, WC, it's doing the same thing here. I may start drinking early today.

Sean Wraight said...

"...cheerleading with encouraging chatter."

(Hmmmm... Are you sure you weren't actually curling?)

This is proof positive that even Mother Nature is no match for a Tenacious Zombie. Well done you!

Hurry, hurry, hard!

umbrellalady said...

I sympathize with wanting spring already - this from a die-hard winter fan...I think it has to do with our current three foot snowbanks that don't seem to want to recede.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

The one positive about this never-ending winter, Sean, is that I don't feel guilty about hunkering on the chesterfield to watch the men's World Curling Championships. Charleswood Curling Club represent!

We have the very same three-footers, Kathy! But I know that winter has outstayed its welcome when even you are getting weary of it.