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Snow Squares

It is a common winter phenomena here that one never walks far but still walks a lot. Why you ask?

It’s elementary Watson. They walk the same steps over and over and over again. Driveway, sidewalks, decks and patios. Over and over and over.

Don’t get me wrong. I love winter. I love snow. I was frustrated the last couple of years that I couldn’t shovel because of my arthritic thumb. I’m glad to report that it seems to be ok with shoveling this year. My other half will also be happy with this news.

But outside time isn’t just work. Snowshoes make walks fun. The road makes walks easier but the best and “funnest” times are spent outside with The Littles. Making trails, tumbling in the snow, tobogganing or moving snow with grampa.

Not to mention how incredibly happy the dogs are to be outside ripping around in fresh snow. Yes even the 15 year old retriever kicks up his heels but the 3 year old Skye just goes zonkers. I needed snow shoes to go any further but I lacked time with the kids there. Let’s go with that and pretend my fitness level isn’t the issue!

I love challenges and have firmly embraced a new to me blogging one called #walkingsquares by Becky over at Becky of Winchester. But I was frustrated with my squaring of photos. So I am super pumped to have learnt today that I have a square setting on my phone camera. I was having so much fun that you get one last picture even though technically I didn’t walk far to get it. Just walked the side walk over and over as we dug out hard packed snow.

Young A and I were having fun redecorating for winter. She felt it was for Christmas but I corrected her to say that first it was for Remembrance Day. This lead to an explanation about war, peace and freedom and I tried to leave it simple before she got overwhelmed. But if you look close on the dresser you will see the wreath of poppies.

Anyone else love winter and have a favourite activity?



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14 thoughts on “Snow Squares

  1. Hi Bernie – I can’t say I love winter. I’m at that stage where I’m afraid to fall and break something. I do enjoy watching winter sports of all kinds and taking long drives (when the roads are cleared of snow). Love your squares – I will have to find that setting too!


    1. As a trauma nurse I can tell you that 22 year olds are also prone to breaking bones on ice! I know it’s always a possibility but I still get outside almost every day except during blizzards. I guess I have dogs and an addiction to being outside to thank. Bernie


    1. Everyone, except skiers, always wish the snow would stay away a little longer. I personally love that it covers the rather dull browns and makes everything white and bright. Even though the sun is not shining today (it is snowing like crazy) it is light and bright. Bernie


  2. I cannot wait to get the snowshoes on – we are well-overdue for a good walk and talk out in the back 40!!!


  3. I love frolicking in the snow (when it’s not super cold or windy outside). We’ve been thinking about buying our own cross-country skis this year. I typically don’t put up my holiday decorations until after Remembrance Day too. I am going to make an exception and try to put my lights outside today while the weather is still warm, but I won’t turn them on until next week.


    1. I still have my cross country skis but sadly don’t use them out here. No trail maintenance crew and the aforementioned wind means each day setting out and creating a trail. That’s why I love snow shoes. Go anywhere and still a good workout. Good on your for putting the lights up but not turning them on. Bernie

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  4. Bernie I also enjoy winter, although more so in the past than now. I remember snowshoeing at Miquelon Provincial Park with my nephew and his two dogs. We had to carry the Miniature Schnauzer because he definitely didn’t like being cold or out in the snow. The West Highland White Terrier, on the other hand, loved the snow. There were six or seven snow huts that were probably built as part of a group of Boy Scouts or some similar organization. They were basically mounds of snow with two entrances and were hollowed out inside. Well this ticked all of the boxes for a Westie. She ran like crazy into one hole in the snow and popping out the other hole. She had to run to each one to try it out. As she exited one hole she would bark as if to say, “catch me if you can”. I’m not sure if dogs really can smile but it sure seemed so at that time. In fact I don’t think that I’ve ever seen her so happy and excited. It was great fun for us to watch as well. The Schnauzer was in one of the vehicles staring at the Westie as if trying to figure out what the fuss was about. I suppose that applies to people as well when it comes to winter. You either get it or you don’t.
    A very timely blog subject, Bernie.


    1. That dog is hilarious! It is very interesting how different dog personalities are. Those snow huts sound like quinzhees. Hm… think we have enough snow to perhaps make one of those this year. I do understand how winter can be a drag but I try hard hard to embrace it rather than let it drag me down. I don’t always win but I try! Bernie

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