Category Archives: Seasons

Hail to the Plowman!

Vic had to convert our tractor to its snowplow identity to plow our driveway this morning. It’s hard to tell which–the snow or the plow–Cat Halvor disliked less. In any case, the red tabby is out on an errand.

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The Effielander’s snowy morning

Effie pauses to contemplate the wondrous snow that suddenly came to her dominion while she slept comfortably, as always, indoors.

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Good morning, snow!

Snow fell last night with more determination than it had yesterday afternoon. The seasonal variations of the basalt hills in our viewshed are always striking, and, to quote an old friend, well worth the price of admission.

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Effieland’s first snow of the season

First there was fluffy sleet, then finally true snow.

And where was Effie?

Washing her tummy, of course. . .

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Effie’s Snow Watch

Mom, it’s snowing! Come see!

I love the soft little snowflakes. . .where do they go? Why do they disappear? Why can’t I keep some?

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For a very few minutes, a very light snow was falling and melting on ground contact. Effie and I both were enchanted by the snowflakes’ ephemeral appearance.

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Effie demonstrates the elements of a Good Day

First is the Yawn. . .

followed by the Stretch. . .

and finally, the Nap.

With careful timing, this method of bringing about a Good Day can start in the morning and last well into the afternoon, especially when frosty weather may limit the fun of bounding about on frosty ground outdoors.

–Inspiration by Effie

 

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Prairie frost, and Effie

Before noon the sun and earth had escaped the freezing fog. The sun illuminated the frost and rose the temperature to a pleasantly brisk 28°F. Effie paced Effieland’s perimeter for quite a while, stopping to lick icy droplets from the tall prairie grasses, and simply enjoying her sun-gilt holdings.

Our field and frontage were also bedecked with luminous frost, which I found supernaturally beautiful as I went up to fetch the one egg our six chickens had produced, and down the other side of our property to put the trash can out for collection..

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