And besides, our winter-of-2014-15 fate had been relatively tame except for some early December storms until now.
But still, my sore back, the state of the banks around my driveway at the cherished Little Bitty my dear wife Karen and I share in the Syracuse city neighborhood of Eastwood and Ellie B aka Dogamous Pyle’s backyard adventures just beg for some photographic comparisons to put this last snow blast into perspective for all to admire.
I’ve been shoveling a couple of time a day since Friday to keep up with the accumulation. There’s no place left to toss it, so I’ve been unable to avoid the hourglass-shaped front garden that’s obviously too close to our driveway.
And then there’s the front corner of the house, just past the side porch and not quite to the front steps.
I don’t like to pile too much snow there because it’s quite close to the house’s foundation. And there’s also the matter of what will burst up there come spring.
Ellie B goes out back several times a day, no matter the conditions. She must. And she likes to cavort, too.
Ellie B makes paths, for pleasure and business. One of her favorite places to hang is alongside our back shed.
Yes, every day and night I still hope fervently that this past summer’s skunk prevention work will hold strong.
Ellie B is strong enough to work here way to the other side of the yard, too, where the huge rose bush sits at the corner of the porch.
It doesn’t look quite as impressive covered with a drift.
How many months away is the return to this glory? It seems so far …
Have you run out of places to throw your shoveled snow? Can you avoid piling snow where great and beautiful things grow come spring? How high up on your body does your snow pile go?