I suppose I can go ahead and say it.
Summer is definitely over. Mom sighed and looked at the pool, covered in snow and crusted with ice. Then she went out front to shovel where the plow dumped a ridge of snow at the end of our driveway. Of course, Jamie helped, and soon he was off to school. Jamie was being driven by Dad today, since Dad says he doesn’t trust other drivers just yet with it being the first big snow and all.
We did end up with 7 to 9 inches of snow. The tree near our front porch is covered in snow and ice. The falling snow turned to ice, fell onto the inflatables on the front lawn, and iced them in place. When Mom was done with her snow removal job, she trekked over to the inflatables and freed them from their frozen confines. Here is a picture of the tree branches:
The retention pond, or swamp, or Lake Jimbo-rooni as Dad calls it, is frozen over. The kids climb over the snow bank left by the plow and play hockey. I like to see them out there with their skates and sticks. It looks like fun – from indoors, that is.
Jamie’s special friend Hailey came over and they constructed this year’s gingerbread house:
(the frosting snowdrifts on the roof of the house)
(the chocolate shingles on the front)
They did a very nice job! Dad wanted to eat the house, but Mom gave him some cookies instead.
I did grab another gumdrop and chewed on it for a long time. Then Dad gave me a peanut butter treat so I’d leave the young humans alone while they continued construction of the house.
Mom has to pick Jamie up from school today. She’s not looking forward to the drive through the snow. Me? I’m sticking with my blankets and going out as little as possible.
Woof! Love, Maggie