“A Super Bowl winner, I will not predict. But my weather forecast you cannot contradict, why that’s not a football but my shadow I see. Six more weeks of winter it must be.” – Punxsutawney Phil
Straight from the mouth of the beloved groundhog, Phil, in just a little more than 6 weeks winter will be all but a cold memory. Not only am I looking forward to warmer weather for my own well-being, I’m desperately hoping Phil’s predictions are correct for the sake of Emerson’s winter outerwear. Last weekend we took some measurements after discovering her snow-pants were now more accurately snow-capris and barely came down to cover the top of her boots. Just as suspected, she’s sprouted 2 inches since the last time we measured her 6 months ago.
While Emerson was bundled up in head-to-toe snow gear last weekend, we adventured outside for some sledding in the backyard. After a few extra inches of snowfall and lots of drifting, it was quite the hike chasing after E on her sled. Lucky for me, Papa assumes the role of pulling her around.
What started out as a nice little morning in the fresh air quickly made a 360 as I turned around just in time to see Bela sniff a trail right under the storage shed in the back of our yard. Annoyance at his disobedience turned to panic when I realized he wasn’t coming out of there any time soon. The shed sits on a frame off the ground about 6 inches and we often watch a family of cats crawl in and out. After nearly 2 hours of laying in the snow and peaking under the building trying to lure him out with toys, treats, and promises of riding in the car and going for a walk, he still wouldn’t budge and just laid there curled up in a ball shaking and whining. Finally my dad appeared with an electric saw and sacrificed a piece of flooring to rescue my poor boy. I was worried he was freezing to death or was attacked by critters, but thankfully he was safe and sound — just scared and reeking of the wild. Lesson learned, right Bela? Beyond this little stint of excitement, our weekend was very relaxed and all-in-all uneventful… yep Super Bowl included.