Saturday, January 21, 2012

And then there was snow...

     I awoke this morning to the rumbling sound of a snow plow. I excitedly jumped up to look out the window and there was my snow! You can never really tell what is going to happen with the prediction of snow, so I wasn't going to get my hopes up. I must say, that I am impressed with the way the snow plows handled the snowy streets. They passed nearly every thirty minutes and the roads stayed clear. They even waved and honked the horn at Dylan. Nothing nicer than a friendly snow plow guy.
    The tradition in this neighborhood is to walk (sled in tow) over to the golf course, where you will find the fence to have been cut by some random unidentified neighbor, and then you must sled to your heart's content until the cops come to chase everyone away. I am not usually a law breaker, but you can't argue with tradition now can you?
     That person in the foreground is Dylan trudging to the hill. We were only able to sled a few times, unfortunately, because Dylan got snow in his boots. Once that happens, fun time is over. All in all, it was a good day filled with snowball tossing, warm hot chocolate, trespassing, and of course... dog walking.
See that big smile? He's having fun!
Yours Truly,


Thursday, January 19, 2012

Willy the Caterpillar

     Yesterday, while walking home from school, Dylan discovered a "wooly bear" caterpillar! I'm no expert on caterpillars, but it seems a little strange that we would see one in the middle of January in 30 degree weather! In case you don't know what a "wooly bear" looks like, here's a pic:
     I'm sure that you've seen one of these guys before... if you live in America. Anyway, we couldn't just leave him there curled up in a ball out in the cold, but I know that some caterpillars sting, so I picked the guy up with a poop bag and carried him home. Dylan has a butterfly habitat kit that he got for Christmas so we put him in there. I thought for sure that the thing was dead but after about 30 minutes, he uncurled and started exploring. 
     Now we have a new issue; I can't find any leaves for him to eat because it is winter. I put some grass in there to see what he would think of that. If he doesn't like it, I suppose that I will have to go to the grocery store to get him some lettuce. And so, Project Rescue-the-Caterpillar has begun...
       Have a good day everyone!

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

No more snow...

     I was very excited last night because I was checking the weather forecast and they were predicting snow! I know that most adults don't get excited over snow because they visualize snow shovels, tire chains, and icy steps. But all I can think of is snow sculpting.
     Every year, I go outside and build crazy snowmen until my face and hands go numb. Last year, I built a pyramid, a sphinx, and this guy...
I loved this snowman. I was quite sad when he melted. It was kind of like when Tom Hanks lost Wilson the volleyball on the movie Cast Away. I kind of got attached.... but how could you not love a face like that?
     Anyway, at about 10 pm I looked outside and sure enough, there was snow! I was so happy and I couldn't wait to see Dylan's face in the morning. Unfortunately, I was unaware that when snow comes to Long Island from a southern-ish direction, it is always washed away with rain afterwards. Sadness...
Only when the snow comes from the North does it actually stick around. It does make sense when you think about it.
     So this morning I looked outside at my melted dreams of snowman sculpting, and I decided that I'm ready for spring. This has been a dull winter as far as snow goes, and my poor heart cannot take anymore disappointment.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Sorry about my absence...

My laptop was not working but now I am back in action! Expect a post soon :)