Some of you may be thinking flowers when the title of spring colors is up above. But life at over 8,000 feet is harsh, our flowers are still a long way off. The spring color I was thinking about comes in small orbs… aka Easter Eggs. Yes, Easter was last week but I have not updated these pages for a few days. Last weekend Tori and I had the girls, we dyed eggs on Saturday and watched some spring flurries.
I remember way back when living in Michigan, I would go for some long spring training rides on my bike in preparation for the up coming season. These rides would often hit 40 to 50 miles of rolling county roads. I remember seeing “Egg Trees” decorated about the isolated homes and farms. These were small deciduous trees, decorated with a handful of plastic eggs. This years the girls and I participated in a good old fashioned Easter Egg Hunt, first inside then later a couple rounds outside.
When we finished dying the eggs on Saturday we decided to paint the glacier with the left over cups of color, it was a bit like tie dying the side of the hill. A few gallons of color would have made for a real pretty hillside but we only had about 8 cups. The girls and I were pretty pleased with the results.
Yesterday I hand dug the “Moat” at the top of the glacier. Miss Maybelle was seen challenging the momma fox by her den the other day, and since then we have been tiring to keep a bit of control in her wanderings. As you can see from the color on the glacier pic the fence there is but a few inches high at best. Insignificant to a dog that can clear 4 feet in a single bound….So yesterdays laborious task was for me to dig and dig and dig. After about an hour of work in the heavy corn snow the moat was complete….As of this morning it was keeping Miss Maybelle (aka “don’t fence me in”) contained. The fence line along the left side of the moat is about shoulder to head high on me…the uphill nature limits Maybelle’s attempts at jumping out.
The forecast is for low to mid 70’s in the flats and upper 50’s for us up her. Having 4 to 5 foot piles of snow all over the yard keeps the air temp low…if you can imagine walking into a yard sized cooler that is filled with snow…you are starting to get the picture. We really don’t see warmer temps until the snow is gone…which usually happens sometime in May…A good rainstorm however can make a big dent in our glacier.