Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Theodore's Snow Adventure

This morning, Theodore and I went out for our first
snowshoe since the "big snow". It was HARD work! The snow
was about 24" deep and each step meant sinking about 12" and
lifting about ten pounds of snow, boot and snowshoe.

Theodore couldn't run off through the woods because the snow
was too deep. He had to wait and follow me. When I stopped to
catch my breath he looked up at me as if to say,
"What's the hold up?"

We walked by the desolate corn field but didn't
explore out there. The deep snow was wearing me out!

If you look closely, you'll see the mouse highway
from the hideout at the tree trunk. It crosses over
the trail and heads off somewhere in the woods.

Bent over trees, anointed with snow.

The tall tree stump which marks the corner of our land.

Theodore tried to venture off the path but ended up in snow
over his head. He's not very tall and the deep snow swallows him up!

Back on the trail, running back to me.

He's a schnauzer/poodle mix, commonly
referred to as a schnoodle. They have keen noses
and he's always sniffing the air, like he is here.

One of his favorite things to do is roll in the snow.
I've never seen a dog who loves the snow as much as he does!

Rolling around, getting full of snow...

Look out! It's the abominable snow-pup!

Digging and burrowing in the snow,
I'm not sure what he's looking for.

Mission accomplished! It's time to go
back home and get warmed up.
Theodore and I took our first snowshoe in a couple weeks today and it was quite a workout. Lacey, perhaps wisely, did not follow us and someone let her back in the house while Theo and I adventured out in the wilderness.
We have a series of trails that the dogs and I like to go snowshoeing/hiking/exploring on. It's been too cold and I've been too busy to get out lately and I needed to break a new trail. Whew! Every single step felt like I was being sucked back to Earth with an invisible force field. It wasn't long before I was huffing and puffing.
There's something about being out in God's beautiful creation that fills a void in me. I start to get depressed if I get stuck inside for too long. Now that I broke the trail today, I want to try to make it a point of getting outside every day.
Enjoy God's beautiful creation and celebrate winter, wherever you are!


Shelley said...

Wow! He is so stinkin' cute! We have a bichon poodle mix (and a pug too). My husband makes little paths for them through the backyard. How fun to snowshoe with the dog! I haven't done that in years. I have a friend who just asked me if I would like to go so I may be doing it again soon.

You were talking about weight earlier today. Congratulations on the weight loss! I've been up to 35 lbs heavier at my max and 20 lbs heavier on multiple occasions. I have come to the same conclusion as you... eat the junk in moderation and it will all work out. I kind of have an 80/20 (or maybe more like 85/15) thing. I figure if I eat mostly nutritious foods, a little junk won't really hurt more affect my weight much. I agree though... I just don't feel as well after eating all of these treats lately. My weight hasn't gone up either but I don't feel as good when I'm not eating well.

Speaking of treats though... I would love to get that recipe from you if at all possible. I was thinking of making a few loaves to bring for Christmas Eve. We'll be at my grandma's house in Red Wing that night.

Merry Christmas!! :)

Shelley said...

Middle paragraph: not sure what I was typing but maybe meant to say "or affect" rather than "more affect".
Wow. And actually after rereading it... I have to say... I was really rambling. I've got Christmas shopping on the brain. :)
Have a good night.

Farmchick said...

Theodore is really giving it his all out in the snow! What a cute pup.

Katherine Sophia said...

Aw, Theodore does look so cute! Especially rolling in the snow. :)

Creative Ambitions said...

The snow is GORGEOUS! And Theodore is A-DOR-ABLE!! Look at his snowy face!! Love the photos!