Saturday, November 25, 2006

What Cruel God Did This?

Winter came to visit today, and will bring the family these next few days. It's predicted that daytime highs will be in the -14 area, with lows at -20 by the beginning of the week. Hopefully it will be a short stay and we'll get back to relatively mild temperatures soon.

We woke to snow this morning. Our high temperature was less than two degrees C. today, and it's hovering at the freezing mark at 3:30 in the afternoon. But there was no wind, and it was sunny off and on so it was a very pleasant day, for me. The Red Chief disagreed. He is of an opinion that God could have created either snow or cats, but no god in his right mind would have created both, unless he had a cruel streak.

He was dubious this morning when he looked out, but once the snow had quit falling and had melted back on the driveway he decided to venture out. Eeeeeeeeeeeekkk!!!! Wet! Wet! Wet! Run, run, run back to the trailer before paws melt back to bone!!

By 2:30 he was itching to try again, so we haltered up (He'd asked me to take his halter off earlier.) and out we went. He lasted three or four minutes, mostly because he got to within four feet of a quail as it emerged from a hedge. (I got a picture of it, eyeing us warily.)

After the quail had decided that wisdom dictated flight, Sal decided that the cold wet gravel was too much. He tried to get to his favorite walk, the dog run, but that involved a walk across a snowy stretch of grass, and his courage wasn't up to it. He came in, twitching his tail in irritation, mad as the proverbial wet hen. I may look for cat boots for him. It will be a long winter otherwise. He doesn't seem to mind the cold, it's the wet paws he hates.

But, as always, snow is lovely to look at, and I took some pictures. The light was gorgeous, the clouds were the colour of cotton candy.


OutHouse Capital of Canada said...

a bit of a shock, eh!

I didnt notice my cat go out, must be using the catbox. the dogs dont mind, less brains I suppose

Mandy said...

Hmm. Do you think we will have a white xmas together then? I don't know what the weather in Oliver is usually like.

26 more sleeps... :)

Deb said...

Your guess is as good as mine as far as a white Christmas is concerned. I don't think Oliver has a lot of snow as a rule. But right now it's still coming down, so it may still be snowing at Christmas!

SMM said...

I would dare say you folks may have cooler temperatures but you got off light with the amount of white stuff.

Rain I realized was part of the deal...but a foot of wet heavy snow. It was glorious fun to go picture taking today.

We woke to puking cat and no power. The reflection off the snow was quite a good fill in for electricity.