Spring in Wisconsin

Just a couple days ago I was sharing images of sunshine and open water and praising the oh-so-glorious vitamin D rich day. And this morning, we awoke to this…

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That’s a solid 8″ of fresh snow (our neighbor measured!), the first 2″ of which turned into ultra-compacted slush when it hit the warm-ish spring ground. I know because my son and I shoveled it! Fellow snow aficionados out there will know that snow that has a layer of slush next to the ground is the toughest to move because not only is it heavy, but it also likes to stick to your shovel. This means that with every scoop and dump of the shovel, you need to add a “thump” as you need to smack the shovel against the ground to get the sticky bottom layer of snow off.

This could have taken a very long span of back-breaking labor which my son & I were settling in for, but for our wonderful, wonderful neighbor who came over and helped us dig out with his snowblower, a fact for which I will forever be grateful. Coincidentally, I am pretty sure the time has come for a snow blower to reside in my own garage, even if just for the couple times a year we have this kind of snow. That heavy snow is just… heavy and I’m not the youngster I once was!

In any case, if this isn’t exciting enough for mid-April, we are bracing ourselves for the potential of 9-12″ more between now and Monday morning. I’m happy to share that I did manage to run to the grocery store yesterday and grab the couple of essentials we were low on, so beyond clearing the driveway so Mr. Knitting Sarah can get back home after work and possibly filling bird feeders, I will be cozying up at home. Welcome to spring in Wisconsin!

I’m prepared, of course. I’ve got my new Making magazine to peruse…

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And just a few rows left in my special handspun knitting project…

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Isn’t that border looking nice?!

And then I’ll be digging in to a new spinning project. Long draw is on my agenda, but I may spin up a quick worsted weight single first to get reacquainted with that slow treadle on the big whorl speed before getting back into the long draw. I’ve got a new technique I’m going to try with it and I’ve been looking forward to it for a long time, so I’m very excited to get spinning!

While I’m sipping hot coffee out of the wind and snow, I haven’t forgotten the Peregrine Falcons on the nest I shared in my last post. This kind of weather is hard on this little family…

imageAs evidenced by this snapshot of  poor bird around 11pm last night. I usually turn the live feed on in the morning while I wake up and get ready and this morning through the snow I watched this exceptional pair of birds make the quickest tag-off on the eggs I’ve ever witnessed. I heard one of them call from off screen, the bird on the eggs called back, took off, and less than 5 second later the second bird was settled down on the eggs.

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Such good parents already! Send warm thoughts their way — they are going to need them tonight!

Stay warm, stay dry, stay safe, my friends!

13 thoughts on “Spring in Wisconsin

  1. Sending warm thoughts YOUR way too! What is the knitting pattern you’re making? It’s lovely. Sounds like great times to snuggle, spin and knit! It’s rainy and low 60’s here today, so I’m doing the same (except for the spinning part 😉). Stay warm and safe.

      1. I hadn’t seen that pattern either, and I love it too. When I saw the charity, I purchased it right away. I’m a serious Joji fan, especially after having taken a class from her at the HCW Retreat this year. She’s adorable.

  2. Ouch! It’s gotten up to almost 90 for a couple of days this month in Texas, but I remember those frozen roads and bridges when I lived in Ohio and in the Mid-Atlantic area.

    And that poor Mama bird, I hope she and her eggs will be ok.

  3. It only took living in Iowa for 1 winter to convince us to get a snowblower, and we used it many, many times in the 3 years after we got it before we moved away to the warmer West Coast. Highly recommend! Sending warm and dry thoughts your way, sorry you’re getting our rainy front.

    1. Our old house had a small driveway and sidewalk to clear, so it was always manageable. Our new house has a more substantial driveway which hasn’t been a problem until this storm with the heavy, heavy snow. Trying to clear the end of the driveway where the plow deposited snow was enough to teach me it may be time!

      As cold and long as the winter is, I would not move somewhere with a more mild climate, I don’t think. I’m weird like that!

  4. Ugh, two mid-April snow dumps? That is rough! Of course you have spinning and knitting to save your sanity, but this must be getting old! I do worry about all the little creatures who are laying eggs and delivering babies in this cold spring. Very rough!

    I think a snowblower is a good idea, if winters are going to drag on forever!

    Love that shawl, it is going to be beautiful!

    1. This winter has been kind of daunting, but we are looking at a very nice weekend to come so I am focused on that. And hoping all the snow doesn’t melt *too* quickly and cause flooding. It’s always something!

      1. It IS always something! We drove through Vermont today on our way to upstate NY. Fresh snow on the mountains, flurries while we drove, giant snow piles everywhere. Ugh it was like regressing. But now we are west of Syracuse and the sun is out! Yea! Nothing is growing yet though. Have to head south more if we want spring.

  5. When we lived up there, we had a couple of different shovels for different kinds of snow. As soon as you described it, I knew it was a job for the heavy but somewhat slick one. Happily shovel connoisseurship is a skill I no longer need in New Mexico.

    1. Smart! We are short on shovels because our old walk & driveway were pretty small. Now we don’t have the sidewalks, but we have twice as much driveway exposure where the plows leave their mark and that is the hardest of all to shovel!

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