We have had a mild spell yesterday and today +7C which has caused everything to start melting. This is not particularly good because the roads are thawing and freezing overnight and the weight of snow on roofs is dangerous. Luckily the snow on our roof was practically gone because we had cleared it but we decided we should clear the car port also because of the weight. We now have at least 16ft of snow at the back door. I can't imagine that I will see the yard this year especially as that is the north side and doesn't get any sun on it. Tomorrow is meant to be mild and then we dip right down again to -18C. Generally I quite like winter but this one has been a trial.
I took Annie the Dog for a walk this morning, I put on cleats on my shoes but it was treacherous even with cleats. I think she will be missing her early morning walk tomorrow. We didn't have to walk her so much when she was in her pen but since she keeps escaping we have been forced to tie her up, and we hate to do that, so we have been trying to take her out a lot more often. We are bringing her in at night because it seems wrong to us to leave her tied up outside when there are wolves and coyotes about. She hates being in the house in the winter but she spend most of the summer laid out on the cool floor of our spare bathroom.
The big lake has finally frozen over to about a foot thick, and we heard wolves howling as they ran across the ice last night. I don't know how fast it could melt again though with this mild spell. We haven't seen any wildlife much at all in the last few weeks. The snow is so deep a lot of the smaller deer probably will not survive. I suppose it is nature's way of keeping control of populations but it does seem hard.
We heard on the news about two people out walking in the bush a couple of days ago who stumbled over a sleeping grizzly under the snow. It attacked them but they got away with relatively minor injuries. I wonder how many bears around here didn't have time to find a den when the big snow came early. How many bumps might be sleeping bear? Maybe Annie the Dog and I will stay home tomorrow.