From: Calgary Area of Alberta
So sorry about the weather ..... well we had foot after foot after foot of snow I had 3 ft high snow banks all down 200 ft driveway and one huge mountain of snow the size and height of a single car garage blocking the parking pad for RVs well I don't use it anyway but in case of a fire I could exit my bedroom with the dogs take the deck down the stairs and around the back of the garage and then what???? face that mountain of snow... well it has receded it is only half as big and half as wide... my cousin in Gannonaque has a sheet of ice on his front door makes it look like frosted glass but my days spent in Montreal tell me it is ice not frosted glass. meanwhile in places the snow has melted leaving grass but most other places covered in snow... that has had freezing drizzle coat it so that my maltese can walk across the top without sinking. I have a porcupine living under my porch... opened the front door and right 18 inches on the porch come foot to foot with him... he waddled off meanwhile thank God I had managed to shut the door in the hall so the dogs could not get into the foyer and out on the porch..... next morning shovelled snow onto my front porch then pushed it off the side down over his entrance /exit to porch he made a nice little tunnel... well shut that off with snow tampered it well down and every day added more... it has been 4-1/2 days since my encounter... I took the screen off dining room window so I could wind it out and see if he was out eating birdseed before I let the dogs out - no sign of him so put on more lights and went out myself little voice warned me...... and yes he had wandered over the pile of snow and gone in search of more food......so I read unlike squirrels they do not hoard food for winter.... they eat bark and can climb trees but are clumsy and often fall out... so he is shut in - hopefully no food... called fish and wildlife at 1:10 pm only to receive message our office hours are 8-12 and 1-4 please call back during office hours... hmmmm oh if you want to report a poacher or.... call..... otherwise good luck emailed someone who had a pest control ad - that was last week never heard back guess he isn't into racoon or porcupine type pests likely more the other kinds of pests.... must be slow for him no bees or wasps or spiders - we don't have snakes or rats so that leaves bedbugs and cockroaches and I have never seen a cockroach anywhere here since 1978 This has been horrendous winter in Calgary I have never seen this much snow since we moved here 1999 too much snow for John Deere to handle many times and at $85-95 per snowfall it gets old fast I fear the grass will start growing in May in places and other places not yet thawed....
Shirley - Mom to Dickens (PuppyWuppy now known as Dicky Wicky)and Doyle (baby) and Baxter, Bella, Pistol, Cowboy, ChiChi at Rainbow Bridge
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