March 7, 2015

A Sledding Surprise


The first week of March came in like a lion for us.  30 degrees below zero by night, windy & bitter cold by day.  It's warming up, and lamb-like weather is supposed to be headed our way.  We're ready for it.
We had some snow fun in the March 1st sun. 
Mitch broke a trail with the snowmobile for the kids and their friends to sled on, and as the first sled came down the hill, furry field mice started surfacing and running across bright white snow.  We had apparently disturbed their underworld. 
The kids shrieked with glee and did exactly what I would not have done... they chased and caught them!
The chase was entertaining.  Mice have the distinct advantage of staying on top of the snow while they scurry... bundled children really have to boogie while breaking through the windblown crust. 
After sledding a bit, another mouse would pop up somewhere and they'd go after it.







Peace, Love, and Snowy Creatures Great & Small,

23 comments:

  1. that looks like so much fun and I see everyone is really wrapped up well for the cold conditions. Love the last shot. Sorry you had to redo all your computer work. Have a good weekend.

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  2. Hi Amanda, as usual your post makes me smile, what amazing photos, minus 30° ouch! What a headache re computer and weasel, bravo SWAT team and what a stunning last photo, beauty, peace, hope, love all wrapped up in colour featuring this sweet little bitty creature :-) !

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  3. Hello Amanda, the sledding looks like so much fun! I can just imagine your SWAT team looking for that darn weasel. I am glad it was found and your chickens can relax now.. Cute critter and photo at the end! Thank you for linking up and sharing your post! Have a happy weekend!

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  4. That mouse is adorable! And wow - you're having a real winter! Our snow has gone although the ice is still on the lake over here after a mild winter.

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  5. Glad to hear Mr. Weasel was dispatched so the hens could get warm again. And I just LOVE that last picture! :-)

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  6. oh, how fun! and that mouse is adorable! glad you eliminated the weasel problem! poor, freezing, frightened hens!

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  7. Wow! I can't believe that is a wild mouse! Such bright and beautiful snow shots! Looks like so much fun. Glad to hear your chickies are settled into their coop again. The last time my kids went all SWAT it was because of the chickens--our nasty rooster! Hope you've got some more signs of spring soon!

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  8. It sounds as if the sledding and chasing mice was a lot of fun. I'm glad your SWAT team made it possible for you to start getting eggs again.

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  9. I loved your story about the sledding kids catching field mice! Cute pic of the captured mouse. Hope the weather warms up for you. I'd send your some of ours if I could! :)

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  10. Amanda, I loved your mouse (and weasel) stories - glad you're enjoying fresh eggs once again! The colorful snow scenes of children having fun brought a smile to my face. My grands will be here soon - I'm going to tell them to be on the lookout for mice when they sled. (Your snow looks very windblown and crusty.)

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  11. Oh my gosh that is mighty cold. - Too bad about the eggs being stolen but I guess even weasels have to eat. I'm go glad you help the deer out. The children look like they are having a blast in all that snow and that is one cute little mouse.

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  12. Beautiful series of sledding shots.

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  13. Brrrrrr! I am soooo ready for some warmer temps AND less white outside!

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  14. I guessed that was a gerbil before I read your story.

    Great fun and pics!
    ~

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  15. As much as I detest mice that last photo is adorable. :)

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  16. Ah----cute little field mouse... Bet those mice were scared to death wondering who was disturbing their winter home... ha

    Yes, working on taxes can make one SICK... ha... BUT--luckily we got ours in and will actually get some back!!!! Yeah.

    The sledding looks like so much fun. I love snow --but all we got here this year was ICE. Not fun.

    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  17. Hope that you are feeling better.Taxes I always leave that to husband! Your winter pictures are wonderful and it is such a pleasure to see the beaming faces of your children. And the portrait of the little mouse is awesome! Have a good week.

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  18. I enjoyed reading your random 5.. So glad to hear you caught the egg thief. Love your photos looks like snowy fun..

    Hugs~

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  19. Love the mouse shot! But, I'm with you, I would've run away from the mice, not towards them. :)
    We had a weasel trying to get into our hen house last summer, and the chickens were so loud we knew something was up! Glad yours has been dispatched.

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  20. Great post! But I do feel a little sorry for the weasel!

    The coincidence about the wombats is funny - please have a conversation about unicorns (or ivory-billed woodpeckers) next - that would be a hell of a post for me!!

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

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  21. i always enjoyed sledding, when i was younger and when my boys were growing up!! they are trying to outlaw it here because of recent accidents and injuries. i was so sad to read it!!

    looks like tons of fun!!!!

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  22. Tax prep will do that to you. Tomorrow is my appointment so all is done for me. - Margy

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  23. Pretty impressive SWAT team you've got there. That weasel better wise up!

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