The Flutter Hawk keeps an eye out on the telephone pole…Mud, Mud, Mud…Yuck!
This warm weather we’ve been seeing over the last few days has left us with rain, lots of fog and very little snow left only on some of the higher peaks to our east. In most years when I was much younger, a warm 4 to 7 day stretch this time of year was the January thaw! That few days to fix broken water lines…Maybe clean some manure built up that just might thaw.
Most often also had to go get another jag of wood since most often the thought of the pile being plenty big for the winter, seems very small by then…Unlike recent years, haven’t gotten down to bare ground as often as we do now.
Those years with a blanket of snow still left, in turn made for great toboggan weather! Those warmer days with cold nights put a nice crust on the snow creating a very fast track! Major problem was if there was a hedgerow at the bottom of the hill or road, that meant stopping by baling off and that crusty snow could make for some really nasty road rash!!
One time a couple of us had made a small jump about halfway down this good-sized hill, just before the thaw…The snow was so hard and slick we could hardly stand up! Sitting 4 people deep on my toboggan, we pushed off, headed toward that jump…It was so slippery going down that hill we had no control at all going over the jump, pretty much sideways!…Bodies were flying in all directions and I tries to hold on to my toboggan…Big Mistake…Some how in landing my coat sleeve was pushed well up(above my elbow), along with my shirt sleeve…
Yup! One mean case of road rash on my forearm!…Almost as bad as the one on the side of my face, when I came to a stop against the brush at the bottom of the hill!!! It was right there lying in the brush next to my toboggan that I made the decision to put it up…well, at least until February vacation….