I think winter is now here to stay. We had a foot which collapsed to about 6" with 24 hours of warmer temperatures, and now another 10 inches, so it's well over a foot out in the yard. I think the cross-country ski season has certainly arrived, even though I'm not allowed to for another month :(. Here are a few pictures of the wintry day around the yard.
Our tall ornamental grass outline against the darker house.
And beside the birch tree cluster.
A little corner of the garden that I like the looks of in winter, which I pass every day with the dog.
In between snow streamers we even had a little bluish sky, here above the line of pine trees that mark the north side of our meadow.
In this weather Roxie doesn't get far before she's plagued with balls of snow between her toes. So she just curls up in the snow and chews them off (the snow balls, not the toes!).
It was definitely too deep for slogging through the meadow in mukluks, so out came the little cheap modern snowshoes, which actually have their uses. I tramped a loop trail around the meadow for us in the deep snow.
And eventually I made it up our drive and climbed over the snowplow ridge, to look down the road at our now very white world.