Wednesday, January 28, 2009

snow day

D is home from school for the second day in a row. Our yard and deck are buried under 5 or 6 inches of snow, which is lovely to look at but somewhat annoying if you are a small dog.

Little Mac finds the snow a personal affront to her bathroom habits and deals with the problem by not bothering to wade through the snow drifts out in the yard: she pees directly outside the back door on the deck.

Not her most charming habit, to say the least.

In one of the Little House on the Prairie books, of which I was a huge fan, Laura writes about having ropes tied from the house to the barn so that you couldn't get lost in the Wisconsin blizzards. I imagine, although Laura seems to have been too polite to say so, that the same was also true for the outhouse. And as cool as I thought Laura and her pioneer lifestyle were, traipsing outside in the snow to pee cannot be fun. For Laura or for Little Mac.

So, for those of you who are dealing with the winter weather, when you're feeling a little cabin fever, remember to be glad that you don't have to go out in the backyard to your business.

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