Saturday, January 10, 2009

Where'd That Come From?

It snowed here yesterday. I shoveled. Whee, I got exercise on a day when I had other obligations that prevented me from leaving the house. I woke up this morning, and there was more snow. No big deal though, as it was supposed to taper off around six in the morning and be done.

For those of you who live in warm climates and think you like snow, here's an idea of what I was shoveling this morning. It wasn't horrible, especially because it was more powdery than truly the heavy, wet stuff, but still not fun.

Then I looked up, and this odd sight met my eyes:

Yup, that's a giant tree branch laying across my sidewalk there. Except, it doesn't really look like it came from the tree it's sitting near. Huh.

I take it back. This sucker isn't a branch, this is an entire tree.

Upon further review, it definitely did not come from the tree it's sitting in front of. So did someone have an accident? Did they want to hide what they'd done? Did they think that I wouldn't notice that there was a tree here that either uprooted itself to be nearer its true love (my tree) or was placed there in hopes that I would think it was just a branch that fell off my tree with all the snow we had?

And really. Why is it sitting in my yard and across my sidewalk? I immediately began debating whether the village tree pickup would pick up such a large branch or whether I'd be charged for its removal. Considering that I only had a half hour to shovel the snow before I had to get the wee ones in the car so we could start our merry day on time, I did the good bloggy thing and took a picture of it but left it sitting there.

When we got back, I discovered this:

Not that. Look closer. See my mysterious tree? Me, neither! It somehow disappeared, although there were footprints around it. It must have been someone strong though, as there were no signs of it being forcibly dragged somewhere, nor were broken little twiggies left behind. I'm thinking that the cover up is complete.

Bizarre. Then again, I'm glad to not have to deal with it.

Oh, you thought I was talking about the additional two or three inches I spent another hour shoveling. Well, there is that, too, I suppose. It never did stop snowing and at 4pm, it's still snowing. I have a feeling that round three of snow shoveling is going to be needed today. I'm on strike though. This time, my husband has to shovel.


Melissa January 10, 2009 at 4:15 PM  

Wow, your trees have feet...they don't grow them like that up by me...

Isn't this snow the pits? I would be really happy if this was it snow wise for the rest of the year!

Melisa with one S January 10, 2009 at 8:35 PM  

Aww come on Melissa, I need to snowshoe!!! :)

I'm with ya on the shoveling though, Michelle. Ick.

Mary January 11, 2009 at 12:26 PM  

That's a lot of snow! I should post a picture of our snow. ;)

Michelle January 11, 2009 at 6:33 PM  

Melisa - Yeah well... remember they're only temporary feet! And I'd be good if this were it, too, but have you SEEN the forecast? Eesh! I'm afraid they're going to have to call of school on Thursday if the windchills are as bad as they're predicting.

Melisa - You snowshoe? Seriously? How? Where? Fortunately, my husband shoveled this morning with nary a word from me!

Mary - Ooo, I'm afraid to ask. Isn't it ummm kinda warm there? Compared to here at least!

Cookie January 11, 2009 at 8:55 PM  

Wow! That is odd. If you never took that first picture no one would believe it was there to begin with... And we might start to wonder just was in the coffee cup you had this morning ;)

Karen January 12, 2009 at 7:53 AM  

Great, now I'll be wondering all day where the tree went. And where it came from in the first place. And what caused it's demise.

Michelle January 12, 2009 at 8:52 PM  

Cookie - I know. Bizarre, isn't it? And I'll have you know that I don't even *drink* coffee ;)

Karen - I'm right there with you. Except that I finally figured out that one of our next door neighbor's trees is missing. The snow plow must've hit it and then it all goes fuzzy for me. It's on the corner, not next to our tree but about 15-20 feet away. At least.

Vanessa Rogers January 15, 2009 at 5:38 AM  

Very mysterious indeed...I don't envy the snow in the least!! Good luck with that.

Michelle January 15, 2009 at 8:34 AM  

Vanessa - You say you don't envy us the snow, but how do you feel about the cold? School was actually canceled today because the windchills are -30 and not expected to get above that until noon tomorrow.

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