Walking On Water

It’s been a strange winter here in southwest Minnesota. I’ve lived down in this corner of the state for 14 years, and while I remember previous winters with very little snow (including some dreaded green Christmases) I don’t remember one with so little precipitation…not to mention the bizarre 50 degree days we’ve been having from time to time.

What to my wondering eyes should appear...but a beaver dam.

Not that I’m complaining.


I like being able to drive safely on roads that aren’t ice-encrusted danger zones. I like being able to go out to the mailbox without risking death by frostbite. I like not having to worry that my newly-bought groceries will freeze in the back of the car while I get my hair cut.
And speaking of hair, I like that I don’t have to make the choice between my head being warm or having a good hair day.

Those rotten critters are destroying our trees!

All that being said, it is now cold enough to make even the ice fishermen happy. It is also sunny (the best medicine against Seasonal Affective Disorder) and so my kids and I took a walk along the frozen stream in our back yard.
Now, I had heard all about the kid’s walk yesterday on this exact same route, but that didn’t prepare me for one certain aspect of the walk.


The Beavers.

Their dam last fall...a little further down the stream.

No, we didn’t see any, but evidence of them is all around.
Darn creatures!
Still, we had a wonderful walk, enjoying the sunny afternoon and the freezing ice.  When we were done we came in for hot cocoa. With lots of marshmallows.

A fish?

Oh, and a candy cane stirrer.
Ahhhh…life in Minnesota!

Two sisters...getting along. Oh, and the cat.

6 Responses

  1. Jenny

    Is the damage to your trees due to this visit from the beavers or was the picture from a different year? And are they done for? (The trees not the beavers!) How annoying. (The beavers not the trees!)

    It is a fun shape in the ice. Like looking for shapes in the clouds!

  2. The picture was taken on Tuesday – yes, it’s all new. Actually happened while we were on vacation. Bother. I hope they’re not done for, but don’t know for sure. I think the beavers are sleeping now that it’s so cold…but we’ll have to live trap them come warmers weather.

    Oh, and I’m working on the subscription thing – don’t know what’s up!

  3. What a lovely, icy walk! Love your images in words and pictures, and now I want some cocoa, marshmallows and a candy cane stirrer for myself! 🙂

    1. I probably should post a recipe for hot cocoa when I write such a thing! Trouble is, my kids don’t mind the powdered cocoa so that’s what we had! Thanks so much for coming by and for your comments!

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