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SnowToddler may more accurately describe the little snow tyke that took residence on our front lawn the other day. SnowToddler only because it ended up being about the same size as our real life toddler. Granted it was sort of raining during the making of this little guy, and I am impressed not only that it was built at all but also with its staying power over the last few days, Happy Birthday hat and all!

Follow up Note: Niko loves looking out the window at his SnowToddler, but was sorely disappointed – tears etc. – when he peered out one day only to see that his creation was missing its nose and buttons. Seems a squirrel had come along in the night, and tried to make off with it. But squirrels must not like carrots much because upon closer investigation, Frasier discovered the carrot and pieces half buried in the snow just a few feet away. Which actually only perpetuated the problem (and tears) because then Frasier tried to devour the remains only to render himself gagging on the frozen carrot bits. Good thing Daddy stepped in to save the day, and the remains of the carrot. Once pulled from the clenches of our poodle, the nose and buttons were put back into place and despite all the gagging, you can barely tell what they’d been through. And at last…tears ceased! Phewf.



It turns out that Niko loves the snow. Today it was plus five here, but seeing as we live in the depths of a frigid city, our lawn is still covered with snow and the snowbanks at the side of the road reach upwards from five feet. The warmer temperatures over the last few days have caused a lot of the white covering to melt, but mostly just to melt into itself, leaving a crusty layer of snow everywhere. You know the type that’s grainy and crunchy, with a possible layer of ice just beneath the surface. Well these are the conditions outside. And despite the warmer temperatures I bundled up little Niko to the nines: snowsuit, neck warmer, hat, mitts and winter boots (sans socks because that’s just how he likes to swing it these days.)

So him bundled and me in my jacket we headed out on the road with Frasier. It was once we got home, that I tested Niko out in one of the snowbanks (the one at the edge of our walkway, not the one at the side of the road, just in case you were wondering) and when he touched the snow his little eyes looked up at me shining, shining with the glee of the cold, and the innocent pleasure of the experience. At times he just lay his face on the grainy covering, going for a snow facial of sorts. It was then that I thought he might be startled or start crying, but he just surprised me by looking up with light in his eyes and a grin on his face, expressing his sheer enjoyment in the cool sensation. So I watched him for about 20 minutes while he got up, walked around, picked up sticks and all in all just had a great time in this mid-March excuse for snow.

Do I have a future bobsledder on my hands? Who can tell for sure? But I definitely have a present day winter enthusiast. And with such a hankering for the snow maybe this means he’ll be primed for shoveling…next year?  Not that there’ll be a choice in that matter. So it’s going to be a snow shovel for Christmas, I guess. I love early shopping ideas…


One good thing about snow is that it can cover things up. Freshly fallen snow for example is like a white blanket, instantly covering the unsightly messes strewn about on city sidewalks, in parking lots, etc. Now that the snow has melted, I can clearly see the state of the parking lot behind my house, and quite literally, all the crap that used to be so conveniently hidden. I use this parking lot everyday: it leads to the park where I walk my dog and my baby.

The current state of this lot is disastrous. Why don’t people pick up after their dogs!? I mean come on! It’s part of the responsibility, and otherwise creates a nasty reality for those of us who are left to tiptoe among the feces. It’s disgusting! If you’re going to have a dog, pick up! It can’t be the price that’s throwing people off: I buy 48 bags at Dollarama for 1$ (and they’re vanilla scented to boot). So what is it then? Laziness. A lack of respect for the community. Thoughtlessness. Selfishness. Idiocy. The list could go on and on…

OK, so it’s disgusting, but (strange as this may sound) I sort of got used to seeing it, seeing as I walk there everyday. Although, fingers crossed that sooner than later the city will swing down and give the lot a good hosing. Until then, I have come to somewhat temporarily accept the filth. I mean, beyond picking it up myself, what other choice do I have? But now, broken glass has started to appear. And not just a little bit (which would be bad in itself), but tonnes of broken bottles. The other day I counted six smashed up bottles, just within my field of vision. So now, not only are we tiptoeing among the dog poop, but also shards of glass. I mean seriously people, if you have a dog, why would you want to break glass where they walk (or unfortunately in some cases poop)? Deplorable really. Just deplorable.

The other day, one of my friends from the dog park even brought her own broom out and started sweeping up the lot so that her dog wouldn’t cut his feet. But, there is no way she could sweep it up all on her own; there is just too much. Good on her for trying though, and having some sense of civic duty. And today, like the icing on the cake, there was something else littering the lot. I wasn’t quite sure what it was: it looked like styrofoam, but there were wires coming out of it. As I got closer I rolled one of the chunks over with my foot, only to see it was a chunk of some statue’s head, whose unfortunate fate had landed him smashed up in this ever growing mess of a parking lot. “Oh dear statue, what were you before you came to this unfortunate end?” What a fate. What a demise…

Is this the environment where I want Niko to grow up? No. Is this area ideal for my dog’s paws? No. I think it might be time to move.


This winter I have discovered that Frasier absolutely loves snow: he enjoys pouncing around in the fresh powder, not to mention following his nose after all the scents he can find. I would love to take Niko out on walks with the pooch, but I am just not sure at what temperature it is too cold for him.  For some reason, I have -10 in my head: meaning if it is colder than -10 I think it is a touch too cold for the baby. But I have no idea where I came up with this number; it is just something I thought of yesterday.  That said, I do want Niko to get some fresh air and enjoy the winter weather. So my question is: when is it too cold for a baby? While we do have some warmer temperatures in the winter, those days seem few and far between in January and February.  Hmm…what I really want to get is a wind cover for the Baby Bjorn, that way he will be a bit more protected from the elements but can still enjoy the fresh air of winter days.


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