Thursday, February 20, 2014
Yesterday, I noticed my husband walking past the window on snowshoes while I was washing dishes. I asked him today what he was doing on them, and he said he put them on to walk the fish guts out to the weeds at the edge of our property.
I had been thinking about snowshoes for some time because cross country skiing takes quite a bit of skill. It's a lot harder than it looks. I've spent more time trying to get up than actually skiing, and I don't have the time to perfect my skills. Snowshoeing is something I should be able to handle. My husband said NOT! That, too, is harder than it looks. He said I would be able to follow someone, but breaking a trail would be quite another story.
I asked him why I hadn't seen him on snowshoes before. He said it's because he just tromped through the snow with his boots to deliver his fish guts for composting. But he can't do it any more. I asked him how deep the snow is out there. He indicated the snow to be halfway between his knees and his hips. Which translates to almost my waist. Which is when I told him that I've always thought about snowshoeing. He said we'll get me a pair if I want to. Glad for the support! They're not terribly expensive. He said his would require a fair amount of adjusting if I want to wear them.
So I may be adding snowshoeing to my activities. He asked why I want to snowshoe. I said XC skiing is harder, and I like walking, but want to get in the woods and forests. Good enough reasoning for him!
I've also been unable to take my food scraps out to be composted. This is the first year I have been unable to do it. The snow is so deep! They've been going into the trash can since some time in December at least. It bothers both of us organic gardeners to see so much potential fertilizer going into the trash. So kill a number of birds with one stone - that's holistic living. I'll be snowshoeing for utility and snowshoeing for beauty and fun.
Time for a Spark Tracker too. That will be put to good use! Again for utility and fun, as I integrate exercise with daily life.