For this southern girl, it was quite the magical moment. The magic continued when I awoke to this scene:
How is it possible that frozen rain can make everything look so spectacular? My neighborhood was instantly transformed into a scene out of Harry Potter. I just knew the scenery would be even lovelier in the countryside so I suited up for a run with Bailey.
The past few days have been really frustrating because I haven’t been able to get the dogs out due to icy sidewalks. A few friends tipped me off to Snow Trax, which are removable accessories for your shoes which help to grip the snow and ice.
I strapped them to my tennis shoes and they worked like a charm. I felt very secure on the ice and snow and never once even felt the slick pavement beneath my feet. It’s definitely making exercising the dogs easier, which is such a relief because I was honestly getting worried about how I would manage all winter.
No, the ice wasn’t slowing me down this morning, but the need to take pictures surely was. Bailey was super patient with me as I stopped every 2 minutes or so to take a snapshot of my surroundings.
In between photo ops, she managed to have the time of her life playing in the snow. Remember when I mentioned she reminds me of Phoebe when she runs? Here is a prime example:
She’s always a happy and energetic dog but for some reason the snow makes her completely jubilant. For the first half of our run, we enjoyed a breathtaking tangerine sunrise,...
...but true to Scottish-weather form, this was quickly displaced by a blizzard.
For several minutes I could hardly see for the snow that was flying into my eyes. I was just hoping that Bailey was following me because her white and orange coat perfectly camouflaged her in the snowy forest.
Luckily the storm only lasted a mile or so and then the skies cleared back up for the remainder of our jog. I was even able to get Samson out for a lengthy walk around Johnston Gardens, which was a heartbreakingly pretty sight to behold.
Last winter in Aberdeen it snowed a total of two times. It’s December 5, and this is already the 3rd snow of the season. The locals say it’s gonna be a long one. Good thing I got my Snow Trax. There is no bad weather, only bad gear.
(On a different note, I just found out my dear friend and blog follower, Jill, is finally in labor with her first baby. So if you wouldn't mind saying a prayer that baby Mirabell makes a quick and painless arrival into the world, I'm sure she would appreciate it. Yay for babies!!)