I tell you, those athletes could learn a few things from Homesteaders! I found myself participating in quite a few winter Olympic-style sports this week:
The Giant Slalom - gracefully and flexibly (oh, so NOT), I schussed myself in my big mucka boots around hillocks of ice and snow to get down the driveway to the mailbox and back without planting myself.
The Luge - this was a particularly complicated sport - it involved using both my plastic hay luge and my fanny luge. It was made even more exciting by using both at once! I always yell, "Bonzai!" just to entertain the sheep - and alert them to move back from the fence - Momma's comin' and she can't stop!
Speed Skating - without skates! On the homestead, one doesn't need skates for this sport - not this winter. Every surface, flat, sloping or otherwise is a sheet of multi-layered ice, glazed and wind-blasted to a deadly sheen. I dare Apolo Ohno to deliver hay AND feed down the hill to my sheep without losing it. I Double Dog Dare him!!
So far, this has been the iciest winter I can remember in a while. It's all this yoyo-ing back and forth between 40s and rain and subzero and wind, with some snow sprinkled around. No sissies need apply for Northern Homesteading, that's for sure!
A sport that is not part of the Winter Olympics but should be? Night Sheet Ice Walking without the Benefit of Light. However, I am sure that I do not exactly cut a lissome figure as I juggle mail, bags and purse from my driveway to my front door these nights. I wonder if Spandex would help....ACK!