Change Is Hard

…but change is certain.

Now this is more like it!


Katie here.

As you might know I’m a sheltie princess, and we shelties love snow. We come from a land far away that is very cold and whenever we get a chance to play in the snow we’re very very happy.

At least that’s the official story.

Maybe I’m just getting older but I have to tell you this storm we’re getting right now hasn’t been that much fun for me! It’s been snowing for over 24 hours and there’s a lot of snow on the ground. My dad went out three times yesterday to clear the driveway. I don’t know why they don’t just wait till April when it would all melt by itself. Humans don’t always have common sense, you know?

Remind me why we're out here mama?

Remind me why we’re out here mama?

Anyway, this morning my mama and I went out back to fill the bird feeders. I like to help her with that, mostly because I like to sniff all around under the feeders. There’s lots of good sniffing under there, I can tell you.

This morning mama had to shovel a path across the deck just to get to the feeders. I barked and barked at the shovel cause I don’t like it. Not one bit. But after she got to the steps she just went down them and over to the seed bin. Well! I had to go too, so I raced down the steps ….and got stuck at the bottom!

Uh oh!

Uh oh!

The snow was deeper than I am tall! I couldn’t touch the ground and I couldn’t go anywhere and mama was laughing at me. I gave her the stink eye and she came over and picked me up and set me back on my feet and I scrambled back up the steps to the deck where I waited patiently for her to finish filling the feeders.

I'll just stay up here mama.

I’ll just stay up here mama.

When we got back inside mama went out the front door to clear up the driveway. I wanted to go with her. I go everywhere with my mama! But she said ‘no baby, you won’t like the snowblower. You don’t like the vacuum and this is just like that only it throws snowballs far away!”


I told her off! I love to run after snowballs! What was she thinking! But she still said no so I stayed inside and picked the snowballs off of my legs and left them all over the house to melt so that she could be pleasantly surprised when she stepped in ice cold water puddles later.

This is a fine mess I'm in.

This is a fine mess I’m in.

She was outside a long time. And when she came back in she was covered in snow! She asked me if I wanted to see what the snowblower looked like, and maybe check out my poop room that she shoveled as well. So we wouldn’t have to go back out just as soon as she took her coat off she said. (I don’t know what she’s talking about. I always pick opportune moments to ask to go out.)

Doesn't look like a vacuum mama!

Doesn’t look like a vacuum mama!

Mama was right. I didn’t really like the snowblower thing. It was big and weird looking. But I sat next to it cause she asked me to. I am nothing if not an obedient dog. You believe that right? Of course you do. A princess does not lie.

Not often anyway.

She made me sit behind daddy’s truck too. I don’t get it. She’s always telling me to stay away from cars and trucks and then she wants me to pose next to one. I guess it was pretty obvious this one wasn’t going anywhere soon.

Are we going to go on an adventure mama?

Are we going to go on an adventure mama?

Here it’s not even noon yet and I’m already just exhausted by all this snow. I think I’ll just take a little nap now. Mama says it’s snowing harder and she or daddy will have to go back out and clean up that driveway again. I don’t know why. I think they should follow my lead and take a nap.



I hope you all get your naps in too, and be very careful if you’re driving. Cause I, the princess, want you all to be safe!

It's a winter wonderland!

It’s a winter wonderland!

Author: dawnkinster

I'm a long time banker having worked in banks since the age of 17. I took a break when I turned 50 and went back to school. I graduated right when the economy took a turn for the worst and after a year of library work found myself unemployed. I was lucky that my previous bank employer wanted me back. So here I am again, a long time banker. Change is hard.

20 thoughts on “Now this is more like it!

  1. Made me giggle, Katie. Especially the part about your poop room. 🙂


  2. I’m with you, Katie. Take a nap and hope that when you wake up you see green.


  3. oh you poor baby!!! You got a little bit more than we did because this time I didn’t have snowballs on MY legs!! I hate when the snow interferes with our pooping! We Shelties have it TOUGH!! Be safe! Barks and licks and love, Dakota


  4. Since we only got about an inch, I don’t think I’ll take a nap today. I’ll save it for when I really need one 😉


  5. Hmmm about now you are probably thinking the Lake House in Georgia would be a really nice to be 🙂 Loved the little balls on Katie’s leg. Reilly would sooooooo love to play in that snow – he would be ‘head down’ and bulldoze his way through it 🙂


  6. Thank you Katie! It isn’t snowing here but we’ll be careful anyway. You got in a real mess with that snow. Good job mama was there to get you unstuck! I’m sure she’ll like getting her feet wet in the house later too.
    ~lickied, Ludo!


  7. Oh, I remember those snow balls sticking everywhere…but haven’t had to deal with them at all this year! I’m a bit jealous to be honest. Feel cheated of a good, old fashioned snowstorm. Oh well, there’s always March!


    • The kids got two snow days too…I KNOW you’re jealous of that! But hold tight, there is much potential for snow days in March, I’m sure you’ll get at least one!


  8. Katie,

    Ask your mama didn’t she know Shelties are the smartest canine? You know what is good for you and it isn’t snow!!!

    She did an excellent job relaying to us your thoughts.

    Thanks, Mama


    • Katie has proven over and over that Shelties are smarter than me, that’s for sure. She usually likes to play in the snow, but this 12 inches is wet and heavy and deep, so she’s not that excited.


  9. We didn’t get near as much snow as you did, Princess Katie, but that picture of you with the snowballs hanging onto your legs really made my mama smile! She said there are times I look just like that, and then she dunks my legs in warm water in the sink so everything melts…before I leave wet trails in the house. Crazy humans, huh?? Love, Dallas


  10. The nice thing about having a blog is being able to look back to see how things were going during, say, March in 2014. The bad thing about same is that not all backward looks are encouraging. Sigh.


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