Dixie Enjoying the Snow

Dixie Enjoying the Snow

 

I love snow!  Growing up in Galveston, Texas, and Pumpkin Center, Louisiana, snow was precious.  Even a few flakes would mean school was out and we would do our best to put together a snowball to throw at each other.

My first winter in NYC was magical because of a very snowy season.  There is nothing like New York City after a heavy snow.  When I moved north, it got even better.

Two snow storms in a row set the stage for some winter fun.  Of course, our long-haired animals, loved it.  Dixie and Rosie, our dogs, chased each other in the snow until they dropped.  The sheep seemed to hardly notice the downfall, and the chickens avoided the snow like the plague.

My family threw snowballs, rode sleds down our hill, and I enjoyed my favorite pastime, cooking. While my daughters baked,  I made something overly complicated but yummy.  My daughters made pumpkin muffins and my wife kept us from destroying the whole kitchen in the process.

We forgot, our Newfoundland, Dixie, was waiting for us to let our guard down.  She looks like a big black rug laying on the floor until she lulls us into a false sense of security, then she pounces.  Dixie, because she is so big, can reach any surface in our kitchen, and can eat anything we leave unattended.  In the past, she has eaten a pound of butter, a whole raw chicken, two sea bass filets that were still cooking in the pan, and too many other things to mention.

My daughters made a dozen pumpkin muffins and, between them and their brother, they ate 4 of them, then briefly walked out of the kitchen.  Dixie then put her big paws up on the counter and devoured the 8 unattended pumpkin muffins along with the paper wrappers! When she was done, she went and lay down like a big ole black rug.  We never learn.

Sheep in the Snow

Sheep in the Snow

Rosie and Dixie

Rosie and Dixie

Chickens Avoiding the Snow

Chickens Avoiding the Snow

Dixie After Cupcakes

Dixie After Muffins

Photos by Jimmy Crisp

By Published On: February 14th, 2017Categories: Animals, Chickens, Dogs, Miscellaneous, Sheep12 Comments

About the Author: James Crisp

James M. Crisp has been an architect for well over 30 years. His architectural firm, Crisp Architects, designs projects throughout New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Massachusetts. In April of 2007, Taunton Press published 'On the Porch' by James M. Crisp and Sandra Mahoney.

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12 Comments

  1. Mary February 23, 2017 at 6:01 am

    Dixie worked up an appetite with all that snow. And it was very kind of her sisters to bake and leave her some delicious pumpkin muffins. What a loving family. Up here in Canada we know snow, too. I still find it magical, my husband thinks I’m crazy. But there’s nothing like baking and watching a good snowstorm when you have no where to go. Our golden retriever, Holly likes both the snow and baking, too.

  2. James Crisp February 23, 2017 at 6:30 am

    I hope Holly isn’t as sneaky as Dixie.

  3. Rob Karosis February 23, 2017 at 6:31 am

    Great photos Jimmy!

  4. James Crisp February 23, 2017 at 6:33 am

    You too!

  5. Denise February 23, 2017 at 7:26 am

    Gorgeous curved stairways, handsome Dutch doors leading to beautiful interiors, and I always enjoy the illustrative photos and your snippets of life with the Crisp family. Thank you!

  6. jeanne k barton February 23, 2017 at 8:05 am

    Thanks for capturing the snowstorm mood. Sheep in the Snow could be a painting.

  7. James Crisp February 23, 2017 at 9:00 am

    Thank you

  8. Edward "Ted" Latimer February 23, 2017 at 11:12 am

    My Pug and I are thoroughly enjoying our first New England winter!
    The snow is beautiful as are the pictures of you masterfully executed work…

    Friends and clients from Rancho Mirage and Palm Springs continue to question my sanity but with woodwork details such as these and previous examples, I am not missing PS Modernisim week!
    Thank you!

  9. Debbie Mahoney February 23, 2017 at 9:53 pm

    Love the great pictures of the animals in the snow, especially Dixie. Our beloved Landseer, Toby, loved to lie in the snow too, until he looked like a snow dog sculpture.

  10. James Crisp February 23, 2017 at 10:11 pm

    When you have that much fur, it must be wonderful to sit in the snow.

  11. Linda Sullivan April 8, 2017 at 2:54 pm

    my Sarah has snatched 5 pounds of sweet potatoes from the counter..bowls of apples and whatever else she can get her big Newfy paws on…cast iron stomach…then she turns back into a rug..love her

  12. James Crisp April 10, 2017 at 7:22 am

    Those Newfys.

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