Monday, March 05, 2012


There were no witnesses to see the moment of Frosty II's death. One minute he was there, and the next he was gone.

The blizzard of snowflakes falling quickly buried evidence that could have given clues to any violence that occurred.We were puzzled and sad. How could one so very new, meet his death so prematurely?

As the layers of snow slowly melted away, one day at a time, there remained a tell-tale lump, more densely packed, where he once stood. But the earth and grass were still obscured by white.

But by the end of a rather sunny and mild Saturday, all was made clear.
It appears that Frosty II may have been prone to clumsiness, for he fell, flat on his face, and presumably suffocated.
Smothered by snow, a most embarrassing death for a snowman, so I'm told. They much prefer to be seen as strong symbols of the joyful time, standing upright until the end of their melting.
Poor Frosty II.
And why is there a ladder propped up against the porch roof, you ask?

We had a chimney fire in the middle of Friday night. Our first 911 call in 12 1/2 years of marriage. A sleep-less night which included two fire engines,  one command rig, half a dozen Firefighters in and out of the house, up and down the stairs, climbing in and out of the attic, and two kids that slept through the entire ordeal.
And thankfully, there was no damage to the house (unless you count the water-logged woodstove). We are pretty sure that we will have to re-line the chimney, and may have to get a new stove (ouch!). But we have electric heat to fall back on. It could have been so much worse.
2012 can only get better from here, right?


MoonBeam said...

Love the Frosty and kid pix!

So glad the fire wasn't worse.

Be well...


milly said...


Poor old Frosty!

So glad your fire was no worse.

Marie said...

This started out as such a fun post! I love the Frosty pics and the story of his demise.

Then the chimney fire! Wow! May I say again that I'm SOOOOO glad it wasn't worse!

Here's praying that things will get much better for you as 2012 progresses.

Happy Spring to you!

(fun message to get my comment posted to you: "Please prove you're not a robot"!! It made me laugh!)

Lori from Notforgotten Farm said...

How absolutely rib-tickling was your take on the poor snowfolks' demise...oh boy I'm still giggling!!! and so happy to know that you are safe & sound, sans woodstove ~ we heat (mostly) exclusively her ein the farmhouse and shop with them, and we have experienced a couple of fires ourselves,..NOT FUN...we purchased a stainless chimney liner (a little more $$ but so worth it) ~ you have to get a poly-brush to clean it me if you need more info!

Heather said...

I am so glad you are all okay. Poor Frosty.

Catherine said...

So glad you are all okay! Loved your story of Frosty's ending....

Dana Baker said...

Poor Frosty, now he kind of resembles Casper the ghost.

What a scary ordeal with the fire!! Thankful you and your family are safe and sound.

valerie said...

Love the photos! Thank goodness the fire was manageable. How scary! I'm glad you all are safe and the house is ok.

Peggy Lee said...

Ohmigosh...Frosty is gone!
Don't worry, he'll be back again some day.

I am so glad the fire wasn't worse! My brother had a similar experience...he saw it while he was leaving for work. So glad he turned around and went back!

Joy said...

So glad you are scary to have a fire. Love the melted snowman and kids photo.

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Mindi said...

I'm so glad the fire wasn't any worse, causing damage or smoke inhalation problems for the family.