Monday, February 23, 2015

Snowmen Worth Building

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Having done the required once-a-year sledding and made the obligatory snow ice cream, there's really only one reason to venture out: snowmen. Feeling frisky, I decided to look for some snowman inspiration on Ye Olde Internet, or as Juggernaut recently dubbed it, The Online.

The Online is rarely a fast look-see for me anymore. I'm not talking about download speed. Chat, Facebook, Instagram, email...it's too easy to get sucked in. By now, I'm sure you've all found yourself in the position of falling down the rabbit hole of the internet. If not, let me explain what it looks like.

Getting sucked into The Online goes something like this: 
       1. "Hey, look at that! That's cool; oh, look!"
       2. There's a link (click).
       3. Oh, wow! That one is even cooler! Come see
           this, Gonzo!"
       4. Go back to #1. Repeat the cycle until you
           have carpal tunnel syndrome.

Thankfully, I don't have to go outside to enjoy snow dudes. The internet search for inspired and creative snowmen was fun and I found more than one creator of unique snowmen who should get an award for cleverness. Where should I start? These chilly creations are my personal favorites - and I didn't have to put on gloves or go outside to enjoy them.

Let's look at some snowmen that are truly worth building and I'll make up my own awards along the way!

THE OLD FAVORITE AWARD

Snoopy reclining on your lawn would be a near perfect snowman. If you don't love this Charles Schultz's Peanuts cartoon, you're not American (stop right there...I know many of you aren't American). Snoopy is a national treasure, but we share. Start rolling that snow ball...

THE WHY-DIDN'T-I-THINK-OF THAT AWARD


The amazing thing about the snowman above is he was only half that size 
before he started lifting and I'm told he never does a warm up. Sweet.

THE WE-CAUGHT-A-LIVE-ONE AWARD

Why in the world would you trap your own kind in a cage? Why, why, why? 
How cold hearted! What did they use for bait? An ice cube?


THE CREEPY SNOWMAN AWARD

Gotta ask this question: 
What would YOU think if you were driving along and 
saw someone building snowmen in a graveyard? 

That guy is a special breed.

THE I'LL-DRINK-TO-THAT AWARD


Though I'm told you lose a lot of warm via your head, it never occurred 
to me to just wear a hat and shoes in the snow. But now that I know...


THE AWWW-POOR-KITTY AWARD

He's lonely and wants to invite his new friend in. Anyone 
want to guess the name of the kitty outside? I say it's Snowball.


THE MORE, THE MERRIER AWARD

When I came across this picture, I had two questions I wanted to ask.
 The first was "who did this?" and the second was "when can we hang out?" 

32 comments:

  1. Good morning, dear Cherdo!

    The week's off to a shaky start. This new post of yours wasn't in my reader. ): I thought you were taking the day off or perhaps you got your publishing pm's and am's mixed up again. In addition, one of your snowman pictures does not load on my computer so I'll need to use my imagination. ):

    I've been waiting all winter to build my version of Dolly Parton but, as you know, snow is in short supply here in Florida and I'm gonna need a ton of it. Time's running out! ):

    What I find most interesting about these pictures of snowmen is that, when I was a boy, "snow art" was left to the experts. It was not the mainstream activity it seems to be today. When I was young every greeting card depicted the traditional Frosty the Snow Man and every kid I knew built a traditional snowman like him with only slight variations. Way back when there were only three flavors of ice cream - chocolate, vanilla and strawberry. These days ice cream, coffee, tea, and just about every food and beverage imaginable comes in a variety of flavors. I just bought a can of fudge ripple motor oil! My question is, why did it take decades for a high percentage of the population to start thinking outside the box and getting creative? Clearly, the catalyst must be The Online aka Ye Olde Internet, the innovation responsible for spreading new ideas and images instantly around the globe, and encouraging people to stage friendly competitions to determine who can build the most original snowman, etc. etc etc.

    Thanks for an entertaining start to the week, dear friend Cherdo!

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    1. I don't know why the post wouldn't show up, but that would explain why I have a low number of readers this morning. It posted at midnight (it's tough when you are slowly losing your mind). I'm not sure about the picture...I can still see it on three different browsers.

      Wow, I'm a wealth of information and helpfulness. I need to get on the fix, brother!

      Thanks for keeping me honest, bro! Big hug! Have a great day!

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    2. I figured out the problem! Yay! I can be taught something after all! Thanks, again! I wouldn't have looked for my own blog in the reader. You save me. :-)

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    3. All of the pictures load now. The Creepy Award was the one I couldn't see before.

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  2. Cherdo, I'll just stay inside and surf the net with you for the best snowmen awards. Great job with this!

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    1. Thanks, Linda! We need to conserve the heat...

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  3. I love the Snoopy one. But knowing me, I'd probably make a creepy snowman. I'm a sucker for year-round Halloween-inspired stuff. Even snowmen! ;)

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    1. Halloween is my favorite holiday: costumes, candy and kids. How could it not be wonderful?

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  4. They're like Calvin & Hobbes cartoons come to life!

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    1. My hubby loves that cartoon; he truly does. We have several C & H books laying around.

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  5. I loved them all, but especially the Snoopy one!

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    1. You have to love Snoopy! He's....Snoopy! We even have a Peanuts nativity scene at Christmas. I'm hoping that's not sacrilegious.

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  6. Hokey-Smoke, CHERDO! Best snowmen, snowcat, snowwinos, snowzombies, snowtrapper, snowgymrat, snowsnoopy, and snowmallow EVER!

    In that last photo the snowmen seem to be protesting. Hard to read the signs because they're so small but to my eyes it looks like they say, "More Pay, Less Sun!" God help the scab who crosses THAT picket line!

    CHERDO, may your Internet searches always be fruitful and staypuft.

    ~ D-FensDogg
    'Loyal American Underground'

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    1. Thank you - from your lips to God's ears. Stay cool...or warm...you get to chose.

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  7. I think that last one looks like a future project me. If I get enough snow.

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    1. Or a hundred friends willing to do one little snowman...is that too much to ask?

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  8. Those snowmen are SO creative! I can relate to the great Internet time-suck...especially social media. It's far too easy to spend way too much time on it.

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    1. It doesn't hurt to fall in the black hole every now and then, but too much of it and you accomplish zip. I try to steer clear as best I can.

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  9. I think the more important question is: What if you were driving past the graveyard and saw the silhouettes of the=ose things emerging from the ground? I'd have a heart attack :P

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    1. Yes, I probably would! And wreck the car.

      There's an old cemetery in town - it's nicknamed The Old Gray. Beautiful old markers and mausoleums are in the graveyard. My husband and I were waiting for my son and got tired of just sitting in the car, so we were driving through Old Gray. Some of the carvings and statues are really great. We saw a tombstone with a large bird on it and drove over to see it. I decided to take a picture of the bird carving. I got about four feet from it, held up my camera - and it turned and looked at me and flew away. No joke; it gave me chest pain.

      So, I guess I might have the heart attack. Also, I need to remember to use that story next Halloween...

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  10. If I could have Snow Snoopy in my yard, I would consider moving back to the land of snow.

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. That's right, Janie. I wish you lived next door to me. We'd find a place where we could build a great snow dog.

      Love,
      Cherdo

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    2. Ha ha ha... Come on, girl! Dog or no, I'll take you! How did I miss replying to all the posts from Michael on down?? I'm losing it.

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  11. Creepy award! Too bad I don't have little kidlings to send out to do something like this for me... Or something all flounce-a-delic.

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    1. Flounce-a-delic would be delightful. Perhaps glitter, too.

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  12. I love, love, love these pictures of snowmen! I can't even begin to remember the last time I had enough snow to build one. In North Central Texas, Wichita Falls, we had a freaky snowfall and I went out and built one. That was over 20 years ago and where I live now--not a chance unless the climate change gives us real winters!

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    1. Catherine, for you, I'll mail a big box of snow and ice. I don't want you to feel left out. I'll use Tupperware. (Thanks!)

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  13. Had to be a ton of people doing that last one, if not that had to take a long arse time. I just used to see how big I could get them.

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    1. It's like snow minions or snow lemmings. Whatever it is, I like it.

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  14. Great job! Do you suppose that the last picture is something like how the Terra Cotta Army in China got started?

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    1. It was the alternate choice because the snow men would have melted in the tomb. They passed out clay balls...you know the rest of the story. ;-)

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  15. I am late getting to all my blogs:) I love these!! We have a great comedian up here called Rick Mercer who has his own show called "Rick Mercer Reports". I can't remember which Canuck city he was in but everyone got together to do snowmen to break a world record...and they did! I love creativity. Love the ghouls and the 2 men having a beer. There are some kids I wouldn't mind seeing in a cage:) Yesterday, on the news, they showcased a 14 yr old girl who created beautiful works out of snow including "David"-from the chest up:)

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Thanks for your personal yada, yada, yada,
Love, Cherdo