As daytime temperatures begin to climb, and things begin to thaw, the result is mud. We have a wallow suitable for a hippopotamus at the bottom of our front stairs. This will be taken care of as soon as the snow finishes melting - Cliff will grade a slope away from the house, and will bring in LOTS of gravel for us. Nothing much we can do until the snow goes away, and it is the bain of every newcomer to the area who starts a homesite from scratch. I'm not complaining, just commenting - I wouldn't trade my mud for all the paved parking lots in the lower mainland!