if you've been following the story, you know that i've spent a lot of time this winter building first the snow cave:
invasion of the mole people
into the hole
into the hole again
and then, after the thaw, building snohaus, which took a lot of hours over a lot of days.
the thing about building anything out of snow is that it's ephemeral. you can work and work and make it beautiful and smooth and square your lines and then one day the sun will come out and you know you've seen the last of winter; there will be no more snow for the year.
it's kind of a nice way to mark the coming of spring, but it's not for the faint of heart. you have to be willing to watch your beautiful creation melt and collapse.