Our 2009 is ending in a white wrapping of snow.
We've had two additional snow events since The Christmas Eve Blizzard.
I don't mind shoveling snow. . . IF it's not miserably cold and IF it's not the really wet and heavy kind. In fact, the kind of snow we've had has been the good kind. Well, the HUGE amount we received in the first snowfall was more than I would want to handle with a shovel. Snow blowers were in order for that amount. However, the last two snow falls have been in the 2 inch range. That's where I don't really mind taking the shovel to our driveway and working away for a bit.
If you're relatively healthy, snow shoveling is a great way to get a little exercise and also a perfect opportunity to get lost in some "thinking time".However, sometimes the best part of the job is just putting that shovel aside for awhile and . . .
taking up a little scoop of snow in your gloved hands.
Then after packing it into the perfect orb,
you roll it along atop the ground,
watching as it grows and grows,
all the while recalling doing the same thing many years ago,
when your hands were small and covered with smooth, young skin.
Then, you repeat the process,
but stopping sooner so it remains just a bit smaller.
After adding it to the first,
and with one more trip to the snow,
you create the perfect, final form.
When placed on top of the other two. . . .
and adorned with some buttons and a carrot,
you have brought a snow person to life----- again.
Then you find yourself remembering similar days in years gone by. . .
days spent busily creating snow creatures of all sizes and shapes- - -
and snow forts.
You remember how you spent HOURS in the cold with your friends and siblings. . .
building, fighting, and loving the white gift from above.
You remember your own kiddos longing for it to snow
so they could use their new sleds
or wear their new snowsuits.
THEN you remember the first year your hubby got his snow blower attachment for his . . . . .
big ol John Deere lawn mower!
What a glorious day that was for him! (Hmmmm- just noticed the frozen garden hose on the driveway. Tacky, tacky!)
Yep, snow can be rough and cause lots of problems for us, but it can also be a gift and . . . .
bring us lots of fun
and good feelings and sweet memories!
It can also be a way to deliver a message. . . .
like this Happy New Year shout out THE STONE RABBIT, Frosty and I are sending to you!
We hope it's filled with fun, happiness, and good health!
AND that's a wrap to 2009!