Blizzard Bound

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Funny thing about snow bound days. They go by quickly. I always  plan on “catching up”  but somehow all I’ve managed thus far is a bit of dusting, cleaning the tub and putting my laundry away! Oh, and yoga too…

I was awakened early early this morning by the snow plows on the street and my own plow guy. My driveway is very long and sloped in places- it would take hours and hours to shovel just once. In fact, shoveling has been only attempted twice in the twenty-six years that I’ve lived here. Once, in late1992 when I was vastly pregnant with my youngest and the beast of a snow blower (bigger than I could handle) was broken, leaving my then husband to take on the task alone. He spent the next month accompanied by crippling back pain, relief only found by visits to the chiropractor. Five years later, he was nowhere to be found (off on an adventure).  With the boys too young to help and me overwhelmed, I called the teenage boys next door to clear us out. So,when my ex left nearly 8 years ago, a friend suggested I get someone to plow me out. (The snow blower was older than me and once again quite dead.) The service is a life saver and worth the money. I’m lucky that it is not expensive as my guy has known my situation.

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We still need to shovel though. There are places the plow can’t get around. For some, it would be the equivalent to clearing their own driveway. I try not get negative about the task, especially those times in the recent past when I’ve been by myself (boys away at school). I am still  young enough and in good shape. Plus I love being outside!  And the boys-both grown-know what to do. In years past, we made them get out there and take care of those areas that needed to be cleared. They naturally gravitate to the work-such a good thing for me and for them.

Round one is now done. We are expecting more snow until at least 1 am tomorrow. Wilson, my youngest son’s best friend, had fun clearing out his spot. He got word that #2 son was able to use his long arms as a human wiper (my boy is HUGE!) so he figured his whole body was the equivalent! My oldest caught the photos with my phone. (The first 2 through a window screen.)

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The boys are upstairs bonding over a Top Gear  special.  I am writing and pondering a hot shower and perhaps a bit of work on the scrapbook project that I want to complete before I get married and move.  I remember this is my last winter here and take it all in.

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I count my blessings even as these hours zoom by and the weather forces us to stay put. We have heat, food and each other.

 

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Super Sweet Blogger Award

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I was recently nominated for the Super Sweet Blogger Award by Colline at Colline’s Blog (http://collinesblog.wordpress.com/).  I want to take the time to thank her for the nomination and more importantly, being a supportive follower of my blog.

In accepting this nomination, I will tell you a bit about my sweet tooth :)

I love love  love dessert! In fact, I even wrote about it!  You can follow the link here: https://buildingalifeofhope.com/2012/08/12/sweet-cravings/

In no particular order, here are some favorites that come to mind:

1. Brownies with vanilla ice cream.  Last winter, I started making homemade ones instead of the ones from the box. Outrageous! The taste is pure and it is impossible just to have one.

2.  Good cookies. I have access to good bakeries here so I have become spoiled with these yummy delights.

3. York Peppermint Patties.  I always get a bag in my Christmas stocking and even bought three regular size ones at the grocery store today. Keeping cool in refrigerator!

4. Pie.  Usually any kind. We used to have “Pie Night” on Monday nights here when “The Closer” was on TNT. We would dashed to the kitchen during the first commercial break and load up!

5. Cake.  I like to have cake as a celebratory dessert. Any kind. Any celebration.

6, Ice Cream. I used to eat this every night for years. I like it a lot but rarely have it now.

I always crave something sweet after supper -never before.  A habit since childhood for sure. And I do have a sweet nickname but I would like to keep it private!

I would like to nominate the following bloggers for this special award:

1)  a little bird tweets Tremendous flash fiction and poetry

2)  Talicha J. Poet and Composer  Spoken and written word poet among other fabulous creative pursuits.

3)  Simple Pleasures~ Beautiful photography with words of wisdom-just lovely!

4)  storyshucker  Heartfelt, Homespun, Heartwarming, Humorous tales from everyday life. I always feel better after I read Stuart’s posts.h