I'm learning so many new things here in our home on the prairie. For example, the Merriam-Webster dictionary defines a Blizzard as: an intensely strong cold wind filled with fine snow. Let me tell you, the definition doesn't even come close to defining the actual experience. When a storm warning is issued around here, they're not kidding. I'm also coming to more fully appreciate the term "snowed-in". This morning, I awoke to snow drifts four feet deep in front of our door and across our driveway. We have the use of a friend's snow blower, but I've yet to make it's acquaintance. The Frenchman has had occasion to use it twice, so far, this year and tells me it's quite a work out. While I have no doubt that's true, I'm quite confident it's a far superior method of snow removal than the shovel, which is what I've been using for the task. After much exertion, I managed to clear a path from our doorway to the sheet of ice that used to be our driveway. I went back inside to warm up and rest before attempting the daunting task of removing some of the snow that's piled at our gate. It's four feet high, hard packed, and covers an area about 10 feet square - perfect igloo making material. I managed to cut a narrow path the width of my shovel about halfway through before I had to abandon it. It's exhausting work and I feel like Sisyphus pushing his rock up the hill. For every shovelful of snow I heave out of the way, the wind blows half it back in my face. The photo above was taken a few days ago. The bicycle is completely buried today. Where's the Frenchman while I'm slaving away in the snow, you ask? He literally worked all night, driving his semi-trailer in near white-out conditions and managed, with much perseverance and prayer, to make it home just before dawn. He had to park his pick-up on the side of the road outside our gate and he's inside getting some much needed sleep. He has a crazy job!
"Say Yes. Be generous. Love more. Trust yourself. Speak up. Slow down." Patti Digh Author
"We're all downstream." David Suzuki, Environmentalist
"It's impossible, that's sure. So let's start working." Philippe Petit, Wirewalker
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