It is snowing today.
(Or should I say still?)
I always fancied myself to try not to be one who complains about things that we have no control over. I think the weather falls under that category. In my eyes, we have two choices – either deal with it, or move somewhere else.
Since I don't see myself moving anytime soon, I think that I need to suck it up and take a breath and use this 'indoor time' wisely to do other things. And I plan to do that.
Yesterday Keith shoveled the additional foot of snow that had accumulated at the end of our driveway at about 3pm. The entire area was closed. The bank and post office were closed. Most of the businesses were closed. Even the grocery stores were closed. But Keith wanted to go to his mom's to work on some things in the shop there, so bound and determined, he shoveled:
As I watched him shovel, I couldn't help but feel a bit worried. But knowing him, I knew that he woudl go. And go he did.
He made it there safe and sound and I had a quiet afternoon/evening to work on my paper work. It all worked out well.
When he returned home, a little after midnight, he had told me that he barely got in the driveway. I had been snowing off and on since he left, but they were doing a pretty good job of keeping the roads passable. Of course, our driveway was a different story. His little Sunfire may be not the prettiest car in the world, but it is like a little tank and for the six years that I have known him, it has never let us down. It didn't this time either, and he made it to his parking space with little trouble, through another several inches of snow.
When I awoke this morning, it was (and IS!) once again snowing. I looked out to the driveway and saw that Simone, our landlord, wasn't as fortunate as Kieth. Her car was stuck, as is our friend Lee's. Lee worked the night shift and comes home around 7am. His car is in about 18 inches of snow. There is a little traffic jam at the end of our driveway where Kieth just shoveled.
It is no better to the other side. After spending most of the day shoveling his driveway, our neighbor to the south seems to have just given up:
After all – what's the point?
I seem to have "Lara's Theme" playing over and over in my head these days. I am glad we have heat, water, food and are all good and comfortable. I suppose it is a good time to get paperwork done, and I made great progress yesterday. I plan to do it again today.
I spent the evening watching a moving and working on a new project for myself. I needed something besides numbers to fill my evening and I was surrounded by three loving cats. What I am working on is going to be cool (I think!) and it is a good distraction from the growing blanket of white outside.
The photo isn't great, but you will see more later on.
As someone who really doesn't mind the snow or four seasons, I must admit that I am a bit weary. It is times like this that I know I need to be patient and happy and that is just what I am going to do. I feel bad for those who are struggling because of the snow. Halifax got over two feet additional snow yesterday. I have to be grateful that it didn't come the previous day when Keith was driving there and back. I would have been worried even more.
Tomorrow Spring will arrive! I can be pretty sure that I will not wake up to beautiful green grasses and blossoms blooming. But eventually, the snow will melt and the warm weather will be here and our world here will be green again. Until then, I just need to enjoy the good things that I have here and maybe make a pot of chili.
Happy Thursday to you all!
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"