We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Is anything more inviting than a cozy Dunkin' Donuts early on a cold snowy morning? Hot chocolate or coffee? Or both?
The friendly and cheerful legal Hispanic gals there know what you like and they manage to get to work on time no matter what the weather or "climate" offers. I am usually game for a plain stick. And a medium milk no sugar.
Then to the shoveling as the wind whistles and moans through the trees. A good workout. That chest pain is just in your imagination...
Yes, there is something more cozy: staying inside one's own house and not braving the elements. Step it up a notch by lighting a fire in the fireplace, using Nantucket knots made on the spot. Warm yourself on the hearth. Coziest of all is to shovel the snow first, and reward yourself with the fire. Which also shows that the best way to adapt to cold weather is to get outside and move around. Just make sure that shoveling snow isn't the first exercise you've done in a year.
That Blizzard of '78 closed places down that had never been closed down before.