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.
Our back porch this morning, as today's snow is just beginning and the wind moaning. Lovely, ain't it? A good day to stay home by the fire, take the dog for a walk down the road, and a hot toddy later. Wonderful stuff, but not too easy to mine the firewood out of the snowdrifts.
I half-hope Jose and his minions get here soon with the plow. (Why is it always Central American immigrants from the tropics doing the plowing and shoveling instead of native white or black guys? Is this a racist industry? Or am I an evil racist to even wonder?)
Walking the dog was pleasant this morning until the lovely snow turned to sleet and the wind picked up a lot and turned it quite unpleasant. Mostly getting zapped in the eyes that bothers me. Needed to walk into it to get back.
If I'd walked with my back to the wind I would have missed out on the skin enhancing exfoliation effect of the driven sleet.
Made a brief effort to find a balaclava but they are apparently all with the ski gear which is somewhere else at the moment. So I grabbed a hooded jacket. I always forget why I hate hoods until the weather is bad enough to coax me into putting one on. They turn into wind grabbers and accelerators once you turn back into the wind.
I was hoping for a little luck from stepping in dog doo but it was all frozen. I don't think that counts.
It's not for oldsters! On average 1200 people a year die as a result of shoveling snow. Add the back injuries, shoulder dislocation and heart attacks, and snow shoveling is one of the most dangerous activities senior citizens can attempt.