Sunday, February 12, 2006

Snow Day

Joey, Elias and I ventured out into the snow today to do a little playing and to shovel the driveway! As Joey and I were both making little progress in the large project ahead of us, my wonderful neighbor, Ed, approaches our house with his gas powered snow blower! He had the entire driveway done in less time then it took Joey and I to get about a fifth of it shoveled. To quote Sammy Davis Jr. in Cannonball Run, "May the good Lord take a liking to you, but not to soon!"
Then as we were working on the sidewalk to the house, the plow comes down the street and pushed a large mound of snow up against the cleared driveway. I went out into the street to talk to my neighbor across the street from me, Mike. We're said hello dozens of times over the past year, but we've never really had a conversation. Today, we ended up talking for a good 15 minutes or so. It was nice! Then when Joey and I went to work on the plowed mound of snow at the end of the driveway, Mike came over with his snowblower and cleared the driveway for us.
I felt very fortunate to have such good neighbors. The last home we lived in was a duplex that we shared with a drug dealer, so we're really happy with the step-up that we've made.

While all this snow removal was going on, Elias was helping with his shovel and taking many snow eating snack breaks. I snapped a handful of pictures of this chilly day.


Amy said...

I'll trade neighbors any day.

Great pictures.

Nancy H. said...

We have been in this house for over 20 years.

Whenever it snows, we (that means Me, whichever of the 5 kids who happen to be living at home at the time, and Phil, if he hasn't already left for work) all shovel. First we would clear off our porches (the square footage of a couple of driveways) and sidewalks.
Then we would shovel out the 2 or 3 retired people on our our street and maybe a new mother if there is one..

Now the retired people are passed away or moved away. The neighbor babies grew, and their mothers moved them to a nicer neighborhood. All 5 of our kids grew up and moved to places of their own.

Still, it snows in Maryland in the winter.

There I stood, alone with my shovel and 13 inches of snow to clear. I was about 15 minutes into the task, when our neighbor Michael (about 3 years here) and his son brought their shovels and worked along side of me to clear the entire front!

How nice to be on the receiving end this time!

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