Change Is Hard

…but change is certain.

The zen of snow blowing


Early morning light shows promise.

Last night we got five or six inches of fluffy snow. Early in the morning, taking Katie out for her first foray into the yard I noticed, even in the dark, how beautiful everything looked. With no wind, and the sun just beginning to edge up into the sky, I could tell it was going to be a great day for blowing out the driveway.

What you say? No one enjoys snow removal?

Well, on a pretty morning, under bluing skies, with fluffy white poofs of snow hanging on the spruce trees and white birch glowing, being outside for any reason is just about perfect.

It’s going to be a pretty day!

And blowing snow out of the driveway is sort of peaceful. There’s a rhythm to it, up and down, back and forth. Mindful more than mindless, as I try not to spray snow and perhaps stones on my husband’s truck parked in front of the house.

There’s a beginning, a middle and an end which lends itself to a sense of order. You can see progress. You can get as creative or as efficient as you want. Sometimes creative is efficient.

The first run down the driveway determines all the rest.

So I cleaned up the driveway, and then, since I was already dressed for it, Katie and I went out to explore the back yard.

Hurry up mama!

We had a great time running around and looking for pretty stuff. Five inches of snow is the perfect amount for a sheltie to bury her head searching for treasure.

It’s right HERE mama!

I always wonder what she thinks she’s going to find under there. Apparently it’s something wonderful.

Darn, I was THIS close to finding it!

The yard was so pretty it was hard to go back inside.

Snow piled up on everything.

But Katie felt that since she had posed for me several times and since I hadn’t thought to bring any treats outside with me, well, we should probably head back to the house.

Race you!

So we did, but not without one last look back at the yard, dressed in it’s winter finery.

Sooooo pretty!

Almost makes staying north all winter worth it.

Typical winter in Michigan.


We’ll come out to play again today sweetie.

Author: dawnkinster

I'm a long time banker having worked in banks since the age of 17. I took a break when I turned 50 and went back to school. I graduated right when the economy took a turn for the worst and after a year of library work found myself unemployed. I was lucky that my previous bank employer wanted me back. So here I am again, a long time banker. Change is hard.

25 thoughts on “The zen of snow blowing

  1. This is what I think of snow in winter. So pretty. I suppose your place is away from the city that snow comes naturally white. Katie in tow makes it for a perfect walk. How did the walkway turn out with the blower?

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    • It IS beautiful, and yes we are outside the city, so it stays pretty for quite awhile. Katie LOVES snow. The driveway cleans up pretty nice. It’s black, and when the sun shines on it, if it’s been even badly cleaned up, it melts pretty clean away. As long as I get it pretty clean it all works out.


  2. I do love the beauty of the snow, and when I was younger, I loved walking in it as it fell, especially when the flakes were large. Then it melts a bit and freezes again and walking in it becomes treacherous or difficult at the least, and I begin to feel trapped. Even if I have nowhere I want to go, I don’t like the feeling that I shouldn’t.


    • For me, not having anywhere to go makes me love the snow more…because I don’t have to be afraid of it. Today was a holiday so lots of people are home and can enjoy it without having to commute…that made it even more perfect.

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      • I’ve always had an issue when I feel I “can’t” go anywhere – even if there’s nowhere I really want to go. But here, sometimes even getting to the bigger town down the road for groceries can be a challenge, and getting up to see my daughter or south to see my son is major. Later this week, I’m leaving it in the hands of the universe and going south to get my fix of time with my son and time on the beach. Holding my breath that the weather cooperates.


  3. New fallen snow is so peaceful. I love how it muffles sound and changes the light, especially in the morning. Your images capture that beautifully. But, like you, I’m done with it this winter. We’ve had so much snow, there’s now where left to put it. I’m thankful for daylight lasting longer now and on sunny days you can almost feel some warmth. It feels hopeful.


  4. Now *this* is the kind of winter day that’s practically perfect! Sadly, we haven’t seen many of them. Instead, we get frozen precipitation, gray skies, howling winds, sub-zero temperatures. All the dreadful things Dallas and I really dislike!


    • We’ve had a couple days this winter of pretty snow. Most of the really bad stuff has gone south of us…I guess to you! We had a lot of cold, but not having to go anywhere really makes that not so bad. We did lose 3 rehearsals because the schools have been closed so much. We have a concert next Sunday.

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  5. Good thing you enjoy it because that’s a long driveway! Beautiful day and beautiful pics.


    • Yes it is a pretty long driveway, and it curves up there near the house to a really big parking area. But I guess if I’m going to clear snow I might as well go big! We do the neighbor’s driveway too…so sometimes it does get a bit much.


  6. Your backyard is so pretty. Even Katie with her head in the snow is pretty. I do love looking at photos of the snow.


  7. It’s all so beautiful. I love that shot of Katie looking for treasure under the snow and her face afterwards. 🙂

    We’ve had pretty much nothing but rain here. Rumor has it that we might get a lot of heavy snow very quickly tomorrow morning but it will change over to heavy rain within a few hours. I might get an hour of snow time out of it, if I’m quick enough.


  8. Katie is gorgeous! Thank you for sharing the pictures.


  9. You had a pretty snow blowing day! We are supposed to get another storm late tonight into tomorrow. In the link about my Drawing is a few free classes. One is 40 days of praise.
    Katie is so pretty in the snow:)


  10. It does look beautiful. As long as it doesn’t get in the way of life it’s ok. We had an early dismissal in school today because of the snow coming. Turned out to be about 3 inches- no big deal. Tomorrow temps near 50. That is some long driveway!!


  11. That is a long driveway!!!


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