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.
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.
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.
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.
I always wonder what she thinks she’s going to find under there. Apparently it’s something wonderful.
The yard was so pretty it was hard to go back inside.
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.
So we did, but not without one last look back at the yard, dressed in it’s winter finery.
Almost makes staying north all winter worth it.