A Midwest Day...
Wednesday, February 02, 2011
This is why I love the midwest. Unless you live in a deep hole, you know that the storm of the 'century' passed through here last night. It was fierce. 60 mile per hour winds, snow, sleet , ice, all at the same time swirling in every direction. We had two feet of snow overnight.
When I got up this morning to let Chuli out, I couldn't open the door. It was blocked by a 3 foot snowdrift. I opened the garage door and the snow was so deep she wasn't having any of it ! The garage floor worked just as well.
After coffee, I decided I'd better get to shoveling. At my age it is fairly slow going, with breaks and needed rests thrown in I figured it would take the entire day, a little at a time. As I was shoveling, a neighbor from across the street came to help. Then the lady next door and her 12 year old son. At the end of my drive, we spotted another single, older woman and the 4 of us went down to help her out. Someone across from her came to help all of us.
We ended up with 3 men, 5 women and two children working together to clear 11 drives ! It was AWESOME. One of the mens wives brought out a big jug of hot chocolate. I was so grateful to my neighbors I invited everyone for a potluck at my house. Spouses and kids too... everyone showed up. We had a table full of food and got to know each other better. It has been one of the most enjoyable days of my life.... ( my back is aching, but a small price to pay.) I think this is the purpose of life, and I am so thankful to be living in this neighborhood in this country.
Since this is an 'eating' site: we had roast chickens, 2 green salads, a mexican rice, green beans with almonds, homemade oatmeal cookies and a plate of brownies ! What a feast on the spur of the moment !