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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 !

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  • no profile photo CD5575543
    That is so nice. It's times like now when you really get to know your neighbors. This coming Spring and Summer can be so much more fun when you all know each other. emoticon to all.
    3720 days ago
  • SLASALLE
    Oh my gosh!!! Maha sent me your way to read this. We had SIMILAR experiences, but mine was not nearly the chain reaction that you had. Regardless, I believe the points are paying things forward and helping others.

    What a great story. I am so delighted that Maha pointed me in this direction because I was grinning from ear to ear as I read.

    The young rabbi that we helped (who's home is now up for sale as he was laid off (I guess even a rabbi can get laid off) is now moving to Melbourne for a new job, but he even mentioned having a cul-de-sac get-together later in the spring after their house sells, but before they move.

    I, too, am grateful to live in such a great neighborhood. Your shared meals sounds delicious, with very healthy options, topped by a little treat - but more importantly, you now have LOTS of new friends!!!

    Thanks so much for sharing.

    Stephanie
    3720 days ago
  • BONNIE627
    that was wonderful..you do indeed live in a great neighborhood..glad you all could get together..
    3721 days ago
  • VALERIEMAHA
    That's just an AMAZING story,Annette! I'm smiling from ear to ear from PURE JOY!!!
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    Maha
    BTW, check out SLASALLE'S list of gratitudes for Feb 2:

    http://www.sparkpeople.co
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    3721 days ago

    Comment edited on: 2/3/2011 8:27:36 AM
  • DAISY443
    "Heart Warming" is a hackneyed phrase, but the only thing that comes to mind. What a truly heart warming story.
    Now, could you loan me your neighbors? I could use some of that help!
    3721 days ago
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