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December 13, 2009

My First Time

This is the first time for me.

The first time I don't have house plants.

The first time to not have a pet.

The first time to not be married to a guy who has a motorcycle.

The first time to be married to a guy with freckles.

The first time to be married to a composer/lead guitar player.

The first time to be happily married.

The first time to live in Nebraska (been living here over one year now).

The first time to not be working at a job.

The first time to shovel snow. It is hard work!!

The driveway looked like the length of a football field, at least when it had snow on it. The snow came up higher than my knees in some places. Our house is the third house in the curve at the end of the cul-de-sac. There were so many different machines coming around clearing out the snow off the street. Little riding lawnmowers with blades on front, trucks with the huge snow shovels in front, and some gigantic John Deere machines that were almost too large for the cul-de-sac. I didn't know the snow caused so much activity but it is good to know this little town is prepared. We didn't go anywhere the first few days of the snow storm, and then we looked in the frig and decided we needed to get to the store and as long as we were going there we would go out to lunch and to the library. It was two degrees in the morning, so we wore tee shirts with sweats over that and snow boots and two pairs of gloves and down jackets with hoods. I practically had to roll out the door just to get out there and pick up the snow shovel. We worked a couple hours to get enough of the height down so I could drive out of the garage over the snow, and we made two tracks for the tires. By the time we finished I was so tired I had to sit awhile until I could use my hands again and my legs stopped feeling like rubber. I showered and dressed and then the garage door wouldn't work. It was too cold. Tried the remote several times and got the garage door to open, and the opening in the driveway was just enough to get out with the car doors against snow banks. We had a new adventure and we worked together and accomplished plenty for one day for a couple of oldies but goodies!

Note: This picture is of the garage taken from the back porch.

20 comments:

cinner said...

Hi, I loved your lists of firsts, that was interesting. I can relate to your adventures with the snow. made me smile the two of you working together. Also you resting, I totally understand, when I shovel, there are many rest breaks. Wonderful post. take care.

Clippy Mat said...

I think I enjoyed snow shovelling the first time too. Now I just dread it. Our first snow of the season has yet to arrive here, tho' I'm sure it's on its way, soon. I hope we don't start out with as much as you had.
I will think of you when I shovel.
:-)

Shadowthorne said...

hah, let it snow, let it snow, let it snow! :)

Brian Miller said...

i really am jealous of all the snow...snow shoveling or otherwise, but it is hard work. you done well. smiles.

love the list as well. firsts are good...

otin said...

I actually used to enjoy shoveling snow. It was very therapeutic. You just have to take your time and not over do it!

Bogey said...

Hah.....rookie! You will get used to it or you may have to invest in a dog sled. And not to put a damper on your day, it is only just beginning. Plenty snow for a snowball fight though! You will survive it.

Shadowthorne said...

You are tagged, maam!

Shadow said...

lots of firsts here. but they all sound good to me... even the snow shovelling.

smiles4u said...

Oh I like your list of first times...as someone that has only lived here in middle of cold and snow and much shoveling I smiled when I read about your experiencs with the snow and shoveling. I actually don't mind shoveling...good exercise but I'm not really suppose to because of my neck but sometimes I cannot resist of because my husband is not here and I have to...:) Happy Sunday!

Ronda Laveen said...

What a wonderful list of firsts! That's a whole buncha snow.

Spencer L Casey said...

Great post, TB. I don't miss shoveling snow. Its hard work and not exactly rewarding. But, what else to do? I loved reading your firsts. That's a great way to analyze one's life.

Joanna Jenkins said...

Great list!!!!! It made me smile.

They only good thing about shoveling snow all winter long is that it can take an inch off your waistline!

Hang in there. It's only the beginning of the season.

I'm out of town this coming week and won't have an Internet connection. I'll catch up with you when I get back.

Have a great week.
xo

Attila The Mom said...

LOL Welcome to our world! Hubby dreams for snow days where he can break out "Monica" (his trusty snow blower). Then he goes and plows all the neighbors' drives too!

I just wanted to drop by and thank you for all your kind and supportive comments during our recent ordeal. I can't tell you how much I appreciate it!

Happy Holidays!

Ina in Alaska said...

Great picture! Shovelling is quite a task with that much snow. Glad you made it FUN! I love to shovel, although we do have a plower service for our driveway, we do live in Alaska it is a necessity.... xoxo

Berni said...

Do be careful shovelling snow is very hard on the heart if you are not used to it.

We bought ourselves a second hand ATV with a blade to remove snow it does it in a jiffy.

Debbie said...

Most of those first sound great expect that whole shoveling snow thing. That's why I live in the south:)

Kulio said...

I didn't realize it was so recent! Firsts, that is really cool. Sounds like you're embracing life.

A Free Man said...

I don't know if I've ever had to shovel snow. Certainly not in the last 20 years and before that I would have just been a kid 'helping'. Enjoy your first proper winter.

heartinsanfrancisco said...

I am really so glad I no longer have to shovel snow, scrape ice off windshields, and drive to work on icy roads. But it IS beautiful, and there is a wonderful feeling of accomplishment when you've finished shoveling and defrosted the lock on your car door so you can drive to work on icy roads. I know, I'm a little fixated on those icy roads.

Be careful, okay? And don't forget to stop and smell the hot chocolate.

jozien said...

You have more snow than us!
I am happy for you, and also for you being happily married. That means there is hope for me.:) Thanks