Snow Conquerer

When we went to bed here in western Montana on Saturday night, snow was coming down quite heavily. The weather forecasters predicted two to four inches. On Sunday morning, we woke up to what seemed like much more! And it's still coming down even as I write this. You know what that means -- time to get to shoveling!

Being new homeowners, this was the first time the Best Husband Ever and I were responsible for snow removal on property of our very own. I can't speak for him, but I know that that fact made my first snow shoveling experience rather exciting. A milestone if you will. A sweaty, snowy milestone.

You might imagine that my exuberance over hard-core shoveling dwindled fairly rapidly. You would be correct. Still, in spite of the hard work and the fact that my fingers froze until I stuffed a pair of Hotties inside my gloves, I did like shoveling. There's something about accomplishing a chore in the form of non-traditional exercise (i.e., not in a gym, with a workout video, etc.), especially if it gets me out into the SAD-fighting, cloud-penetrating sunshine. I felt very good about myself as I surveyed my work:

Yep, I'd call that a job well done! It took me about an hour to clear the front and back of our house, including the sidewalk. I even put some salt down and managed to meet a new neighbor. Snow days bring people together! And, of course, they make fantastic [very slippery] hooping occasions:

Then again, any occasion is a good one for hooping. The same with coffee, which is how I wrapped up my snowbound adventures. Get your free, fabulous, delicious Green Mountain coffee sampler here -- and you have a very good chance at winning, because no one has entered the giveaway yet. Hard to believe, but true! So that means that the winner could very easily be you!

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