December 8, 6:00 PM. It started to snow. The first snow of the season! We
poured wine and sat for hours by the window, watching the huge soft flakes
drift down. It looked like a Grandma Moses Print, so romantic, we felt like
newlyweds again. I love snow!

December 9: Woke to a blanket of crystal white snow covering the landscape.
What a fantastic sight! Moving here was the best idea I've ever had.
Shoveled for the first time in years and felt like a kid again. Did the both
driveway and sidewalks. What a perfect life!

December 12: Sun melted all the lovely snow but good neighbor said we'd have
a white Christmas. Then commented that by the end of Winter I'd never want
to see snow again. Hah!

December 14: Snow, Lovely snow! 8" last night and cold, too. Wind took my
breath away but warmed up shoveling. This is the life! Later, the snowplow
came back, again, but I'm getting in better shape. Just wish I didn't huff
and puff so much.

December 15: 20 inches forecast. Sold the van and bought a 4x4; snow tires
for the wife's car plus two extra. Shoveled, then stocked the freezer. Wife
wants a wood stove in case power goes off. I think that's silly - we aren't
in Alaska!

December 16: Ice storm this morning. Landed on my butt trying to salt the
driveway. Hurt real bad. Wife laughed for an hour. (I think that was very cruel.)

December 17: Too cold and icy to go anywhere. Power was off for five hours.
Piled on blankets to stay warm with nothing to do but stare at the wife & try
not to upset her. Can't believe I'm freezing to death in my own living room.
(Won't admit that I should have bought wood stove: hate it when she's right.)


December 20: Power's back on and had another 14" of the stuff. Shoveled all
day. Snowplow came by twice. Kids too busy playing hockey to help. Hardware
store sold out. Next shipment of snow blowers due in March. Neighbor says I
have to shovel or city will have it done and bill me. (Think he's lying.)

December 22: White Christmas!!! 13" more of the white stuff and it's so cold
it won't melt 'til August. Tried to shovel - just too tired. Tried to get
help from neighbor who has snow plow on his truck but he said he was too
busy. (Sure he's lying.)

December 23: Only 2" of snow today and had warmed up to zero. Wife wanted
me to decorate the front of the house. What is she nuts?!? Why didn't she tell
me to do that a month ago? Says she did. (Think she's lying.)

December 24: 6". Snow packed so hard by snowplow, I broke the shovel. I'm
gonna get that snow plow driver. (I know he waits around the corner to see
if I'm finished, then roars by at 100, sending snow flying all over.) Wife
wanted me to sing carols with her and open our presents, but I was busy
watching for the darn snow plow.

December 25: Merry Christmas. Another 20" of the slop. Snowed in again and
the idea of shoveling makes my blood boil. I hate snow! Then the snowplow
driver came by asking for a donation. I wanted to hit him over the head with
my shovel. Wife says I have a bad attitude. I think she's an idiot and if I have
to watch "It's a Wonderful Life" one more time, I'll throw her in the snowbank.

December 26: Still snowed in.

December 27: Temperature dropped another 30 degrees and the pipes froze.

December 28: Warmed up to minus 25. Still snowed in and the wife is making
me crazy!!!!!!

December 29: Another 10". Neighbor says I have to shovel the roof before it
caves in. That's the silliest thing I ever heard. How dumb does he think I am?

December 30: Roof caved in. Another 9" in forecast.

December 31: Set fire to what's left of the house: no more shoveling!!

January 8: I feel sooooo good. I just love those little white pills they
keep giving me. Why am I tied to the bed?