Winter white

Monday, January 10, 2011 |
I'm with the theory that if it's going to be winter and the temperature chilly, then there should be snow. After all, the season would be wasted if we didn't have something to enjoy.


How can you argue with predawn beauty?

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I love how everything is so fresh and crisp. The neighborhood was still soundly asleep when I snuck out for a few shots. I would have been too but the snow plow coming down our street took care of that. So worth it once I realized how beautiful my morning began.


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This was the first one I took. It's very blurry and completely out of focus but I like it nonetheless. It has a warmth to it with the porch light on and the sun coming up.

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Little Bentley's first real introduction to snow. He wasn't all that thrilled on the first take but once Bozley started playing around, he changed his mind and came around.

The romance of the fresh fallen snow had worn off and the reality of the situation at hand and looming.

Snow Removal!

We own a HUGE snow blower.
It has gears.
Ginormous blades.
It rotates
and even backs up.
I think it even has turn signals ~ I'm not joking.

I'll be honest, I'm afraid of it.
My husband has shown me how to operate this massive piece of machinery but in the back of my mind I'm saying s h o v e l!

Had I thought ahead, I would have hired a hot  lawn boy to step in with such needs in my husband's absence.
Note to self!

A mere few minutes into my panic attack, the phone rings with a life line ...

Bill {neighbor} is coming over to do my drive. FABULOUS! I'll trade him his snow services for the use of our snow blower. He was thrilled {as all men are} to try out a new toy.

Best trade I've ever made!

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This is the monster in question.

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Look at those blades ~ they're vicious! 
You've heard those horrible snow blower stories on the news. I don't care to be a headline feature any time soon.

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Seriously, who needs something this big? We do live in civilisation; I've checked. 

Oh yea, now I remember ...

You end up with one of these bad boys when you {husband} wait too long to purchase a snow blower and all the reasonable machines sell out.

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I'm toasty warm inside my home while my generous neighbor tackles the elements.

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This was no easy task. We have a loooog driveway.

Not only did he do it on Saturday but he returned Sunday morning when we awoke to a few more inches.

We are in for a big storm that is threatening over a foot and a half of fresh winter white on Wednesday.

No worries, Bill said he'd be over to help me out!

Ya just gotta love fabulous neighbors ~ thanks Bill and Fran you are over the top!


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16 comments:

Elizabeth Walker said...

Haha I don't blame you, Jo, I wouldn't go near that thing either! Hope you're staying warm in this frigid weather!

Lorri said...

Girl,you better make that man some of that soup! :). I love having great neighbors, too.

Kathy said...

Great neighbors Jo!
What would we do without them? SHOVEL...
I have a simular monster blower...
My two neighbors said,\..."Sell it"!
We're taking care of your drivway ...you won't ever need it.
God is amazing!
Enjoy the white stuff girl,
Kathy @
Sweet Up-North Mornings...

Travelbugmom said...

I absolutely love this post!! I relate! We have the RUNT baby of your snowblower, but I was in tears laughing! We are expecting 7 inches of the beautiful white stuff. Hubs is on annual bros ski trip. My boys usually are the HIRED help of the neighborhood, but 2 are back at school. You are blessed to have the help!

Stay warm and cozy.

Preppy Pink Crocodile said...

What a great neighbor!! And snow plows totally scare me too.

French Basketeer.com said...

Yay for Bill & Fran! Should we send them a basket for summer, for plowing the snow? I gave up my chipper shredder for like reasons...thank Godness for neighbors! let's think of them this spring for a basket, serious.... I miss the snow; it looks crunchy and perfect!

Kathy said...

I too love the quiet beauty of a fresh snow. It doesn't last long here, very quickly there are little footprints everywhere. :) We're expecting a storm here tomorrow and I'm actually looking forward to it.

I'm glad you didn't try to tame the snow blower yourself. That machine is a beast! Thank goodness for thoughtful neighbors! ~k.

EntertainingMom said...

are you ready for another?!!

Southern Living: Preppy Style said...

Gorgeous snow!! That is one thing that scares me about moving back north with the type of job I have. Here, I have to deal with hurricanes once every few years. There, snow every winter and I don't think I could handle the constant job worries and work due to snow! Plus, you're right...that machine is S.C.A.R.Y!

Emily {Frilly Details} said...

What a wonderful neighbor!! I had to shovel our front step yesterday and I did not enjoy it at all! A couple hours later you couldn't even tell it had been cleared. I'm hoping the snow stays away for awhile!

JMW said...

We could use one of those, although we don't have quite the amount you do. It's been snowing all day. No school. Going a bit mad!

bevy said...

Wow! Now that's a piece of machinery! I have been going stir crazy with two days of snow and ice. Delay tomorrow... Thank goodness!

midnight macaroons said...

I actually grew up in Northern California and lived in Oregon for work. I have to admit that snow is one of the things I miss most when I moved to the south.

A big part of finding the perfect neighborhood is having good neighbors. Stay warm!!!

midnight macaroons said...

I just mentioned you in my last post. I was given an award and I passed it on to you for having a fabulous blog.

Tessa said...

I have a similar arrangement with my neighbor. He snow blows the driveway in exchange for homemade baked goods. I was all ready with chocolate chip zuchini bread today, then I found out he's out of town. Our poor driveway is still covered and I can't back out. good thing the pantry's full! (and I bought chicken too!! :) your email made me laugh!!)

Lori said...

Oooh I remember those days....eek!
I don't blame you for not going near that....machine! And I agree with Lorri, you should make him some soup!! :)
Beautiful photos, love the warm, blurry one especially!!

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