Man vs Snow Pile

Photo by Karolina Grabowska on Pexels.com

The all-day snowfall finally seemed to be tapering off.  He surveyed the neighborhood, it looked rather pretty with the pristine fallen snow.  He was just about to go outside to clear a path on the sidewalk and driveway when Mrs. Davis from next door called his house.  He answered the phone and listened intently on what she had to say.  She had a proposition for him, and it could be beneficial to his needs right now.  At seventy-two she was well past her prime in snow-shoveling years and had a doctor’s appointment in the morning she could not miss.  She wanted to know if he would clear her driveway for her.  She would pay him handsomely and he was desperate for money since he had been laid off.

He agreed to her deal and suited up for the cold weather.  Just as he approached the door, he knew things had just gotten worse.  The snowplow went down the road piling up a large bundle of snow at the end of the driveways. He went after the pile of snow with a dogged persistence.  He was going to earn that money if it killed him and with his bad heart it just might.

Just as he threw the last shovelful of snow up onto the yard, he suddenly clutched his chest and collapsed.  Thankfully Mrs. Davis was walking by the window at that moment and saw him fall.  She immediately called 911 and waited for the ambulance.


Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – dogged

Just Wait, The Weather Will Change

Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com

Slip and slide

All over the place

Now wintertime is here

The snow and ice

Keep building up

And trouble could be near

No school or work

The roads unpassable

The blizzard has started I fear

Hot cocoa and games

To pass the time

Until the roads are finally clear

Then shovel and snowblower

Work overtime

Until the cold brings tears

Rest and recover

Tomorrow they say

The best day of the year


Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – slip

Winter’s Signs

Just like the robin in spring

There are harbingers in winter

The howling of the bitter winds

The fog of early morning

And consistent grey skies

Winter has arrived

The storm blows throughout the night

And tomorrow’s limited daylight will show us

A field of nothing but pristine white snow

Until the neighborhood wakes up and begins the day


Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – harbinger

Mrs. Miller’s Porch

Photo from Google search/Pinterest

Anna went towards her car and was approached by her neighbor Ted.  “Have you seen Mrs. Miller lately?  I normally see her sweeping her porch after it snows, and she hasn’t been out since the snow stopped yesterday.  She didn’t go on a trip that you know of?”

“No, not that I have heard of.  Do you think she’s ok?”

“I don’t know, I may call and have a welfare check done on her.  It is just not like her to leave snow on the porch more than an hour or two.”

“Well, I have a doctor’s appointment now, so let me know what you find out.  I hate to think something has happened to her.”  Anna got into her car and drove off.

Returning home, Anna saw Mrs. Miller’s porch was clear of snow.  She got out and walked towards Ted’s front door.  He opened the door before she got there.  “Anna, it is not good news.  Mrs. Miller had fallen last night and broke her hip.  She just couldn’t get to the phone.  They took her to the hospital and expect her to be ok after her hip is set.”

“The poor woman, on the floor so long in pain.  I am glad you called to check Ted.  You are a great neighbor.”


Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – welfare

Not Done Yet

Photo by Jill Wellington on Pexels.com

Gretchen pulled her gloves on and turned towards the door.  Her mom was in the other room and said, “Make sure you do the driveway too.”

It was her onus to keep the walks cleared of snow in the winter and she didn’t like it anymore.  When she was first old enough to help her Dad clear the walks, she thought it was fun.  But she only helped with small snow falls.  Today there was 6 inches of wet heavy snow and her Dad was at work.

She finished the last of the driveway and was putting the shovel away, when a city plow went by and pushed more snow into the bottom of the drive.  With a sigh she picked up the shovel again and headed back to the driveway.


Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – onus

Mumbles … Impose

Impose is “force to accept or take advantage of” according to my pocket dictionary. Most often I hear it in the form of take advantage of. Someone coming over doesn’t want to impose upon you to stay for dinner. Or be an imposition and spent the night during a storm.

(This is where I go off course a little bit) A storm is possibly coming this weekend. Normally that wouldn’t mean much but we are celebrating our Thanksgiving on Sunday as my boyfriend works retail and my daughter in the food service and both business are open on Thanksgiving. So we have just decided not to fight it and have Thanksgiving on the weekend.

Now this year we are seating 5 people at our tiny kitchen table (need to move an office chair in so everyone has a seat) and 3 of those 5 live out of town. So I have been watching the forecast and in the last two days we went from 10% chance of snow, to 20% chance and now today the forecast I saw was for 80% chance. UGH! I really want everyone to make it to dinner. I would not mind them staying the night if they got stranded – we have two recliners and a couch that would accommodate them… and it would not be an imposition.

So I will keep my eyes on the weather map and hope to see everyone for a late Thanksgiving. I send out hopes that all of you had a very happy Thanksgiving and are surviving any Black Friday shopping you are doing!

Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – impose

Delayed

The snow is falling fast and the winds continue to howl. You were supposed to be here over an hour ago. I check my phone; no messages, it’s still silent. I am frantic with worry as the visibility outside continues to dwindle. The news talks of accidents and abandoned vehicles.
Once more I go to the door, open it and look up and down the street for any sign of a car. The icy chill greets me as I hear what could be an engine. I hold my breath, waiting, until at last I see headlights and you returning home.

Happy and Grateful – Day 363

One of my favorite months is upon us. I love the wonder of the holidays.  How it can light up young and old alike.  The weather is (usually) starting to change the world white and frosty.  And the promise of a new year is just around the corner.  This is the final month of my attempt to find the things that make me happy and grateful every day for a year… I have mixed emotions that it will be ending.  Please join me these last few days and post your happiness and gratitude in the comments or on your own blog.  There is always some good in the day no matter how small.

Snow is pretty… pretty annoying too.  We got about 3 inches, which really isn’t much but it is one of the first all day snows we have had and it is cold… and only going to get worse.  This is Friday night and there is a wind chill advisory until Tuesday.  Ugh!  But I had to go out today… needed my prescriptions refilled and had a gift to return (wrong size) and then my daughter offered to take us out to lunch.  So I was out in the thick of it.  I was grateful there was not the freezing drizzle they had in some areas at least.

Now if you have read my blog you know I worry… about everything.  That is the nature of anxiety and depression.  But I was happy to hear from my daughter via a text message that she arrived at work ok (about a 20 to 30 minute drive away).  Often she forgets when I ask her to let me know so I was happy she didn’t.

All the tension from my first winter driving of the year has left my back in knots.  So I sit on a heating pad and took my pain meds and hope to sleep soon.  So forgive me if my writing does not make sense, I am not thinking quite clearly.

Only two more posts…. but a year worth of awareness has been great.  I hope you find your happiness and feel your gratitude.  Have a wonderful night/day!

Happy and Grateful – Day 362

One of my favorite months is upon us. I love the wonder of the holidays.  How it can light up young and old alike.  The weather is (usually) starting to change the world white and frosty.  And the promise of a new year is just around the corner.  This is the final month of my attempt to find the things that make me happy and grateful every day for a year… I have mixed emotions that it will be ending.  Please join me these last few days and post your happiness and gratitude in the comments or on your own blog.  There is always some good in the day no matter how small.

I have a tough week ahead of me.  I have homework from my therapist to do.  Writing down my pain (physical and emotional) in a diary.  It is part of acceptance therapy he is working with me on and as often as I have painful thoughts these days I will be writing all day long.  It is going to be tough to do, but I have already noticed some changes since we started this workbook and we are only 60 pages into the 200 page book.  So I am going into this week hopeful and scared at what I will learn about myself, but determined to get it accomplished.  For these last few days I hope I can do both.  I already had to note my sadness as I wrote my poem for “cozy.”

Besides seeing my doctor and watching the snow pile up… I did take my Dad to the clinic.  I was grateful the main roads were mostly clear of the snow and I didn’t slide around too much.  Now we are in for another system of about 3 more inches…only 81 days, 10 hours and 30 minutes until spring.  But who is counting?

I did relax a bit tonight and watch a movie with my boyfriend.  He got the new Kingsman movie for Christmas and we watched it.  It was good but it was another one of those movies with whispered dialog, so you turn the volume up but get BLASTED out of your chair when an action scene comes up.  I just sat in the quiet after it was over happily hearing nothing but the soft hum of the furnace running.

Ok… I am STILL behind on reading posts.  Let’s see how far I can get before my meds kick in tonight.  Please remember to find your happiness and feel your gratitude.  Have a wonderful night/day!