Here it comes again, the very thing that makes my face twist into a contorted mass of ugh, snow. When I wrote about the last huge snowstorm we got here at the beach it was wishful thinking that it would be the only time I would have to, considering I keep trying to convince myself that type of weather is rare here. Apparently there is some magical force in me that just brings multiple feet of the white stuff everywhere I go. The year we moved to Long Island – record snowfall in the last 100 years just one week after we moved. This winter at the beach – sixteen inches of heavy stuff right after we settled in. No need to thank me, you’re welcome.
A dusting, a flake or two falling here or there, a small coating just to give sparkling loveliness to the trees is one thing. I can even agree that is beautiful because it is pretty, generally melts by the middle of the next day and does not interfere with driving or grocery shopping. Here comes the next foot overnight however. This is not pretty, especially at grocery stores where so many people flock apparently thinking they will never eat again. It should also be fun to shovel off our sand and gravel driveway; a comedy show all in itself.
A snow shovel should be something every northerner just has on hand but is a concept I can not seem to get; maybe because I prefer to live in denial than the northeast. Before the last storm, the only one I could find here at the cottage was a garden shovel. Luckily it was at least flat and not one with the point or I would still be out there now trying to move the stuff. Although it is flat the thing is taller than me and the shovel is rusty metal. After bundling up in as many layers as possible, while still maintaining the ability to move my arms, I had to push snow off the deck with the front door just to get out and then each load immediately froze to the shovel. Something tells me this scene will repeat Tuesday morning.
I can not help but think that the minute I buy a shovel the snow will stop falling for the year. I wonder what time the hardware store opens?