BUT, boy, is it heavy!
We have had several snowfalls this year. It is almost embarrassing to mention it, especially to my friend Sarah who lives up in Eastport Maine where last week they had had 109 inches since January. We, on the other hand, have had maybe a foot? But we have had bitter cold temps – for us. If you are a regular reader, you might remember we have flowers in bloom some winters, all winter long. The Camellias start to bloom on my birthday in September and keep going until June. Not this year! In fact, my humongous camellias are bent over with snow today… from 20 feet to 10, so low I have had to duck under them. This is the one that always gives me a bloom on my birthday… the camellia right outside my computer-room window. It is as tall as the house.
The pine tree is bent almost to the ground! Qwan Yin is under those prayer flags. See her?
So, after taking these pictures and resting a little bit to relieve the leg cramps from the cold and trying to walk thru 7+ inches of snow, I went back to work on shoveling the driveway out. It generally takes me all day as I have to give the body a rest every 20 minutes. So I had the driveway about 1/4th of the way done and a black suburban-type truck pulled in… a man got out, took my shovel and finished my driveway. POOF! Just like that! He told me to go sit down, put my feet up, he had it all under control.
Who was this man? John Burr… REV. John Burr from the Baptist church here in town. No, I am not a member of his church. Yes, he knows I am a Buddhist. But John is a man who lives his religion. His God is Love. He puts his words into action. And so, he was driving around looking for old idiots such as I who have no business being out there shoveling that heavy snow. The driveway is clear, all the way out to the middle of the road, so if the plow ever goes thru here, there is nothing for it to shove back up into my driveway. Now how cool is that?
Did you get any snow last night? today?