Monday, February 11, 2013

What Blizzard?

February 11 2013,

The Blizzard of 2013 came and went. It started on Friday afternoon through Saturday late morning. After everything was said and done, we got 20" of snow. This is not a lot in comparison to Connecticut. Somebody we know got 3 feet of snow. Everything is relative right?

With our Snapper 2 stage snow blower, we worked our way out of the driveway and the snow bank that the town plow had made. It is so worth the money. It went through the snow banks without any problem.

Once we were done with our garage side driveway, hubby went around and helped our other neighbors dig out. It was a neighborhood effort. Everyone helping everybody else shovel and snow blow. Interestingly, it was the matriarch and my hubby of the household helping. The male figure were back inside the house doing whatever they are doing. At one point, I had three ladies on my steps shoveling the snow away from the front steps. Amazing! That's how it should be.

In the cul-de-sac there are 6 houses. Between the "friendly" or helpful neighbors, we had two snow blowers. Between the two snow blowers, 5 houses were cleaned. There is one house in the cul-de-sac who have their own snow blower, but it was not as powerful as ours. We ignored them because they never seem to be neighborly and keep to themselves. For our 90 year old elderly neighbor who had a snow plow contracted, but had not shown up, we made a path large enough for somebody to be able to walk to his garage door.

Outside of our cul-de-sac, two houses down, there is a Chinese family who started shoveling his driveway. He never asks for help, so I coaxed hubby to help dig the Chinese family out. The last thing we wanted was to see him have a heart attack. The next day, the husband came over to our house and presented us with a home made Chinese soup dessert that his wife had made as a thank you and to wish us a Happy New Year. That was sweet.

After everyone was who we wanted to help was dug out, hubby started cleaning our front driveway. We had ignored that area just in case we ran out of gas for the blower. Hubby had enough gas to spare, so we finished our driveway. Below is a picture of what our back yard looks. 

The next day, Sunday, we planned to clean the snow off the roof with a snow rake. I had a brunch birthday party to go to the next town over, when I came back, hubby had lovingly cleaned the snow off the edge of the roof.

Ah, the joy of living in New England.

The moral to this story is, be friendly and nice to your neighbors. If you can help, help. If you need help, ask for help. Don't keep to yourself, because it will bite you in times of need. When somebody does something nice to them, acknowledge it and pay it forward. It does not mean that you need to reciprocate to the person or people who did it for you, just do something nice to somebody else.

That's how hubby and live our lives.

BTW, Happy New Year to all who celebrate Chinese New Year. May the year be full of fortunes, healthy and happy.

Quilt & Bitch

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