Shovelling S#@^

Yes – shovelling snow – which, today, felt an awful lot like shovelling the other four-letter word that starts with “s.”

See – we have a dog walk that goes up the hill in the back – around the back of the house, and eventually down to near the bottom of the driveway. This is a longish path with two uphills because it requires carving steps in the snow at both ends –  you can’t carve from the top down – so I shovel and carve to the top and then walk back down to start at the other bottom and go to the top. The snow is now at about the height of my head – so I not only have to shovel the path but the sides of the path as well so that they don’t collapse on to the path I have just shovelled. (Hope you are following this).

I suspect that today is the last path-shovelling day. It took one-and-a-half hours and the snow was heavy and I can think of better ways to spend my time outdoors.

And let me get one more thing off my chest please – I am DONE with winter. I do not EVER want to see another winter for the rest of my life. Oh sure – there’s snowshoeing and skiing – but you know what? I can live happily without it!

There is a reason many Canadians go south six months of the year. Oh, it’s not that I can’t do it. I can. I made the choice to be here and I made a vow to give it my best shot and I am still giving it my best shot, dammit. I’m going snowshoeing tomorrow and Friday and next Tuesday – all sort of outings planned – skiing plans too. I am NOT pulling the covers over my head. I am wowed by the beauty of the winter in the alpine. I adore it!

But my life has to be about more than making the best of things. I don’t have to put up with circumstances I don’t fully embrace. I have a choice to make a change.

Whew! Glad I got that rant off my chest.

Fecking winter!

About goodyniosi

Writer, avid(!!!) hiker - living life to the fullest. Love, life, bliss - getting high on getting high (in the alpine that is)
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