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Letting go of milestones by way of Blizzard

Monday, February 11, 2013

Sometimes there are events in your life that you wish had never happened. Often the anniversary of these events can blow you away. Sometimes you can keep that from happening.

The blizzard conditions of this weekend have merged milestones.
The 6th was my 3rd Sparkversary (as mentioned a few blogs back). Although I was anticipating it, things kind of just happened to keep me from focusing on that. I step forward with a renewed sense of urgency to make this happen in this coming year - losing weight, gaining better health, increased flexibility, strength, endurance.

Then Saturday, while the blizzard had descended with loads of snow, there was another anniversary - February 9, 2009 was the day I had fallen on the ice, the event that was cataclysmic in effecting my bodily health and strength and ability. What I ventured to do was this - I went outside. I climbed down our stairs after my husband cleared the snow. I took pictures, lots of pictures, and walked carefully. I even took my little kid shovel and carefully took little shovelfuls of the dry top snow and threw it on the pile to help my dh. I was careful because I do have weight limits as to how much I can lift. I also helped clean off about half of the snow off of the front window of the van, and a little off the roof. There was not a lot I could really do. I brought him hot coffee, and water when he asked. and gave him moral support as he did most of it. I also encouraged him to hire someone to come and plow our driveway as our snowblower does not work (needs repair).

Thus, I forgot my milestone: the one where I fell on the ice and got hurt. I went out and tackled my fear of walking on the slippery white stuff. Yesterday I walked out into the driveway (plowed), and walked across the street and chatted with our neighbor. I went out our back door and pushed the snow off the steps and laid down some salt. I couldn't shovel a walk to the drive from there, but at least it is a cleared exit, and if I had to, I would climb over that snow pile. Victory. I did not let the snow and ice win. It has been four years, and I have since been physically repaired, though it won't be the same. My pain is mostly less. I can walk. I can drive. I went out in the snow and took pictures of its beauty and did not let a fear of it get the better of me.

Nemo meets Charlotte
Since Pictures speak louder than words

My back yard when the snow started to fall on Friday 2-8-13

The view out my front door towards our drive when the snow started. You can even see my hubby's footprints on the walk to our van.

Friday night about 9 p.m.

our van beginning to blend in with nature

What sidewalk?

Saturday - the anniversary of the great fall of 2009 - the aftermath of Blizzard Nemo meets Charlotte 2-9-2013
That is our van, and our street. Somewhere, out there.
Clean. White. Pristine. Snowed in.

The view of my street from my front door. What street?

Let the dig begin - my dear husband starts the process. Luckily, we only have three steps down to the sidewalk.

The yardstick measures 20" on our sidewalk. There was lots of drifting with the blizzard, and it was reported our community received 24-25" officially.

Ron almost reaches the van

me venturing out to the van to help clear the windows.

My Hero - Ron won the battle of the sidewalk!

The driveway clear, the pile of snow in front of the house is taller than my 59 inches.

Just how deep it is! Over 1/3 my height of snow. Ron happy with his work.

This car will not see the light of day til spring.

Our lighted deer early in the blizzard

Same deer Friday night

No idea there are deer here

And the beautiful moments of snow, snow, and more snow

The view from my upstairs studio of our backyard. You can see our pond, and my birdhouse garden and our patio. Can't you?

Snow sparkles!

view of our neighbor's fence in the snow

The soup I made to keep us warm and nourished - chicken/beef broth, leftover chicken, broccoli, onions, celery, carrots, and mushrooms, and seasonings. Mmmmm.

The communion bread I made since we couldn't get to church services yesterday

me venturing out into the snowy street to conquer my fears of falling

My shadow walking up our street, it could go where I could not.

Saturday, as my husband dug our walkway, this robin was sheltering in a bush at the side of our house. Since they say seeing a robin means spring is on its way, I am quite hopeful. It inspired me to write a poem.

you can read it here...
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    What a great blog!
    Your attitude and actions are tremendous!!!
    Thanks for sharing the beautiful photos and your recent triumphs!
    1893 days ago
  • SCOOTER4263
    Beautiful pictures. Congratulations on doing something very difficult - confronting your fears, and then overcoming them.
    1894 days ago
  • SWAZY33
    Love the snow pictures!! We got about a foot of snow near me. And I also have a "confused" robin living in shrub on my front lawn so YES...spring MUST be on it's way!
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    1894 days ago
  • BEEJAY49
    Beautiful pictures! I sure don't like that much snow, but wow! Thank you so much for sharing them and your poem, it was lovely! :)

    I'm glad you are conquering your fear of being out and I'm glad you were very careful! :) HUGS!
    1894 days ago

    Wow Deborah! It's All beautiful but I'm not coveting ALL of that snow at all! You did a great job on the pictures. I feel like I was in a guided tour! emoticon 20 inches? That's a whole lot of snow!!! I'm glad you conquered that fear and emoticon emoticon for your 6th year on Spark! emoticon Thanks for sharing your weekend! Thank you for Sparking by my page also! Hope you'll be digging all the way out pretty soon. Stay safe!
    BE Blessed!
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    1894 days ago
  • _LINDA
    Wow! Amazing photos!! Gorgeous example of the force of nature! Good for you overcoming your fear of walking on snow, but oh my, perhaps its far better to be safe then sorry. Wish you lived in a climate with summer and safe walks year round!
    I am very sorry to say that link to your poem wouldn't open for me :((
    What an awesome job your husband did -that is one huge pile of snow to move!! For people on the east coast -they were saying its also very wet, heavy snow, but yours looks lighter, fluffier the way it can hang on those delicate strings and deer antlers. Snow can be very pretty to look at, and I enjoy walking through a fresh carpet of new snow before its been tracked down and made icy.
    Is there a danger of flooding when all this melts??
    Hope you have a terrific Tuesday!
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    1894 days ago
    Well done to conquer your fear of falling, every time I slide with my cleats on I have a minor panic attack.
    Today that happened . I cleared the very high snow drifts at the garage door and it left trickles of ice. Today we had more snow and I managed the find that area and my foot slipped. BUT I was hanging on to the snow blower with both hand and it saved me from falling and I gained my composure.

    You are doing great after all you have been through for this long. Now with your new job you have come a very long way, emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

    I fell though ice on a pond and went in up to my neck. My brother dragged me out and we had to walk home a mile or more. My clothes froze to me but he made me keep on running. He was 11 and I was 7, my Gran was proud of him he saved me from Hypothermia. like you said --MEMORIES! - HUGS PAT.
    1894 days ago
  • MAGA99
    1894 days ago
    emoticon Nemo is No Match for CHARLOTTE!! Facing and Conquering a Fear like that is AWESOME!!! CONGRATULATIONS!!!
    emoticon I love the "Time-Lapse" Photos. Thanks for having the Courage to Go After these Pictures, and for sharing them with all of us!!
    1895 days ago
    Super pictures! Snow is always nicer before you have to dig out or get someplace, but you hubby got a good workout getting to the van. I suspect that Robin is letting you know either that the snow will be melting away pretty soon - or the Robin is confused. I hope it is the former and not the latter. Stay safe and warm - and thanks for sharing the pictures.
    BTW - those YakTrax things are fabulous to put over your shoes and provide a good gripping.
    1895 days ago
    Beatiful pictures. We don't get much snow here so I enjoy it from afar. If I were in I don't know how I'd react. emoticon
    1895 days ago
    I love the photos. I have shoe attachments called Yak Trax. Spend but the best thing I ever bought. They are like snow chains for your shoes.
    1895 days ago
    i love the photos
    1895 days ago
    Glad you enjoyed your snow - and overcame your fear of falling again. I had a bad fall and a severly broken ankle. I still 'fear' walking down slopes like the one I fell on.
    1895 days ago
    Loved the photos you share! You have a special talent with a camera!
    1895 days ago
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