Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Is it spring yet?

I meant to write this post yesterday, but I got distracted by computer games er, quite busy and didn't manage to get to blogging.

Anyway, the 3 to 6 inches of snow predicted for Monday night turned out to be only a light dusting. I'm not really sure exactly what qualifies as a "light dusting", but we probably got less than 1/2 inch. I had promised a snow picture, so here is the view out my front door.

Is it spring yet?See, barely covered the grass.

The thing about snow is that is has to be removed from sidewalks and stairs. And to be quite honest, I haven't shoveled since Sweetpea moved in. However, when one spouse commutes 40 to 70 minutes each way, works at least eight hours in the office, and takes a night course - while the other spouse is currently between "official jobs" and fills her day with cleaning, cooking, laundry, blogging and knitting - which spouse do you think should be assigned to shoveling??

If you said the office guy, you think like me!!! Heck, he's stuck inside all day, sitting behind a desk. The fresh air and exercise will do him a world of good!!!! Unfortunately, he doesn't quite see my point. I even tried to use the "as a knitter, I'm an artisan and my hands are valuable tools that need to be protected from manual labor" excuse, but he wasn't buying that. So I am really glad we only got a dusting. Unfortunately, under the dusting was snow's evil step-sister - a sheet of ice that needed to be chipped away. BLAH!!!! If you look closely at the picture, you'll see I did a very good job until I got to the driveway (far left in the picture) where it was very thick and solid. My OCD (this ice will not get the best of me . . . I will chip off every last bit until the sidewalk is clear and perfect) gave way to my aching tired arms, so I took the easy way out and dumped kitty litter on the ice and called it a day. Kitty litter is an invaluable winter tool. It provides traction on the ice (much like sand) but also absorbs any puddles when the ice melts so it doesn't re-freeze every night when the sun goes down.

I also got very little knitting done yesterday due to all the computer games er, ice chipping exhaustion. How many days until Christmas??? How far along are you on your Christmas knitting?


chris said...

Did Keohinani get you with that egg game? ;-) I haven't clicked on it yet...need to clear Bloglines first before I get sucked in, too! Wow, you live in such a beautiful neighborhood! I love how festive everything looks- I know, I know, snow sucks, but it looks so darned pretty! And MAN, you are OCD...that sidewalk is SPOTLESS!! I'm totally impressed. And I think you're right that the fresh air would do Pea some good. ;-) Tell him you're doing him a favor by saving your hands to knit gifts so that he doesn't have to go out to buy Christmas gifts for everyone! :-)

Jillio said...

snoooooooooooowwwwwwwww!!!!!!! yay! hehe. :)
kitty litter...never heard of that one but now that you mention it, that's a great idea!!!
i agree with chris: nice neighborhood! i should show starfish that picture. he'll like the trees. you'll hardly see a neighborhood like that (i won't even start on the snow part) in hawaii cuz we're so cramped on this little island. but there are some nice neighborhoods. which reminds me...i have to take pictures of starfish's neighborhood. i am going to miss it; he has to move out of it and into a studio someplace. kinda sad story that begins with divorce. yuck. me no likey. :(
parents should understand that when they divorce each other, it effects the kids no matter how old the kids are. they also should know that divorce doesn't mean they are also divorcing their kids. sorry, mini-rant just got out that time.
i guess that explains why there are so many posts involving starfish lately, huh? on my mind, all the time...

Chrissy said...

Hey! Thanks for the comment you left on my blog. I always love the supportive comments from other knitters. Hopefully you'll have a break from the snow (and that dreaded shoveling) for a while :)

I hope your X-Mas knitting isn't as overwhelming as mine. I feel like I'm drowning under a pile of UFO's. Happy knitting!

Jen said...

Hmm, I'm now 6.75 of 9. Doing okay I think.

I'll have to remember about the Kitty litter next time I live somewhere where it's cold. for now.. I'll just have to visit.

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