Thursday, January 25, 2007

Last Weekend...



Talia enjoyed her birthday thoroughly! The actual day was Friday, and Mommy and Daddy took her and her siblings to dinner at a nice Italian restaurant that night, then Saturday she had her party. It was already beginning to snow by the time this was taken, and after she was done opening gifts the boys went outside to play touch football in the snow, followed by some sledding. When they decided they were cold enough, they came in and we had ice cream and cake.

Dottie took a vacation day for Saturday, so she had to work on Sunday. I got up at 7:30 to clear her car and shovel before she had to leave for work. This is the view that greeted me-




I cleared the sidewalk to her car, then her car and warmed it up, then started on the driveway itself. I wasn't through with it yet when she had to leave. I shoveled for 3 hours by the time I had my truck clear, the driveway back to the garage and the sidewalks behind the house. They still hadn't melted all the ice off from the last "go round" and I knew it would never melt with 6 inches of snow on top...

Of course, Angel loves it!




Between what I shoveled, the salt and the sand, the front driveway melted down pretty well. I heard the plow go by early during the Bears game, of course it filled the end of my driveway back in, so I went out at halftime to clear it again before Dottie came home.




When I got out there I found that the ice on the back sidewalk and patio were lifting enough I could clear them, so I spent another hour doing that. I finished just in time to peel potatoes to go with the roast I had in the oven and make gravy.

Dottie is off this weekend, and Bill and Laura are coming for dinner on Saturday. Since it's Laura's "birthday dinner" she wants salmon and portabellas on the grill, so you know where I'll be Saturday afternoon. I'm hoping to do a movie early both days, and after that we'll see what transpires! "Letters from Iwo Jima", "Babel" and "Volver" are on my list; we'll have to see what's on Dottie's!

Hope everyone is doing well!

alan

8 comments:

Jon-Marc said...

Snow? What's that? We don't have that here in NYC!
This year we have had virtually no snow and it has been relatively mild, but the weather gods on TV say that is all about to change. We'll see.

Hope you are well. I want to be there for grilled salmon! I'll bring dessert.

Keep well and keep happy,

Jon-Marc

JLee said...

Oh I miss snow so much!! We used to have so much fun playing in it. Have a snowball fight for me, will ya? lol

b o o said...
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b o o said...

looks nice although i don't really like the cold. hope your week was nice :)

Dr. Deborah Serani said...

We had snow here, but it was just a dusting. I loved seeing how beautiful it looked up by you. Hope you all have a wonderful weekend. Nothing like being with loved ones!

Von Krankipantzen said...

You are such a good husband clearing off your wife's car and shovelling all that white stuff. Beautiful snow photos. And look at all that birthday loot!

annie said...

talia has a wonderful smile!

dragonflyfilly said...

Hi Alan,
yep, i'm sure it will, and yep, i too am glad i lived to tell the story, in spite of the horrific it is! Thanks for being you and your kind thoughts!

well, i guess all the calories you burnt off you put right back on with the birthday cake, eh? Do i see an Ariel something or other in that delicious pile of wrapping...she sure looks like the proverbial "happy camper"...

the snow looks lovely, specially if i don't have to shovel it....

thanks for the lovely photos and "mini-documentary"...all our snow has gone now, it did not look as lovely as yours, because the sanders and salt trucks did a number on it...

cheers for now,
pj