Christmas is here!

“Christmas is coming, the goose is getting fat. Please to put a penny in the old man’s hat. If you haven’t got a penny, then a half penny will do. If you haven’t got a half penny then God bless you!”

~Old English Christmas carol, sung as a round~

About 9 days ago, in the morning around 2am, I realized that I forgot to get my trash out for the trash collector who usually comes around 4am on Mondays. So I gathered up what little remaining trash I had, changed the cat litter box for my kitties and out it went to the curb.

It was decently nice outside; there was no wind and it had *finally* stopped snowing. The storm had cleared off leaving about 8 to 10 inches of soft powdery snow with no big thick hard ice underneath or on top. I grabbed my porch broom and started sweeping the snow off of my porch. Then I swept my front walk leading to my car and the curb. Then I used the broom to sweep off my car and all around my car. Upon hearing the big heavy snow plows a block away, I figured I’d better get my car in the driveway, so I swept off a large section of my driveway and moved my car so it wouldn’t get plowed in.

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The house next door to mine is for sale, and I want good neighbors to move in, so I swept off that porch and all of its front walk as well as finishing my front walk that is on the side of the street.

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I found I had to stop and stretch a lot and give myself some time to catch my breath. I had to go inside and warm up my 4 different times cuz I couldn’t feel my fingers or toes, and my feet sure hurt. But I did so good! I am very proud of myself! My car did not get plowed in and I didn’t have to pay anyone to shovel it for me! I so crushed it! Hooray!

I know this may sound silly to some people, but this will be my personal version of a nice quiet Christmas memory for me. It was so quiet and still outside in the night. The snow was sorta deep, but not too deep to sweep cuz it was so nice and powdery, kinda like sweeping up dusty sugar. I could see just wonderfully with the light from my front porch and the streetlight on the corner. I could sweep and hum or sing Christmas carols. It was pretty special.

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