Posts Tagged ‘snow’

Shoveling Snow or Cutting Grass?

February 11, 2010

I sometimes wonder which is worse, shoveling snow or cutting grass?  They are both chores that need to be done in their proper seasons.  There are quite a few differences of course.  Shoveling snow is done in the cold.  Cutting grass is done in the heat.  Shoveling snow can vary greatly depending on how much, and what kind of snow.  Cutting the grass can vary, but is more consistent.  Shoveling snow needs to be done within twenty-four hours of snowfall, which can be very inconvenient.  Cutting grass can be scheduled, as long as it isn’t raining.  Shoveling can be done any time, day or night.  Cutting the grass,  should be done during daylight, and not too early!

I have lived in Iowa for nineteen years now.  The winters are more mild than those in Minnesota where I grew up.  In past years, my comparison of these two chores has resulted in favor of shoveling snow being the preferred chores, primarily because it does not have to be so frequent.

This year I’m not so sure.  Maybe it is because I’m getting older.  Maybe it’s just been a year with a lot of snow.  Maybe it’s because other people volunteer to cut the grass at church, but I have the privilege of shoveling the snow.

I am re-evaluating my comparison of these two chores.

What do you think?

Oh, by the way, they are predicting more snow this weekend!

Winter is Here!

December 9, 2009

For Iowa, it may still be officially autumn on the calender, but it is safe to say that winter is here.

Just last week I rode my motorcycle to the college.

Not this week.

Iowa has been hit with a winter storm packing three stages.  First, snow ranging from 3-18 inches, then winds picking up, then the temperatures dropping significantly. 

Oh, joy.

Many schools have cancelled, so students have the time off.  For this teacher, there is still plenty of work to do.  It is the end of the semester and there are papers to grade, tests and study guides to update, and of course, the normal daily routine, and church duties. 

After I shovel the snow….

October Snow

October 14, 2009

I enjoy the four seasons, but clearly I enjoy winter less than the others.  Normally, fall is my favorite season. 

It snowed the other day.  In mid October!!  I feel as though I am being cheated out of fall.  Winter weather is not supposed to happen yet.  How annoying!!

I am reminded “This is the day that the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it.”  I sigh heavily and try to refocus my thoughts on something more positive.  After all, there are always blessings, and things over which we can rejoice.  It is just a question of what we are focussed on.  Dwell on the good, deal with the bad.  “Count your many blessings, name them one by one and it will surprise you what the Lord has done.”


October 27, 2008

Tonight it is supposed to get down into the twenties.

I am not ready for winter to be here, but ready or not it is on the way. 

I am originally from Minnesota so you think that I would be used to the cold and the snow. 

I have experienced it…. I don’t like it. 

I do like the seasons,  I like the change, the contrast.  There are even some things that I like about snow and cold.  For example, there is something about the feel of the air on a bitter cold, starlit night… also,  I do enjoy sledding, even at my age.  (I have to organize an outing for the Rangers, or the youth, since it looks odd for a middle age man to go sledding by himself.) 

 I guess that winter is coming.  There is nothing I can do about it, so I might as well figure out how to enjoy it.