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  • Waking up to fresh layer of snow in winter is quite beautiful. The snow sparkles when it gets hit with the first rays of sunshine as the new day dawns. As pretty as all of that is, in order for us to function properly as a civilized society, certain things need to happen: snow removal and cleanup.

    I must say, winter cleanup is not in my Top 10 list of fun things to do, but for me it is nice getting out there, [and even if only by a very small degree], changing my immediate landscape with a shovel and a snowblower. It's another opportunity to see, run into and chat with neighbors that we usually don't see, as we're all so busy with our coming-and-goings, it seems our relationships sometimes don't go beyond a "hello" or "hey, wassup!".

    Since we're all sorta stuck-in until things are cleaned up, we're forced to, ...well, not really "forced to", but we interact more than usual and I think THAT is cool. Plans sometimes are made for hot cocoa afterwards, maybe plans to get together to watch a game, organize a snowball fight with the kids or just to hang out and be neighborly. So come to think of it, winter cleanup actually is kinda cool and I'm thankful for those things that happen from time to time and slow us down enough, so we enjoy more of what and who is around us.

    I now gotta go meet my neighbors for hot cocoa...!
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