First a disclaimer: This blog entry is in no way a complaint.
With that out of the way, let me tell you a bit about our last few days of weather. This morning I spent about an hour clearing snow from our driveway. That represents a pretty solid snow and the time investment is partly due to the fact that our gravel driveway is somewhat longish.
Yesterday, however, was even more exciting. I went out to shovel at about 7:30 AM in an effort to attend to my clerking duties. Approximately 2/3rds of the driveway had 24 inches of snow. I don't think it actually snowed that much because other sections only had 6 inches--the wind played somewhat of a role. In any case, I found that after two hours of shoveling that the parts that I started on now had 3 inches of fresh snow and new flakes continued to fall rather persistently.
I found myself inventing novel new ways to clear deep snow while my toes and nose experienced that feeling that reminds you that you are most definitely alive. That feeling also seems to stimulate one's mind. For example, I had not previously considered removing only the top 12 inches on a single pass and then returning on the next round for the remaining 12 inches. I suppose at some level this is a good example of how somewhat unpleasant conditions make one think new thoughts.
In the end, we decided that we were officially snowed in and had a quiet morning at home. Turns out that this was a good call as we watched one of our neighbors attempt to return to their home at about noon in their BMW AWD SUV only to slide off the road into the snow bank (a sentence with three legitimate three-letter acronyms is worthy of a prize). Fortunately, the ending was happy as they also have a 4WD Jeep that pulled the BMW out and returned it to the safety of their garage.
Life in the mountains keeps things pretty fresh for us. We'll gladly take it.