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#TuesdayTip Shoveling that Snow

We’ve got a blizzard going today. Unfortunately, that means no Philadelphia Flower Show for me this year as I was supposed to be going today. So sad. I was really looking forward to the show. The theme was Holland this year and I absolutely love bulbs like daffodils, tulips, hyacinths and more!

Instead I will be shoveling and here are some tips for you to stay safe if you’re experiencing winter snow as well.

  • Keep the loads light and try to push instead of lift.
  • If you have to lift, do so with your knees and not your back.
  • Keep your shoveling intervals short, no more than ten minutes at a time if you can.
  • Dress appropriately! Hat, scarves, gloves and good boots to stay warm.
  • Listen to your body and stop if you are feeling short of breath or dizzy.

And now, a photo of my snowy view this morning!

P.S. – I’m working on a new look for the website. Would love to hear what you think about it!

Fun Friday – Odd News

In the first odd news of the day, I woke up yesterday morning and had somehow been transported to Wisconsin. Yes, seventeen more inches of snow had fallen from Wednesday night to Thursday morning, blanketing the streets and homes in New Jersey. Adding another foot and a half to the mounds lining streets and my driveway. It is now official that I can barely see over those mounds to the street!

So sorry that I didn’t provide a blog yesterday, but part of the morning was spent shoveling out and then I worked from home so as to not fall too far behind at work.

And now for some more Odd News! If you cannot see the video below, you can click here to view it.

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Thursday Thirteen – 13 Fun Things to do in a Blizzard

We didn’t have a White Christmas this year, but we did get a huge blizzard over December 26 to 27th which is what prompted today’s Thursday 13: 13 Fun Things to do in a Blizzard!

1. Sleep.

2. Start a fire in the fireplace.

3. Start a fire in the bedroom.

4. Read a good book.

5. Write a book (hopefully good).

6. Sleep.

7. Make a nice soup or stew to chase away the chill after # 8.

8. Shovel. Yes, it can be fun to be out there with the snow coming down and the chill nip in the air.

9. Make some hot chocolate or hot apple cider.

10. Sleep.

11. Write some more because you are under a horrible deadline.

12. Take some pictures (see below).

13. Enjoy the day off from work!

Take a moment to share some of your favorite things to do during a blizzard!

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Fun Friday – Best Cats Video Ever

It’s Fun Friday and it’s time for the Best Cat Video Ever according to its title at Youtube. It is really funny, but I’m wondering – If you have a cat, have they ever pulled one of these ambush tactics with you?

Mine hasn’t, although she loves to chase dry pasta around the floor.

Hope the snow isn’t too bad by you today in the Northeast! We’ve got at least a foot on the ground and the plows have yet to come through. What a pain!

Have a great weekend!

Thoughtful Thursday – Baby It’s Cold Outside!

cold1This Thursday’s Thoughts are mainly about the cold, but also about how we become creatures of habit as we get older.

For example, if it’s over 30 I wear one coat. Over 40 another. Below 30 and out comes my big long coat and I add a sweatshirt underneath. When it goes below 20, as it has the past few days, I stick my head out from all the bundling and decide whether or not to do the walk to work.

Below 15 — definitely do the subway. If I do take the subway, I am totally spoiled because I walk straight into my building and never go outside in Manhattan. Which why I was surprised to see those big flurries of fat snowflakes dancing outside my window.

beachOf course, all that snow has me thinking of warmer locales because I am so not a person who loves the cold! I always tell people it’s because I’m not genetically prepared for it, having been born in Cuba.

That’s just my work habit. Then there’s my writing habit, especially over the weekend. Get up at 6 and make the coffee. Head up to my office at home, plop down on my couch, drag the blanket over me, grab the laptop and power it up. While it’s booting up, turn on the TV and look for something to have on while I write and if nothing interests me, slip in a favorite DVD. 😀

Habits. Funny ones to some people, I’m sure. What about you? You have any habits you’d like to share?