I hate winter, but I love shoveling snow. Everyone else in our neighborhood has a snow blower, and I may yet break down and buy one, but this morning B and I enjoyed shoveling all 2000 sq ft or so of our gravel driveway. (Well, I enjoyed it, I guess I can’t speak for my husband.)
We were pretty much snowed in yesterday, as the county had declared a snow emergency and the plows could not keep up. Our city is currently conserving salt (which doesn’t work all that well anyway in these very cold temps we’ve been having).
I found a very nice set of deer tracks going across our front yard. White-tailed deer are extremely common here and eat all my plants. Unfortunately, coyotes are starting to follow them into more populated areas (haven’t seen any here yet).
I also saw a number of songbirds, including a woodpecker–snow shoveling is a great time for birding because it gives you an excuse to pause and take a break!