Saturday, April 11, 2009

the unexplainable, perhaps!

Yesterday, my husband and I were involved in a spring ritual that not many southern folk might understand.
See, we live in what might be considered the great white north!
No, we don't live in Alaska or the Northwest Terrorities, but we are pretty darn close!
Sometimes when we live here, we get a pretty strong hankering for spring.
We start craving green grass, warmer weather and flip flops!
So, in an attempt to help mother nature along, we intervene in ways, that some might think odd!
I guess this ritual could be called "un-shoveling"
All winter we shovel the snow off our driveway and walkways
and then in spring, or what is spring for most people, we shovel it off our lawn.
Yesterday, we took drastic measures and used our ice pick to break it up and our scoop shovel (ie. a man sized shovel, or a shovel on steroids!) and took great scoops and spread it on the street.
We do live on a cul-de-sac, so we are not really impeding traffic.
My friend stopped by during this ritual to encourage us along, and maybe give a jab or two!
Our oldest daughter thought it was great because Dad created a luge run in the front yard!
I would have taken pictures but my arms were just too tired from all the shovelling!
Great Canadian Traditions!


Christina said...

I know what you mean about longing for spring weather, and I only live in Southwestern Montana! Fortunately for us, we had a nice, long rain this week that melted all the snow, but if we hadn't, I just might be trying to encourage my grass in a similar way.

Stephanie said...

This is the first year that I got to see my crocus's in the front of my house, usually they are still covered up with a pile of snow. We too have had to throw that pile into the street to help it disappear and encourage spring to get here faster! I can't imagine living as far north as you do though, and I hope you are resting your arms today!! Just keep thinking spring, it will be here soon for you. Happy Easter!

Philigry said...

oh, we do this too! it does help!

Kristyn Knits said...

I've never heard of shoveling your yard. wow! I'll pray for warmer weather for you.