The first snowfall and moving to Michigan

Diary of a Northern Michiganer that just moved back from the South West

December 3 -5:00 PM
Snow flakes started slowly drifting down.
The first snow of the season and the wife and I took our cocktails and sat  for hours by the window watching the huge soft flakes drift down from heaven.  Can’t wait to make a snowman with the kids.
It looked like a Christmas card.
So romantic we felt like newlyweds again.
I love snow!

December 9
We woke to a beautiful blanket of crystal white snow covering every inch of the landscape.
What a fantastic sight!
Can there be a lovelier place in the whole world?
Moving here was the best idea I’ve ever had!
Shoveled for the first time in years and felt like a boy again.
I did both our driveway and the sidewalks.  Told my wife and Kids I would shovel the walks myself all winter
This afternoon the snowplow came along and covered up the sidewalks and closed in the driveway, so I got to shovel again.
What a perfect life!

December 12
The sun has melted all our lovely snow.
Such a disappointment!
My neighbor tells me not to worry- we’ll definitely have a white Christmas.
No snow on Christmas would be awful!
My neighbor says we’ll have so much snow by the end of winter, that I’ll never want to see snow again
I don’t think that’s possible.
John is such a nice man, I’m glad he’s our neighbor.

December 14
Snow, lovely snow! 8 inches last night.
The temperature dropped to -20.
The cold makes everything sparkle so.
The wind took my breath away, but I warmed up by shoveling the driveway and sidewalks.
This is the life!  My kids told me to buy a snow blower.
The snowplow came back this afternoon and buried everything again.
I didn’t realize I would have to do quite this much shoveling, but I’ll certainly get back in shape this way.
I wish l wouldn’t huff and puff so.

December 16

20 inches forecast.
Sold my van and bought a 4×4 Blazer.
Bought snow tires for the wife’s car and 2 extra shovels for the kids.
Stocked the freezer.
The wife wants a wood stove and a generator in case the electricity goes out.
I think that’s silly.
We aren’t in Alaska, after all.

December 16
Ice storm this morning.
Fell on my butt on the ice in the driveway putting down salt.
Hurt like the devil.
The wife laughed for an hour, which I think was very cruel. I’m still putting Ben-Gay on

December 17
Still way below freezing.  Had a freezing rain.  Broke the tree in half in the front yard.
Roads are too icy to go anywhere. At least I have wood for the wood burning stove.
Electricity was off for 2 days. Why didn’t I listen to my wife about the generator.
I had to pile the blankets on to stay warm.
Nothing to do but stare at the wife and try not to irritate her.
Guess I should’ve bought a wood stove, but won’t admit it to her.
God I hate it when she’s right.
I can’t believe I’m freezing to death in my own living room.

December 20
Electricity’s back on, but had another 14 inches of the darn white stuff last night.
More shoveling!
Took all day.
The damn snowplow came by twice.  My kids are sick and can’t help.
Tried to find a neighbor kid to shovel, but they said they’re too busy studying.
I think they’re lying.
Called the only hardware store around to see about buying a snow blower and they’re out.
Might have another shipment in March.
I think they’re lying.
John says I have to shovel or the city will ticket and have it done and bill me.
I think he’s lying.

December 22

John was right about a white Christmas because 13 more inches of the white stuff fell today, and it’s so cold, it probably won’t melt till July.
Took me 45 minutes to get all dressed up to go out to shovel and then I had to go to the bathroom.
By the time I got undressed, went to the bathroom and dressed again. I was too tired to shovel.
Tried to hire my Realtor’s brother who has a plow on his truck for the rest of the winter, but he says he’s too busy.  I think the jerk is lying.

December 23
Only 2 inches of snow today
And it warmed up to 0.
The wife wanted me to decorate the house for Christmas this morning.
What is she, nuts?!!
Why didn’t she tell me to do that a month ago?
She says she did but I think she’s lying.

December 24
6 inches – Snow packed so hard by snowplow, l broke the shovel.
Thought I was having a heart attack.  My wife and kids won’t even know I died if I had a heart attack out here.
If I ever catch the guy who drives that snow plow, I’ll drag him through the snow and beat him to death with my broken shovel.
I know he hides around the corner and waits for me to finish shoveling and then he comes down the street at a 100 miles an hour and throws snow all over where I’ve just been!
Tonight the wife wanted me to sing Christmas carols with the kids and open our presents, but I was too busy watching for the darn snowplow.

December 25
Merry freaking Christmas!
20 more inches of the damn slop tonight -Snowed in.
The idea of shoveling makes my blood boil.
Man, I hate the snow!
Then the snowplow driver came by asking for his Christmas present and I hit him over the head with my shovel.
The cops didn’t take me away because it was Christmas.  The wife says I have a bad attitude.  My kids are still crying.
I think she’s an idiot and I can’t shut the kids up.
If I have to watch “The Christmas Story” one more time, I’m going to stuff her into the freezer.

December 29
Still snowed in.
Why the hell did I ever move up here?
It was all HER idea.
She’s really getting on my nerves.  And no I’m not going out to make snow angels.

January 3
Temperature dropped to -15 and the pipes froze; plumber came after 14 hours of waiting for him, he only charged me $1,400 to replace all my pipes.

January 8
Warmed up to above -10.
Still snowed in.  I never thought I would die to be able to go to work
My wife and kids are driving me crazy!!!

January 11
10 more inches.
My real estate agent and John says I have to shovel the roof or it could cave in.
That’s the silliest thing I ever heard.   How dumb do they think I am?

January 20
Roof caved in.
I beat up the snow plow driver, and now he is suing me for a $500,000, not only the beating I gave him, but also for trying to shove the broken snow shovel up his butt.
The wife left me and went home with the kids to her mother.
Nine more inches predicted.

January 30
I set fire to what’s left of the house.
No more shoveling.

February 12
Feel so good.
I just love those little white pills they keep giving me.
Why am I tied to the bed?


I hope you enjoy the story

Russ Ravary your Livonia real estate agent serving Wayne and Oakland County


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