I spent Friday night trying to clear out the driveway, front steps and sidewalk at my house. I had to shovel a lot of the snow at the end of my driveway, because it was so packed down and heavy, the snowblower wouldn't cut through it. That took most of my evening and I decided to leave my deck and patio for the morning and went out for supper with my wife.

I got up early on Saturday morning and went outside to size up the situation and the snow looked beautiful in the backyard. The snow was curled over the gutters on my roof and quite deep on the children's picnic table on my deck and the swing in the swingset. The white snow contrasted with the dark green branches of the evergreen trees that line my backyard and crowned the top of the windmill in my wife's flower garden.