A Walk In The Snow

‘The Beast From The East’ hit Northern Ireland with a vengeance today. We awoke to a carpet of white and it has continued to snow heavily all day. Sub zero temperatures combined with a brutal wind chill factor have just added to the fun & games. As usual the country has descended into utter chaos. The kids weren’t complaining though as all the schools were closed meaning they could concentrate on some serious snowman construction.

As for me. Well I drove the on call car into work this morning risking life and limb on the giant skating rink that was the motorway into Belfast. The snowfall meant I had no idea what lane I was in half the time much to the displeasure of psychopathic lorry drivers thundering past me in the overtaking lane. I resolved, upon finally reaching the office, that I was getting the train home even if this meant a three mile walk from my stop to the house. I would walk along the towpath at one with nature.

This seemed a good idea for all of about 15 seconds before I slipped and landed on my backside with all the grace of a drunken walrus. Luckily the towpath was deserted meaning my blushes were spared. I also escaped injury although I was more concerned about my I-Phone ending up in a drift after it catapulted out of my hand as I was performing my mid-air Swan Lake routine. I had been taking a selfie at the time to send Fionnuala and the kids which made my tumble even more ridiculous looking.

My three mile scenic ramble turned into a death match. Now I’m not one to exaggerate but I now know how those German soldiers felt on the retreat from Stalingrad. One of the characters in my novel will be a German soldier *spoiler alert* so at least I could look upon the experience as character development. The scenery would have been breathtaking had I any breath to take. Unfortunately the bitter breeze took care of that.

I’d rather run a marathon any day than walk three miles in deep snow. It was like jogging through treacle. My calves were aching, I had brain freeze (without a scoop of ice cream to be had) and my feet were getting increasingly damp. I was in a thoroughly foul mood when I saw a sight for sore eyes (and face and calves and backside) approaching me. It was Adam who had set out walking to meet me at the half way point. Upon seeing me he burst into one of those slow motion romantic comedy runs while playing Celine Dion’s ‘My Heart Will Go On’ from his phone.

It truly was a special moment….

He carried one of my bags and kept me company for the rest of the journey home. We were also able to retrace his steps which meant there was no more virgin snow to traverse. We talked about rugby (predictably) but other topics as well. It was a walk I will never forget. Horrendous at times, comedic at others and, finally, touching and enjoyable as I got to spend some quality ‘man time’ with my son. We also got to see some yellow snow (snigger) that a passing dog walker had left behind. And by that I mean the dog and not the dog walker. Or at least I hope so.

I arrived home to a bowl of homemade leek & potato soup and a set of warm clothes from Fionnuala. I then collapsed onto the sofa from where I’m currently composing this post. Looking outside the snow scene looks much more appealing than when I was actually out in it. I am grateful to be home in a warm house. I am grateful that the fridges and cupboards are full and we will not go hungry. And, most importantly, I am grateful that I can return to a loving family who care about me. We should never take any of the above for granted. I most certainly don’t.

What’s the weather like where you are today?

What are you grateful for today?

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  1. I enjoyed your sense of humor! I was laughing as I was reading this blog. Greetings from America! I’m from the South, so we usually don’t get heavy snowfall, but there was one year when we did get a lot of snow, and I remember how unpleasant it was to walk in deep snow. Today, it’s in the 50’s (F) (probably 20’s C?) and it’s a little windy and cloudy. As far as what I’m thankful for, I’m thankful for God and his patience with me. Haha! 😆

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  2. It snowed during the night and there were 5 centimetres white coat everywhere when I got up… Seeing the snow is pretty but going out it’s awful… especially if one has to go to where or run errands…

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  3. Our weather has been warmer and rainy lately. Today, it’s pretty windy (well, windy for us, lol! Here it’s windy most of the time) but the temps are nicer in the 40°s and 50°s.
    Every day, I make a mental list of things I am thankful for. I’m thankful for our home, a cozy bed to get into every night, plenty of food, what a good Lord He is to us… I could go on and on. Stay safe in the cold over there! Post a picture of your snowman ⛄😜

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  4. I am in Kent, near Deal, and only today the ‘beast’ has left its hoof print upon my lawn, previous to this Mother Nature cleared it away with albeit biting winds, but glorious sun 🙂

    What am l grateful for? That as much as l wanted to see the snows, it hasn’t clobbered us like it has hit others.

    By the way, have just nominated you and your blog for the Blogger Appreciation award 🙂

    https://aguycalledbloke.blog/2018/03/01/blogger-appreciation-award-nomination-ii/

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  5. Just took my youngest in for his med clinic appointment today. His usual staff member that takes him in had an emergency to attend to so he was taken in by one of the staff from the day program he was in two years ago. The nurse remembered him and was thrilled to see how well he’s doing now.

    I’m thrilled and beyond grateful for the medical care my son receives and for the progress he’s made. The worst we’ve had to manage since this last Christmas is swearing and compared to everything else we used to struggle with, this feels like very tiny potatoes.

    Someday he’ll understand the nuances of language and when it’s appropriate for whom. I’m also grateful that I have faith in knowing we’ll get there. Four or five years ago, I wasn’t too sure.

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  6. It is wet and rainy here in Norfolk, VA. Not too chilly though. But we’re expecting some high winds though from a Nor’easter passing nearby.

    What am I grateful for today? Second chances…..most definitely. God is the God of second chances….and third chances…

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  7. You are such an entertaining writer. From The Walrus fall to the Swan Lake routine to the greeting of your son you had me laughing and enjoying you’re bitter Journey.

    I really can associate with this post. Sounds like a good old Iowa blizzard to me. We haven’t had any of those this year but I put my car in a ditch several years ago during a blizzard and I only had to walk about a half-mile in similar weather conditions to what you had. That was far enough for me. I can’t imagine 3 miles. I’m surprised you weren’t Frozen.

    I am thankful we have had a fairly mild winter even though officially we have been 10 degrees below last year all winter. I’ve been able to get out walking a few times and I’m grateful for that. There are so many things to be thankful for I don’t want to take up too much space. I’ll just say what I usually say. God has been very merciful to me.

    Be blessed my friend

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  8. Hi! I’m new here. I really enjoyed reading your post. Beyond my window a mountain range in Colorado looms before me. The sky is, as usual for 7500 feet above sea level, a brilliant blue. Currently it is waaaaay too dry, which makes folks round these parts more than a little anxious. We had two major fires here back in 2012 and 2013 when a long season of dryness made the surrounding area a tinder-box. Those of us who lived through them and those of us who came afterwards to weep with those who wept won’t easily forget the heartache of such tragedies. So we’re praying. I’m thankful for the keeping presence of the LORD that companions me so intimately.

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    1. I hope and pray that you get some snow soon – I grew up in Colorado and my parents still reside there. Their snowfall isn’t nearly as plentiful as is needed for the summer runoff, so we’re praying too.

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  9. under snow since yesterday here,today was madness…..we have a snow wall of chine working progress in the garden and snowman to guard it over night,lol.hold in there.

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  10. In So. IL it is around 55 degrees, cloudy, windy, been raining some, and some sunshine for a moment or two. We could have snow later this evening or tornadoes or thunderstorms. Tomorrow is supposed to be cool but lots of sun! Here if you don’t like the weather, blink and it will change.

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  11. The weather here today is cloudy and 35 degrees. This lull will be broken by the 1 to 2 feet of snow that is predicted for tomorrow. However as our yearly average is 250 inches (a little over 20 feet), I think we will be able to handle it.
    I am grateful these days that I no longer have a 60 mile round trip to make through all that snow for work. Running our ministry full time is at least as challenging as a stormy drive, but so much more rewarding!
    Glad you made it home safely,
    Chuck

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  12. Well, it’s been raining all day here in Central California and I’m incredibly grateful because we are so, so dry.

    I loved your story – it’s kind of funny how those conversations happen when we least expect them to, isn’t it? I find that having heartfelt conversations my son {he’s 14} tend to not happen if I force them, even if I have to clamp my mouth shut to keep from blurting out the first bit of advice that pops to my mind. 🙂

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