Storm Home: the day After

Snow Shovel is my Friend? My Back thinks OTW
Snow Shovel is my Friend? My Back thinks OTW

A-freakin-mazing the amount of work it took to dig into the chicken pen. For two eggs. What were we thinking?

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Fred First holds masters degrees in Vertebrate Zoology and physical therapy, and has been a biology teacher and physical therapist by profession. He moved to southwest Virginia in 1975 and to Floyd County in 1997. He maintains a daily photo-blog, broadcasts essays on the Roanoke NPR station, and contributes regular columns for the Floyd Press and Roanoke's Star Sentinel. His two non-fiction books, Slow Road Home and his recent What We Hold in Our Hands, celebrate the riches that we possess in our families and communities, our natural bounty, social capital and Appalachian cultures old and new. He has served on the Jacksonville Center Board of Directors and is newly active in the Sustain Floyd organization. He lives in northeastern Floyd County on the headwaters of the Roanoke River.

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  1. It makes for some beautiful and perfect seasonal photo opps….
    still…Better thou than me. Oh! We too have snow but nothing that deep.
    Merry Christmas.
    Happy Holidays

  2. 12 inches on the ground in Spotsylvania and we are under a blizzard warning through 6 PM. By the time I got the deck and driveway shoveled you could barely tell that I had done anything.

  3. This is one time I’m glad we are in New Orleans and not yet living there, but by next winter we will be. Stay warm and don’t have any accidents.

  4. Sounds like time to reevaluate the chicken pen location…Like maybe closer to the garden fortress.

    Beautiful shot though. I can see Christmas card shots for years to come in the offing.

    Speaking of shots, received the calendar today. Much impressed with the quality…and the images.

  5. Okay, you’re pushing me towards a I TOLD YOU SO moment.

    I opted for next to the garden shed. OH NO we couldn’t do that, we’d have chickens on this side of the road!

    It wasn’t a week before they were coming over scratching in the compost. Now, they are scratching around in the foundation plantings right under my window!

    But she was right, I was wrong, and I’ll just hush.

    Glad you like the calendar!

  6. Wow! That’s some snow. Makes me remember the several comparable blizzards here in the midwest, and one in 1977 when we lived in Colorado. It’s beautiful for the first five minutes, and as long as you don’t have to go anywhere. Yeah, right! That’s enough snow for the whole winter. Just try to be a kid again!