Snow Shoveling 101: Shoveling During A Storm

Shoveling Snow 101 by Deborah Ann Davis

I don’t know about your Nor’easter, but my Nor’easter dumps a lot of snow! But it’s so lovely. When I go out in the middle of it to feed the birds (those little flying mosquito-eaters), I shovel a bit.

“What?” you exclaim. “You shovel in the middle of the storm?”

Of course I do. Now, in the middle of the storm. Why ? Let me count the ways.

Snow Shoveling 101: Shoveling During A Storm – Lesson 2

10 Reasons for Snow Shoveling During A Storm

  1. The snow is not as deep now, so the shovel loads are lighter.
  2. You get a full body exercise now, and at the end of the storm.
  3. Your metabolism gets revved up for a day of working on your latest book, while being snowed in. Burn those calories!
  4. You spend a few moments in nature and feel her awesome power, a very humbling experience.
  5. At the end of the storm, the snow will not be as deep where you shoveled before, so the shovel loads will be lighter… and create less strain on your heart if you are not used to exercise.
  6. You will be fitting in two workouts today, one now, and one when the storm is over.
  7. Instead of your kids viewing Mother Nature’s awesome power through the window like they were watching a video game, you can introduce them to it personally. Hand them a shovel. (Instant Quality Family Time)
  8. Increasing movement (i.e., shoveling) increases the amount of lubrication to your joints.
  9. Exertion causes your lymph to move, which will rid your body of waste faster.
  10. You will sleep more soundly after exercising.Snow Shoveling 101: Snow Shoveling During A Storm by Deborah Ann Davis

10 Problems With Shoveling During A Storm

  1. You have no boots, gloves, hats, scarves, winter coats or shovels. You’re excused from shoveling, but you are not off the hook. Put on some fun music and dance around until someone comes to dig you out.
  2. According to Newton’s concept of inertia, a body at rest will stay at rest unless acted on by an outside force. Hence, the weather is creating the following attitude: “I don’t wanna go outside… >>insert appropriate whiny tone<<
  3. Your hat, scarf, mittens, coat, pants, socks and books will get all wet. C’mon! That’s what the back of the kitchen chair is for. Plus, leaving snow-crusted clothing out to dry will add moisture into the indoor air. (That’s actually a benefit.)
  4. You will feel compelled to have a cup of hot chocolate afterwards. (Note to self: Move 3+4 to “Benefits”)
  5. You are stuck underneath a heavy piece of furniture. In that case, you’re excused from shoveling.
  6. You are an extremely old or extremely ill individual. You,too, are excused from shoveling.
  7. Ummmm…

Nothing’s coming to me. I think you are going to have to make up the rest of the problems yourself.

So, we are agreed. Go shovel early in the storm. Come back inside, and for the next 6-8 hours, alternately rest up, and dance around and wiggle. Then gather the family for a second round of shoveling. For more information, check out Lesson 1!

What’s your shoveling strategy?


Segments of this article appeared in my blog, Merry Meddling, last year. With the snow we’ve been getting, it seemed like a good idea to resurrect it. For more quirky posts, sign up for my blog and/or newsletter.

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The First Kiss Moment – Romance Outside Of A Book

The First Kiss Moment with Deborah and Herb Davis, Happily Ever After, Venice Beach California

The First Kiss Moment?

The boy I had a mad crush on stood across from me, arms folded across his chest.

“We’ve been dating for a couple of months, and I think I should be able to kiss you,” he said, his tone somber, his demeanor grave, his brow drawn.

It was true. It had been a couple of months. After stalking him at the beginning of the school year, he had chosen to spend time with me. Me. Alone.

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Snow Shoveling 101: Shoveling Lessons

Let me introduce myself. I’m the Wiggle Writer, the personal trainer/author who teaches writers, or anyone chained to a desk, how to add movement to their day.

You’re busy. I get it. So busy, in fact, that your shape is starting to resemble your chair (think about it…). If you want an alternative, the solution is easy, but I’ll save that topic for another day.

Today’s discussion of snow shoveling techniques is motivated by the impending storm about to hit Connecticut tonight. Read more ›

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Don’t Take Reviews Personally

Jack Canfield's Chicken Soup for the Soul Rejection

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I joined a writing group before I became a writer. Hanging around the periphery, I watched and learned, feeling like a poser who had snuck in. I didn’t have a story to write, just a mishmash of ideas generated by pop songs. Who knows why I hung in there, but I did. I didn’t actually start writing until a guest speaker stated, “You don’t have to have a story in order to begin writing.”

“Well, hey!” I thought, “I don’t have a story!” And so my writing journey began. At first I was simply stringing together some of the ideas bouncing around in my head. Eventually I created a (great) manuscript. Then I was faced with the really big question: Read more ›

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SMART Goals for the New Year

If you have teenagers, this would be a good time to take a look at the first two marking periods, evaluate and assess their progress, and make some New Year’s Resolutions. This is not the time or place to be judgmental. This is the time to build a team where you are on their side, facing the challenge together. Read more ›

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6 Ways to Reduce Holiday Overeating

Do you need a way to control your holiday indulgences? How about

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Is this the scenario of your post-holiday feasts? Bodies strewn all over the living room furniture. Belts loosened. Groans of regret fill the air. “I’ll never eat that much again!”

Fifteen minutes later the hostess enters the room and announces dessert is ready. Groaning ceases. Bodies haul themselves into upright positions. Glazed eyes become focused. “I suppose I could manage just a little bit of something-something.” The living room empties and the dining room overflows.

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The Mom Tribe

As an author, I am often asked where I find my inspiration. Nearly everything comes from my surroundings. Anything you say or do may end up in my next story.

Here’s a perfect example: I was in Bradley Airport, on my way to visit The Cherub in D.C., when a child’s distressed voice made me pause. I followed a frightened little girl seeking her father, scanning the area for an officer in case she was truly lost. Instead what I saw was within the sound of the child’s voice, various women interrupted what they were doing to find out what was going on; a random group of strangers bound by a common concern—the safety of someone else’s kid. Our lives had intersected in space and time, and for an instant, we were one united tribe, a group of mothers who protect the young…The Mom Tribe. Read more ›

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20 Minutes Can Change Your Life

It’s true. 20 Minutes can change your life…depending on how you fill those 20 minutes. Do you have 20 minutes to learn how to help the planet? Or 20 minutes to share with your family? How about 20 minutes to examine your life? Or to feel more empowered?

What if you could do all of those things in the same 20 minutes?

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10 Mistakes To Avoid In English

Having trouble with English? Of course you are. English is one convoluted confusing language, unlike the blissfully simplistic realm of Science. As a Wordsmith, and not as a Science cruncher, let me share 10 Mistakes To Avoid In English.

  1. Flammable, Inflammable, and Unflammable mean the same thing: Burnable. (Okay, Unflammable is not a real word, but if it was, it would mean Burnable.)

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Back to School


It’s Back To School Time!

The first hint that school is around the corner is the suddenly cool evenings in August. The second is the first orange leaves scattered among the trees. The third is the endless commercials for Back to School sales. I decided to celebrate the return to academia with my own way…
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