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Sunday, February 4, 2018

The Rowing Team

 One of the best things I've done in recent memory was to hire the University Rowing Team to shovel the snow on our driveway and walkways.

More than a month ago now the doorbell rang one evening and I looked outside to find 7 or 8 young people, all tall and with massive shoulder spans, selling a season pass of snow shovelling to raise money for their team.  "Sign me up" I fairly shouted.
It wasn't inexpensive but I knew that for us it would be a bargain: my snow shovelling muscles have gone kaput and MrBP is busier at work than he's been during any winter ever.

I woke up this morning at 7am to a house of absolute silence: Lil' Rascal is at a sleeplessover, MrBP is already at his office, and Scout is flaked out in Ole Rascal's room in a deep dog slumber.
 I peeked outside to find our snow already cleared.  The Rowing Team shows up at about 6:30am if we've had any snow at all, so all is sorted by the time I have my first coffee.

I still haven't seen them in action but my hubs caught them one morning.  He said they swooped in, the team of them, and made quick work of it, effortlessly throwing snow up on the banks with those strong young backs and shoulders.
They're like superheroes!
I leave you with a picture of my neighbour's house across the street, on a snowy but bright morning last week.  Today is overcast with heavy snow clouds and cold, we are blanketed in a winter wonderland.

I'll be home tackling my housework today and then sorting out snacks and treats for later this afternoon: it's Miller Time tonight aka The Super Bowl!  Are you watching?  This is like Christmas for football-crazed MrBP.

Happy Sunday,
xoxDani

20 comments:

  1. How wonderful to support a good cause and get your drive and walks cleared. That's a win-win in my books. It was always such a chore for DH and I to do that when we lived in Saskatchewan. The children loved the winter wonderland that the snow turned their yard into, and we moaned at the upcoming labor to move it all!

    DH does not care much about football, yet we always watch the Superbowl. I think we may like the commercials better than the game itself. We skip formal dinner and have noshes and snacks all afternoon.

    I hope MrBP enjoys the game! Have a lovely Sunday, Dani.

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    1. SD the Super Bowl was fun wasn't it! Except for that fellow getting hurt early on though.
      I dreaded shovelling the snow so much, this has been a great thing for us! xx

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  2. Oh that's great!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    We don't care about football, but we'll have the game on. I usually like to see the half time show. LOL. Dance, music, costumes = entertainment! Enjoy the day, Dani!

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    1. Vava did you like the half time show? I wasn't sure about JT"s outfit to be honest. I liked the Tide commercial with that Stranger Things fellow! xx

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  3. What a great idea!! I love to read about young people having wonderful initiatives and ideas. And it made me double smile as my son in now a rower as well. I just cannot picture your heroe team rowing in such weather, while here, the rowers start their season in January! Obviously our weather is nothing related to yours, but we have had our share of cool and rainy days, and I always, always think of them...

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    1. Steph the rowers train all winter in the gym but of course they can't get on the water until April or May. They are definitely an initiative bunch! Rowing is great for kids, teaches them discipline and teamwork. And no head injuries. So good that your son is a rower!xx

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  4. Hi Dani. Ha! Sleeplessover - that's up there with 'floordrobe'! I used to be the main snow shoveller for our household, but we finally bought a snow plough in the sales last year and now my husband loves to clear the driveway! That's what he's doing as I write.

    We are not into football so no, we won't be watching. Enjoy your Sunday, and the game!

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    1. Patricia well done to buy a snow plough. Ugh it's a dreadful chore. Haha I know Sleeplessover is an apt description isn't it! xx

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    2. I have to correct myself - I guess it's actually a snow blower!

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  5. The track team snow shovellers sounds like a brilliant service! Bravo for you to save your muscles and help fund the team sports.

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    1. Hostess it's really great, they were here twice yesterday! xx

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  6. Super bowl - i used to go to the get togethers at homes but here it is absolutely not a thing. Rugby is on instead - just as boring hehe

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    1. Naomi yes I would find watching rugby boring! I never watch the entire Super Bowl, after half time I like to read my book instead.xx

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  7. It was a day of ballet in the afternoon and then over to my daughter and son-in-law's for the Super Bowl. The ballet, the Bolshoi, was live-streamed from Moscow at a local movie theater. It was my first time seeing a performance live-streamed and I must say I enjoyed it immensely! Then lots of interesting noshes at the Super Bowl get-together. I made a New England Clam Chowder Dip and it turned out well. Even though we reside in Virginia now, both my husband and I are native New Englanders. Go Patriots!

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    1. Anon hope you weren't too disappointed with the outcome! Your clam chowder dip sounds delicious though. And the ballet, how interesting! I have wondered how those live streams in theatres are. xx

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    2. Feeling a bit deflated this morning about the Patriots' loss. The live-streaming has its advantages in that the camera angles and close-ups allow you to see what may not be apparent to those in the theater's audience. It was definitely very enjoyable.

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  8. What a great idea, fund-raising by shovelling snow. I wish they were close to my DD's place, I'd be happy to pay for her too, and support the team at the same time. Your neighbour's house looks very attractive in the snow. Winter Wonderland indeed.
    PS just sorting through my snow pictures, plan to frame one or two of the best, happy memories.

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    1. Patricia I bet your DD would love it, like Guelph Ottawa is a bit of a snow belt, so much to shovel all winter!
      Those pictures will be lovely reminders of your Christmas here with your family. xx

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  9. What a great idea to hire them and them to offer!

    Tabitha

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  10. What a brilliant idea! I'd love that.

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