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winter has clearly arrived

Thursday's blizzard warning was definitely worth staying home for.  Thursday morning I shoveled about 6" of overnight snow that had been thoroughly soaked by alternating rain and snow showers.  As was I by the time I was done, but I was glad I made the effort:  it made shoveling the second round of snow manageable. 

All the snow was sticky; it sank into the trees and then froze, bending arborvitae and willows to the ground and folding the evergreens like umbrellas.  A few branches broke, but the power didn't go out, despite the wind that kept pelting my house with chunks of dislodged ice.  Other places fared worse.
I'm not sure what it says about me that a mere foot of snow sounds like not such a big deal.  Madison got somewhere around 20".  But the heavy wet quality of the snow combined with my somewhat atrophied shoveling muscles (way too much desk work this year) made it all seem tougher than in the past.  I am a stubborn homeowner who - for various reasons - does not own a snowblower.  And I have a lengthy country driveway.  I also have two Steelcore curve-handled shovels (I'm sufficiently fond of the style to want a spare).
The second round of shoveling on Friday morning cleared exit routes for both cars.  But by the time I'd finished it was late enough that I decided to work from home on Friday as well.  It took a third round (Saturday) to clear the rest of the driveway and turnaround.  I hardly ever do a third round. 
I spent much of the weekend sleeping, searching for protein to consume, and popping Advil.  Recovered now.  And what doesn't kill me...will make me more able to deal with the next storm.
Speaking of protein, of a sort, I took a bunch of leftover rolls and made a nice chocolate-cranberry-coconut-almond bread pudding.  I had a lot of coconut and was a little short on eggs, so it's somewhere between bread pudding and a giant macaroon.  Tasty, though.  Not too sweet - I added spices to the milk-egg mix but no sugar; all the other ingredients already contained sugar.
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