Sunday, February 12, 2006

Three Ds

D is for digging out.D is for digging out On Saturday and Sunday a winter storm dumped 14 to 18 inches (35.5 to 45.7 cm) of snow roundabout Exit 151 – perhaps twice that in drifts – and I've been shoveling ever since. I usually dig out the driveway, the sidewalks, the fire hydrant, my evergreen shrubs, and the path to a neighbor who doesn't have sidewalks (pictured with a yellow yardstick for scale). Then I put out birdseed and a dish of water, because snow cover makes finding food and especially drink more difficult. Speaking of which...

D is for diner. New Jersey is dotted with these mid-century style eating establishments, many family owned and operated. They do very well against the big chain franchises. This year my bicycle club has given the diner pride of place on its annual jersey, with the strenuous exhortation motto, "Eat to Ride! Ride to Eat!" (Dang. Who plastered the club logo on the butt? As if spandex bike shorts aren't sufficiently embarrassing.) While many diners cater to auto traffic and ignore peds and bicyclists, the Broadway Diner in Bayonne ("World's Best Pancakes") and the legendary Runcible Spoon in Nyack, NY are two famed bicycle-friendly places.

And D is for dog hair. DH gave me Knitting with Dog Hair and one of these days.... I've got to learn to handspin first, though.

(See the rest of my ABCs.)


--Deb said...

Too much snow, don't you think?? I'm still sore, and I just had to clear off a car and shovel a small part of the driveway (the rest of it gets plowed) . . . and, of course, throw snowballs for Chappy. But . . . ugh! Tired!

And, the spinning? Well, you should know that spinning is FUN!!

Shhhh Secret Pal said...

I was worried about you! I am glad you got enough snow to make it pretty, but not SO much that you can't get out. Man... that is seriously a lot of snow!