We knew this day was coming…our first real Minnesota snow of the month. Chris & I were guarding the fort while my sister and family were running errands. The snow just kept pouring down and it occurred to us, they might not be able to get back in the driveway-so Chris & I -reverse snowbirds that we are—-from Arizona, but oddly choosing December as the time to come hang out in Minnesota-found ourselves taking turns using a small shovel and a broom to clear the driveway. The broom actually seemed to work better, but it was tiring pushing the thick heavy snow. I’m glad we were doing it as a favor though and not as a routine consequence of living in a cold snowy climate. The sheer novelty of the situation made it fun. It was a cold but pretty night, and our efforts paid off-making the driveway passable until the snow plow could come.