And so, it has become a beautiful day and all the worries of yesterday were for naught.
I slept well for a change, and awoke at 5:30 refreshed. In short spurts, I shovelled out enough of the driveway to open the gates and get my 4x4 out to the road and down the icy hill to the lawyer's office. The papers are signed, the cheque is turned over, and the house shall be mine.
I returned to the house to find - SURPRISE! - Rob the Plowman had returned from Thailand yesterday and was busy shovelling out the rest of the drive and clearing the path to the pasture and barn. Now Ellen will be able to come piggysit and dogsit this weekend while I go to the island to claim my housekeys.
I went back into town for the cash to pay Rob, and discovered the warm, brilliant sunlight and the efficient city crews had turned the roads to wet, bare thoroughfares - and so I will head off to class and torture - er, test - my students with their midterm exam. And then go visit my Emma.
It is Christmas-card-perfect out there right now - brilliant blue sky on smooth sparkling snow. It is a beautiful world indeed. The Goddess has smiled.
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Charley in snow