Wintertime – Living is Easy

In honor of National Heart Month, and drawing inspiration from my new buddy Tombee Taker who just re-blogged his BlogFestivus post (, I’m throwing this one back out there into the blogosphere.

Beth Bates

winter is easyApproaching the six year anniversary of the 95 percent blockage in my 38 year-old lower anterior descending artery, I’m still counting my blessings. Happy to be alive, that’s what I am. I snuggle longer, stress less, laugh more, eat dessert first, kiss my sleeping kids — all that jazz. But: I miss shoveling snow!

At the end of a week in the hospital recovering from my freak heart attack, the doctor sent me home with a list of activities and corresponding time frames when I would be allowed to return to them. “Walk a block – one week. Light house work – two weeks. Climb stairs – three weeks. Have sex – four weeks. Shovel snow – NEVER.”

Indiana was blessed with a lovely snow storm last night. Balm to my soul. Anyone who knows me knows I didn’t leave Colorado in my rearview mirror seven years ago. It hangs…

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Published by Beth Bates

Writer, writing coach, book editor, CNF instructor, connector, mom, wife, and lover of fresh air, grass, trees, birds, waves, sand, mountains, stories, and travel Let's be friends on Twitter @bethbates

2 thoughts on “Wintertime – Living is Easy

  1. Thanks for the shout out! I’ve blogged every single day since 2009. That’s turned into an insurmountable streak that hangs over my head like a sword. Good times!

    Along the way, to get a little heat off my back, I came up with the ideas of “Reblog Saturday” (where I find any worthy WordPress post from the preceding week) and “Regurgitation Sunday” where I reblog myself. These two steps cut my blog workload by two-sevenths. (I did the math.)

    That’s why I reblog myself once a week. It has nothing to do with thinking my stuff is any good. 🙂

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