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Lines In The Snow


Make The Time

What place to go

Things to accomplish

There are so many options

We can take the old stand

Then again we can change direction

What will our next experience be?

There is always a choice

We need to talk

Thinking and preparing for the next move

Can be the most exhilarating experience

What could be right

May not happen

Even the farthest thing from our mind may simply occur

We can fight it and struggle day to day

Keep looking for a better way

Problems just don't disappear

Everything looks different now

We don't need a lot of trouble

Waiting to push forward

By stepping up and wanting it really, really bad

Connecting with my own abilties

To handle any situation that arises

Complaining is not my style

I believe in myself

Knowing inside each thing I try

Is a job well done

Not necessarily done well

As my talent and skill vary

I still search to find my place

Creating as I move along

The same thing so many talented people have always done

Finding a way

Not putting off or giving up

Knuckling down when things get rough


DREAM ON (author) on January 24, 2019:

John Hansen I always welcome comments and friends. Life is too short not to accept help from other people. It is impossible to live life by ourselves. Even if we could, what a lonely life that would be? I want to thank you for your interest in my hubs. I think my hubs are a way to explore my mind and the thoughts that are filling my head. As soon as one comes out another fills the spot. A long slow process. I have to sit down for this one. To live life on the edge of understanding and appreciation. I am always looking for answers. Some I will find. Most will just lead to more questions. Now that is a funny thought I have repeated all my life. Now is no different. Thank you for all that you do. Have a sweet and magical day.

DREAM ON (author) on January 24, 2019:

John Hansen The time now in Australia is 16 hours ahead of Maine. i have a Google Home and it is amazing. You can ask it so many questions and you get instant answers. I will tell you more in a little bit. I love to read many hubs. Every writer has a different style and passion. There is so much to learn. One step at a time we will go farther than we thought possible. it is six A.M. and I am writing a little more often than commenting. I am always looking for a balance. Learning as we go. What a joy it is. Have a beautiful morning oops sorry a wonderful night. See a few slight errors but in the end we learn to get on the right track. Thank you for your support and help.

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on January 24, 2019:

Well, Mike, your last comment to me was two days ago..sorry I haven't got back here until now. It is now 8.30pm here in Australia. It is great to be able to converse with fellow writers and I feel it is important to read and leave comments on as many of your friend's articles as possible. Time often controls how many you can get to, however. have a great day.

DREAM ON (author) on January 24, 2019:

Gypsy Rose Lee I do something like you do. I make a list a mile long. Then whatever I accomplish I know it is so much more than no list at all.If I can accomplish twenty percent I know it is like someone else finishing eighty percent. So if I am good enough to get half done I am batting niney percent. Unheard of and I keep shooting for the stars. One day I might just hit one. Thank you for sharing and caring. It is amazing how busy our life can be. Then again it is even more amazing how wonderful people are and how we get to experience life that is so great. Have a peaceful night.

DREAM ON (author) on January 24, 2019:

Ann Carr The snow looks so perfect. Beautiful in every way. When we touch it, it is so delicate and soft. The tiniest wind can make the snow look so different. Out in the cold if you are not dressed properly it can change your thoughts from wonderful to disaster. Thank you so much for reading and sharing. Have a wonderful night.

Ann Carr from SW England on January 23, 2019:

Great memories! It is a shame to touch unblemished snow, isn't it? I always think it looks so pristine and is nature at its best - pure.


DREAM ON (author) on January 23, 2019:

Ann Carr I went out to shovel after our first snow storm. In the past I have shoveled many times. Each time I grab my faithful shovel and start somewhere. Usually down by the stairs and work my way across our driveway. Then at the end I go back to our backstairs. If I have time I do our front stairs. If I have lots of time I do our back deck. If it is going to snow a lot I might just start with the back deck to get all the weight off the deck. Then do our car. If we are getting more snow I move one car out of the driveway off to the side so we can park our other car in front. We have a neighbor that will plow for us. I still like to go outside and shovel. It reminds me when I was little and I use to shovel out for my parents and then I would walk up the street and shovel out for my older brother. My mom and dad lived on a corner house so as soon as you finished shoveling the plow would plow snow right back in the same spot. Then you would go back out and shovel again. One year I got smart and I put boxes out so when the plow came around he had to go around the boxes and it saved my fathers parking spot. i don't think he was to happy though. My mom and dads house use to get a snow drift when it was windy and it was directly in front our door. So more snow to shovel. I also had to shovel around back near our cellar door just incase we lost power. The door had to be clear to check the furness. Access was only from the outside. My older brother at the time would always find somewhere to go to avoid shoveling. So I go stuck. I didn't like it much then but I knew it had to be done. I got use to shoveling and I began to like it. Out in the snow. Me with nature. The wind in my face. The snow blowing lightly. The beauty all around me. A piece of nature untouched by human hands. Then I would go and disturb it all. I was the mean one. I felt sad. Then again I was never so happy to see a path I cut through 8 inches of snow. A mound so high that I built. i could go in any direction. My mothers house had a chain link fence in front and I was told to throw it over the fence. The wait of the snow on the fence could break it. So it was a challenge to throw it up and over and far away. Now i have my own home and I have my own routine. An imaginary series of do's and don't. That really is all in my head. Does it really matter how the snow is shoveled as long as it is shoveled. I sometimes carry the snow far away from our home. So when it melts it will be away from our cellar. If the snow melts too fast we get water in our basement. We have a pump but it can't keep up with the great water flow. So I would say I know or think it would be best. Then again our neighbors house is higher than our land and when everything melts the snow turns to water and flows down hill right to us. The snow stories continue...

Ann Carr from SW England on January 22, 2019:

Lines in the snow... great idea. Reminds me also of deep footprints in the snow, all going in different directions, along with paw prints! It's fun to follow whatever path you choose - even though you might get stuck!

Great flow of thoughts here.


Gypsy Rose Lee from Daytona Beach, Florida on January 21, 2019:

I usually like to attack each day with positive thought and am only satisfied if I can finish the day have accomplished at least half of what I set out to do. My cat Sid has started singing serenades on the rooftop and seems to enjoy this way of life. He sends his sincerest meows to Charlotte.

DREAM ON (author) on January 21, 2019:

John Hansen It is 5:30 A.M. here in Maine. What time is it in Australia? I don't want to keep you from doing other things. I really enjoyed our chats. My cat Charlotte woke me up and I thought I would put my time to good use. I am going back to bed for a little bit. If not I will be exhausted all day. Thank you for being a fellow writer who I am proud to call a friend. I have friends who I grew up with for years who wouldn't take the time to write a simple comment on any of my writings. It's not their thing. They find the time to do everything else. So I often think what kind of friend can they be. Maybe one day I will be able to turn it into another writing. For now, people are pretty amazing and also pretty complicated at the same time. I don't think I will ever know what makes them tick. Good morning to you and have a special lovely day.

DREAM ON (author) on January 21, 2019:

John Hansen I look at other writers stories and I am blown away like a kite on a windy day. Your work is also one that I admire and marvel at. I also love to read. I don't read as many hubs as I would like. I am pressed for time. Unsure if this is the way to go. Do I give quick comments and read more. Then I just read your wonderful comment and you made every thought I feel right again. Thank you. It is amazing how words change lives. They encourage us to do better than we ever thought possible. One of the things I love about writing is that it is an ongoing process. Every thought builds on the one before. Somehow automatically without our knowledge. Then one day we sit at this keyboard and vowels form words and words form sentences and there we have it a wonderful, incredible one of a kind work of art. The rest is history. Years fly by like birds in the sky. Where they go I am not sure. Another problem to solve. I could be up all morning trying to figure out the beauty in life. Then again Nellieanna taught me to breathe and let things happen. We can't rush the day like we can't make our hair grow any faster. Enjoy it as it may. Have a wonderful and loving day.

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on January 21, 2019:

Mike, the same thing happens to me when I try to leave a lengthy or in-depth comment. I must hit something unintentionally and it will disappear, sometimes that also happens a second time as well....and I end up being frustrated and leave a smaller more concise comment.

Yes, I also have to thank my wife for her continued patience giving me so many free hours to write. Take care.

DREAM ON (author) on January 21, 2019:

John Hansen Now I am proud to give you a follow up on your second question. For you to check back and look for my response is the gravy on my mashed potatoes. Coleslaw with my chicken. Butter on my corn. These are just a few things I love and I love your comments the same way or even more. When I sit down to write I tap lightly on my keys. I am a lefty. Sometimes my left -hand goes too far left and I hit some key that bounces me out of my comment. Sometimes right out of the hub completely. Then I say to myself what did I just do? I don't have an answer. I think wow that really bites it. I spent the last ten minutes thinking of something I wanted to say. Finally wrote it. All gone. The next comment isn't the same. I do my best to recapture my thoughts. It is like it walked away and left me holding the bag. Then of course, there are times work gets busy and I need to make time. I just want to let you know 99.99999 percent of the time if my response doesn't come up it is human error. Please feel free to check back and say hey wake up Mike. Did you fall asleep at the keys? Which has happened to me on more than one occasion? That's another story. I want to thank you personally but I don't think I am going to fly to Australia anytime soon. So for now, this is the best I can do. I will also be thinking of a better way. When I do come up with a solid plan you will be the first to know. I hope your morning is great. A special thanks go out to your wife who gives you free time to share your special words with me. I know I couldn't have written the things I have done without my wife's indirect help. Even though each writing I take credit for. She deserves half or even more.

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on January 21, 2019:

Thank you for explaining that in such a wonderful way. I think it is admirable that you stand on your principles in letting your words stand alone to have more impact on the reader, and I am sure all readers appreciate the fact that you treat each comment as though it is the only one and deserves your full attention. You certainly have my respect.

DREAM ON (author) on January 21, 2019:

John Hansen There is no problem with your comments. It is the problem with the writer. I like to let a comment peck away at my brain. I try not to just put thanks for the comment. I feel people who went out of their way to read what I wrote deserve something special. My writing is naked and raw. I do it against HubPages tips and instructions on making better hubs. I want my words to stand alone. Out in the open. Bare and helpless. Almost looking for help. Begging to connect to the next writer. Am I right probably not. Do I get the feedback I had hoped not really? is there room for improvement? Always. I do know that I look forward to one comment. Are thirty comments more important than one comment? Definitely not. I think each comment deserves special attention. Like it is the only comment in the world. I don't know why I think like this? I thought I might change my thinking as time goes on. The more I write. This has been a problem with me. I want to touch the reader in a special way. So sometimes comments will sit for a couple of days before I respond. I want that moment when I sit down to write to flow magically like the story or poem that I wrote. Sometimes the feeling comes and sometimes it hides. I have to draw it out. Lure it out. Coax it out Drag it out. Then sometimes I finish the perfect comment and I hit the erase key and all is gone in a split second. I am going to post this comment before it goes poof, Thanks so much for sharing. Giving my writings life. Have a grand old day.

DREAM ON (author) on January 21, 2019:

Bill Holland When I write I see how one story can relate to many things that I do. I am not done writing and so I am not done with living. There are so many things we can concentrate our efforts on. Some good and some not so good. I could spend the same time I spend writing watching t.v. show after t.v.show. That would be a lot of fun. In the end wouldn't my time be better spent creating something I love more? A work of art from the heart. I keep on trying to find a happy mix. A little of both. Like drinking alcohol it can be fun but it can also take a turn for the worse real quick and sometimes there is no turning back. So I try to think long and hard before I make my next move. Many people say I think too much. I think they think too little. Who is right? I don't think there is a simple answer. Thank you so much for taking the time to read my writings. I hope I created some beautiful thoughts that we can all sink our teeth into like a nice pomegranate. Have one beautiful night.

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on January 21, 2019:

I did reply to this DreamOn but my comment hasn't showed up. That has happened a lot lately. Take care.

DREAM ON (author) on January 21, 2019:

Verlie Burroughs We had our first real snowstorm of winter. We were expected to get 10 to 15 inches. The snow turned to rain and we got about 8 inches. The temperature dropped to 2 degrees. It is cold and icy in many spots. You have to be careful driving. I went out to shovel. As I shoveled I seen all the lines I made in the snow. I went this way and that way. There are so many ways you can go about it. When you are done it is only for a while. Until more snow falls then your back at it again. I compared my snow shoveling to everything I do. I did a good job which worked out well just before the rain. Was it the best job I have ever done. It is hard to ever really know. Many people have snow blowers to make their job easier. There is something I like about shoveling being outside in the fresh air surrounded by nature. I shovel a little then take a rest. Continue on. Two hours later in the house, I go. I felt tired. It was a good tired. With a snowblower I could of been an hour earlier. Would I of had as much fun definitely not. Thank you so much for reading and sharing. I learned to think on my feet about the story I was going to write and got some good health benefits along the way.

Verlie Burroughs from Canada on January 20, 2019:

Reminds me of that old adage: "When the going gets tough, the tough get going". Wishing you all the best in the snow Dream On!

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on January 20, 2019:

Truth here, my friend! Never give up. As long as we are upright and breathing, we have options.

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on January 19, 2019:

Dream On, we all have varying skill level and may be good at one thing and not another. However, whatever we attempt we should just knuckle down and try our best. As long as we give it our all we can be proud of the effort. Good job.

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