On a Snowy Day


The snow is falling here in Warsaw, Indiana. It is so pretty to watch and even prettier because I had made the decision to get what I needed before the snow started. Staying inside is a joy when you choose to go that route.

Kids are out of school today because of the weather, and I have been watching a dad with his kids sledding. I never liked sledding. In fact, i never enjoyed anything outdoors in the winter, except that one special year.

i doubt if anyone from the Warsaw area would remember my granddaddy, unless you are up in age years.His name was Loften Johnson. He was the best of all grandpa’s. It was even better because he wasn’t my true, blood grandfather, but he sure never let on.

I have mentioned it in posts before, but the memory is so wonderful and always causes me to smile when I think about it, so one more post of it can’t hurt.

He had an old, I believe, Ford hood off a truck. This particular winter life was good and he had nothing special on his mind but spending time with us grandkids.

My brother, Alvin Miller, and two of my cousins, Dan Yoder and Rod Yoder, were along for this ride. Sorry, if there were more, I plain just forget. Granddad would get his gray tractor and with a chain, hook up some way the hood to the tractor.

Us kids in all our winter gear would hop on and on the lonely, country roads, granddad would pull us down the snowy roads. I remember laughing so much, not a care in the world, and never wanting this fun to stop.

Granddad used to make house calls here in Warsaw. He would work on your furnace or install furnaces. After he retired from that he began a new job with the State Highway. He drove one of their trucks.

One day while driving, the good Lord wanted him worse than we did. He had a heart attack and died instantly. He has been gone from this earth many years but remains still very close in my heart, especially when I look out my window and watch the snow falling and the little ones smiling as they make memories with their parents sledding.

Written by,
Terry Shepherd

9 thoughts on “On a Snowy Day

  1. What a beautiful memory Terry. Like you, I never liked doing anything outdoors in winter. I went down a not-so-steep hill on a toboggan once and said, “Never again!: It’s snowing here, but not a lot is accumulating. We have not had a great deal of snow this winter and I am so glad of that. I was able to stay indoors today. And our established groundhog for this area, Wiarton Willie, didn’t see his shadow, so that is supposed to mean an early spring. That won’t hurt my feelings one little bit! 🙂 By the way, Wiarton Willie is a white groundhog. Very unusual. I have seen him and have photos of him from a couple of years ago when i was in Wiarton. Hope you’re keeping snug and warm. I hope the snow stops overnight here because I have to go out to the church for Bible study tomorrow morning then will stay to do some computer work that I have taken on for the church.

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  2. Hi Diane. I did stay inside and will probably today also. Getting older means getting colder easier. We have had your winter. Not much freezing temperatures and very little snow. Our groundhog didn’t see his shadow so also a prediction of early snow. I’m keeping my fingers crossed and am anxious to hear the birds sing

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    • That would be nice to hear the birds sing. It was snowing hard when I left for Bible study this morning, but by the time I left at 3:00 after finishing the computer work it had stopped and there wasn’t even any on my car. I was happy about that as it bothers my shoulders and neck cleaning the car off. I had one errand to do after and I got home in time to get the last underneath parking spot other than handicap spots which I can’t use without a card. Hopefully we won’t get any more snow over the weekend.

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      • It snowed here overnight. The only thing that brought me joy out of this was it was brighter in the morning. The first thing I have to do each morning, if I want peace, is open the curtains so Riley, my cat can look out the window. He loves watching the birds. So do I and i love listening to them. If only it could be a daily thing. Glad you are safely home, out of the snow and cold

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      • It was funny last night as I was typing my last comment it was actually snowing hard here and i wasn’t even aware of it until a little later. But by this morning it had stopped though I didn’t have to go out. Hopefully it will be clear to get to church tomorrow.

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