Without another word, he began shoveling dirt around the outside base of the fire pit.
There was a lingering smell of wood smoke in the night air and all earlier efforts at shoveling the walkway and stairs were lost in the smooth swirls of new fallen whiteness.
Instead of everyone running around, slipping and sliding, shoveling slushy muck and shivering, here people just shift into a lower gear, listen to the quiet and enjoy the temporary peace.
They too were not pleased and, to Dean's chagrin, tracked the front hall with the remnants of the piss-poor shoveling job on the front walk.
"They pay more than shoveling shit," she said.
His gloves, adequate for snow shoveling, were poor equipment to safely grasp a rope that supported his full weight.