Without another word, he began shoveling dirt around the outside base of the fire pit.
Shoveling snow is a very strenuous winter activity.
There's more to life than shoveling shit!
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.
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.