It's about snow . . . and then it's about the VA medical system.

Isn’t that snow pretty? Still white and sparkly after a few days. If I was still a kid I would be so happy to go out and play in the snow.

I’m not really tired of winter yet. I think I can handle another month or so. I could handle another dump of snow. Easy for me to say—there’s a good reason the snow doesn’t bother me. I don’t have to deal with it.

It’s true. My shoveling time this winter wouldn’t add up to an hour. (I probably should have said half hour.) I live in that blissful space where someone else removes the snow.

City streets are clean, our driveway is clean, the sidewalk in front of our office is clean. And I didn’t do any of it. I truly appreciate those who move snow. The city does an awesome job, our neighbor down the hall at the office does an awesome job, and my husband does an awesome job.

In fact, Sunday afternoon Tom took his scoop shovel across the street and dug the neighborhood fire hydrant out of the snow piled up around it after many passes by those awesome city plows. Did you know you can do that? If the fire hydrant in your neighborhood is getting hard to find, grab a shovel and dig away.

New topic. I had a very interesting interview with Gary Kuebler on Tuesday. You can read about his need for a kidney on the front page of this week's paper. One of the things we talked about at length, were various issues he’s had in dealing with the VA medical system. In particular, difficulty in getting them to cover his bills at non-VA medical facilities. This shouldn’t be a problem. Our veterans should have a VA “insurance” card—similar to a Medicare card—that would be accepted by all doctors and medical facilities. They don’t deserve a struggle with medical bills.