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26 February 2010 @ 11:51 pm
 
So. Much. Snow.


Our town got at least two and a half feet, very likely more. Add that to the several inches that fell earlier in the week and you end up with a whole lot of snow. There comes a point where there’s just nowhere else to put it. That is the point in which it would be thoroughly excellent to have a contract for someone to plow your driveway or, barring that, a working snow blower.

We have neither, and so it fell to us to move it all by hand, hefting shovelful after shovelful over the already absurdly tall snowbanks. There are several Suck Factors that may come into play, here:

1. If it’s windy, the snow blows back at you as you toss it upon the heap.

2. If the snowbanks are already rather high, your shovelfuls miss the mark and tumble back down to the pavement.

3. If the snow is of the packing variety, it sticks to your shovel despite the strength of your toss. This may happen in degrees varying from ‘slightly’ to ‘seriously? SERIOUSLY? for the love of all that’s good, just LET GO!”

All suck factors were at work today.

Mind, we started off at a disadvantage. A whole heaping lot of snow had fallen overnight. The paths that had been clear at day’s end were obliterated this morning by at least a foot of snow. The snow blower was still out of commission. My shoulder was cranky, and Don’s hip was downright cantankerous. There was nothing for it, though: we had to dig out. It took two stages and the better part of the day, but we are - at last - free of our snowy shackles. Of course, I don’t know if they’ve yet lifted the State of Emergency, but no worries... we’re not going anywhere until tomorrow morning. And by ‘we’ I mean ‘me,’ since I have to teach the 9:15. Don got his workout already, so he gets a pass.

If anyone wants to say a wee prayer for my wonky shoulder, though, I’d be much obliged.

And now, the obligatory Very Snowy Photos:

This had been shoveled when we went to bed last night.

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Note the lone bird that waits for me to slog through the snow to fill the feeders.

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Did I mention there was a lot of snow?

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Our supply of firewood may be dwindling, but what's left is out there... and the snow is hip deep. Good times.

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The snowblower. Just, y'know... hanging out and stuff.

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My back deck, clearly with a good foot more snow than last night:

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Ditto the back pathway. Again, Don is included for scale and adorableness.

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The snow-covered CARDIS. She looks like a beluga whale.

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Don't you think?

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Maybe it's just me.




p.s. I know I owe you lot my 'I'll respond with a reason I like you' comments. This weekend. Definitely. Probably. Mayhap. Soon, though.
 
 
 
awomanthatsblueawomanthatsblue on February 27th, 2010 04:56 am (UTC)
Now your house looks like my house. My sympathies.

This latest storm is particularly obnoxious because our previous ginormous covering of snow had just started to melt--the piles had gone from OMGHUGE to just HUGE--and now it's all come back again. :(

On the other hand, this means my snow-shoveling muscle definition will be around a little longer.
Bird on a Wing: Winter kept us warmcaragana_leaves on February 27th, 2010 05:46 am (UTC)
Wow. We hardly ever get deep, even snow like that. It's so windy in the winter that we get thin snow on the ground with MASSIVE drifts up against the buildings.

Those are gorgeous pics!
Amanada (rhymes with Canada): dorothy oh me oh mymandasarah on February 27th, 2010 06:04 am (UTC)
Those poor trees! They look so tired.
La Petite Souris Scientifiquemelebeth on February 27th, 2010 01:00 pm (UTC)
It really was weird snow. I do actually pay someone to plow my driveway (I'm lazy, and it's totally worth it for me not to have to do it myself) but although he plowed once overnight, the second time he came and only cleared half of the driveway so when I finally decided to escape my frozen powerless house I had to shovel the second foot that was still near the garage. I started out going "Oh, this is light fluffy snow, i could be so much worse" and then realized that half the time I was flinging it it WASN'T GOING ANYWHERE. Snow that defies the laws of physics is SO uncool.

(But the real advantage of going to mom's last night... I didn't miss the new episode of Caprica! Which I probably would have, because even with power I don't think I'm going to have TV for days. I'm not willing to get up on the roof and clear the snow off the satellite.)
harpiegirl4: happy Kayleeharpiegirl4 on February 27th, 2010 01:18 pm (UTC)
HAHA! That dolphin lookalike snowpile is hilarious!

Seriously. You clearly live in Narnia. Wow.
mistress_kathmistress_kath on February 28th, 2010 01:15 am (UTC)
Wasn't that fun? NOT! I did shovel Thursday, and I had front steps, a sidewalk, a path to the garage, and two tire tracks out to the road. Friday morning I had a solid 3 1/2 foot drift from the front of the car to the garage, and a solid 2 1/2 drift from the back of the car out to the street. And a sort of ski slope thing-y where my front steps used to be.

I was supposed to be at work at 10 Friday morning. At 7, the opening manager called to say that she wasn't, but the DM had instructed her to see if any of the other managers were willing to open. I don't believe she had any luck with that. :-)
Julietfair_juliet on March 1st, 2010 03:22 am (UTC)
we got slammed here I can't imagine what you guys got. I thought I had it bad having to dig my car out with my bare hands like a Badger.

Also, Hi Don!
Janet: let it gogoodnite_gracee on March 7th, 2010 04:11 pm (UTC)
I know where you are coming from! That last snow had me out there for 2.5 hours on Thursday and 4.5 hours on Friday - just me and my shovel. Sometimes the neighbors com by to help, but most of them were MIA or digging themselves out. Friday I did get one of the neighbors to plow the front sidewalk - I just couldn't face the drifts! He was amazed at how much I accomplished!

On the other hand, Aleve is my friend... lol.