Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Shoveling tip for Snownami 2010

This snow is impressive.  Three feet over the weekend.  And then.....let's just add another foot today for good measure.  Seriously!  I'm not complaining.  Really, I'm not.  I've had my husband home all week, and we've tackled some projects that have been on my list for MONTHS!  

 The snowman in the previous post was done about a month ago.  This slightly less impressive one was done by Adeline and me last Wednesday when we had a perfect few inches that was slowly melting in the 40 degree weather...making it perfect snowman snow.  Note that I had a screaming 9 month old bundled up in her stroller that was none too happy about being outside.  Is Adeline out enjoying the snow now?  no.  A girl who is 3 1/2 feet tall does not enjoy playing in three feet of snow.  Breathing is ya know, important.  We did attempt sledding with our alwaysupforanadventure friends, the Saladas.  Patrick prepped the sledding hill.  Adeline went down once (after daddy carried her from the door to the top of the hill).  She smiled the whole time.  The next time down, she got snow in her face and she was "all done snow."





I know, Patrick looks impressive with this "man tool" to clear the snow, but bless his heart, he did most of it the old fashioned way.  This snow blower is our neighbors, and the tire was flat (a problem before we borrowed it) after a few laps.  Honey, you rock!

Anyway, on to the tip...
My father (who has logged many hours plowing this marvel of global warming) called with this tip.  Don't shovel the end of your driveway until you absolutely have to.  When the plows come along, if you've created an opening, all the snow they're pushing from the street will pile into your cleared driveway.  If you leave a ridge, most of the snow will continue past.  Brilliant.  Happy shoveling!

10 comments:

Mari said...

I can't believe the snow you've gotten this year. I love that picture of Adeline and the snowman!

Momma Roar said...

Lots of snow!!!! I'm not complaining either, but can it be in the 60s next week? ;)

Here's my shoveling tip: Offer a caffeinated beverage and/or cookies to snowplow driver and they'll be very kind. Or, have a hubby that serves as township supervisor as well as helping plow during snowstorms and they'll push your end of the driveway Wide Open!! heehee

Enjoy that snow!!! Don't get lost! ;)

Jen said...

How nice to have your hubby home all week! John's been home today and is home again tomorrow, so we've been getting things done, too - what a good feeling to accomplish some much-needed tasks.

Boo to the snow for making you miss Super Bowl, though - we missed you guys!

Mrs. Fix said...

Great pictures -- isn't this snow crazy?! Good tip about the snow plows - we wouldn't know as they haven't really ventured down our street much!

keenbliss said...

I also learned from my shoveling time in AK that once the plows do come by, get out there and shovel the end of your drive quickly because the stuff they leave gets rock solid very quickly. If you get to it before it sits and hardens it's much easier to shovel. Happy shoveling!

Anonymous said...

Momma Roar------ That is hysterical. You think a cookie will do it. I think having a hubby that serves as township supervisor has ALOT more clout. You are too cute. Lynns mother

Anonymous said...

Momma Roar: Checked with hubby. He is plowing for at least 32 hours, and will continue all day until evening, and a cookie and drink will not do it. He thought your comment was cute also. Lynns mother

Eric said...

Oh yes...it is a lot of snow!

I am impressed you have tackled projects. I have been so unmotivated :) Last night I suggested tackling some painting stuff, and Eric just laughed at me.

Oh well...he wanted to know who was going to be outside with the kids and who would be in with Daniel...leaving WHO to paint?

Our kids logged 15 hours of sledding in 3 days...I guess THAT is the project we got done...sigh.

My doors will have to wait.

Growin' with it! said...

that is so funny and cute how the snowman is as tall as adeline!

looks like you are making snowmen out of snow...hahah lemonade outta lemons...yeah, a little dry humor to make you smile today!!

Kristen said...

oh my goodness... that is a ton of snow. i am still jealous of your snow. it is so much prettier than my brown grass.