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Not Logical

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For all the changes we have put in place since moving to this property in the fall of 2012, there are still plenty of things that we have left the same. One of them is totally illogical if you know anything about my penchant for clearing snow with almost neurotic precision.

The sidewalks from the driveway to the front and back doors of the house have a layer of river rock and stone slabs on top of the original smooth cement, providing an attractive rustic appearance.

We love how they look, but I gotta tell ya, they are the absolute worst when it comes to shoveling snow. It is illogical that I have kept them through the years, don’t you think? But here’s the thing: earlier in my life I would not have tolerated the difficulty of sliding the shovel to clear snow, yet in our time here, I have overcome that need for perfection.

It is unquestionably a hassle to shovel, but I have devised a technique that works well enough to get the job done. Basically, I turn our shovel over and sweep the snow out into a pile I can toss away.

The most significant thing about this really is that I have decided to accept it as not being a problem. It’s not logical.

That’s something of a milestone for me.



Written by johnwhays

February 14, 2018 at 7:00 am

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  1. Ha, ha : it is no wonder we call that style crazy paving – that said, maybe some sort of overhang so that the snow doesn’t pitch there??? Otherwise, here we see this type of paving paved smoothly – the Portuguese are masters at working with stone. That said, I think a lot of the skill was learned from contact with arab people/invaders:-)

    Ian Rowcliffe

    February 14, 2018 at 8:28 am

    • Crazy paving, indeed. I was mesmerized by the Portuguese mastery with stone. Wind-blown snow would make a mockery of any extended overhang. I am framing the complications of shoveling as a good thing. It is expanding my perspective and softening my formerly rigid views about what is logical or not.


      February 14, 2018 at 8:46 am

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