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Frustrating Amount

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If a little is good, more must be better, right? Certainly not. Not lately, anyway. I could sure use a break from plowing and shoveling.

Of course, getting the ATV stuck at the end of the driveway didn’t do much for my cheerful outlook. When I came over the hill to see the state of things at the end of the driveway, I wasn’t surprised that our trash and recycle bins were knocked over by the snowy blast off the blade of the township snowplow.

The surprise was that our mailbox was still securely attached to its post. I think it was saved by the trash bin.

I plowed just enough of the snow at the end of the driveway to restore order with the bins but I got carried away thinking I could push the massive amount of snow well off the driveway. Suddenly I couldn’t back up. The front wheels had gotten beyond the pavement and the blade was stuck in the accumulated pile of new and old snow.

A long walk back to the barn for shovels was required. As long as I had the shovels, I decided to work by hand to clean up the area around the mailbox and the heavy wash of snow that came off the big snowplow. It’s easier to find the edge of the pavement using shovels.

After digging out the snow beneath the ATV and around the plow blade, it backed right out of the predicament with ease. On my way back up the driveway (after two successful passes plowing) I ventured too far to the right and dropped two wheels over the steep bank. You know, the banks where I wanted to add enough fill to create a more functional shoulder beyond the pavement.

Yeah, we didn’t get that fill added to the lower half of the driveway before serious amounts of snow arrived. I’m now dealing with the very scenario I dreaded. I can’t plow wide enough to protect the driveway from getting narrower and narrower with each successive snowstorm.

That interesting-looking snow sculpture above is actually a spruce tree. Of all the years to start off the snow season with epic accumulations.

What could be a fun feature of winter is mostly a frustration for me this year. It’s not being made any easier by Cyndie’s inability to walk and help out with horse care and snow clearing. It’s a one-man operation this year.

Yesterday, I made it halfway around the house pulling snow off the roof eaves with our Avalanche roof rake. Still to go, the other side of the house, and then I need to shovel off the deck and plow around the barn and hay shed.

If it is still snowing, I then need to start the whole cycle all over again. Rinse and repeat.

I miss having time to read the daily newspaper in the morning before starting my day.



Written by johnwhays

December 17, 2022 at 8:53 am

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  1. It’s ‘snow’ joke, right? What a punny thing to say when you are in the thick of it! I can’t say I envy you. All I have to deal with here has been heavy rain and mud. How you make me see have easy I have it! Take care my amazing friend and at least know that you are free from wasting your time reading the newspaper.

    Ian Rowcliffe

    December 17, 2022 at 6:32 pm

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