We had our first snowstorm of the season this past Saturday. During the night, after about five inches (12.7cm) of light puffy snow fell, the storm changed to freezing rain. The result was a compressed pile of heavy wet snow with a nice crunchy top.
Since we had to leave the house at 8:00am on Sunday, I started snow blowing a few minutes before 6:00 am. Fortunately, my snow blower has a headlight and a cup holder. By ten of eight, the job was done, and the editor released the hound. A few minutes’ worth of play and we were back inside. My wife asked how my back was (it had been bothering me earlier in the week). I said it was fine:
“I let the machine do the work.”
“How unlike you”
She was joking but the statement is true enough, I can still hear my father giving me that advice every time I used a hand or power tool. I’ve passed that advice onto our daughter, but I still have to repeat it silently to myself. The snow blower will chew through just about anything Mother Nature lays down, but it’s hard to simply walk behind the machine without pushing or otherwise trying to help.
This post is part of Linda G. Hill’s fun weekly series One-Liner Wednesday. If you have a one-liner, I’d encourage you to join in on the fun. You can follow this link participate and to see the one-liners from the other participants.
The gallery includes pictures during the storm and during / after the clean-up. Click on any image to start a slide show. And, there’s a little Maddie video at the bottom.