Fresh snow

This morning we woke to 3-6″ of fresh snow and a bit still falling. Unfortunately for the kids, this meant getting out of the very nice and warm bed, bundling up–though it was only 30°–and heading out to shovel the driveway and sidewalk before DH arrived home from work. Once he pulls in, it is not possible to clear the area under his car. Neither kid wanted to leave their bed so out I went to get started. A lovely retired gentleman who lives down the street was finishing up clearing our short street with his snow plow on his ATV. You could tell he was enjoying himself because he was zipping around putting on the finishing touches. When he stopped at our driveway to clear the extra snow he had pushed out of the road, I went over to thank him for his help. He offered to clear the driveway, but I thanked him and let him know that I really needed the exercise–takes the place of a brisk walk today.

When I finished the section where DH parks, I went back inside and pried DS out of bed to help me with the rest. DD was sent off to take a “quick” shower so we could take ours when we were done. DS and I finished the sidewalk and driveway and then DS sprinkled ice melt all over to finish the job. Actually it was perfect weather for snow shoveling. There was no wind, the temperature was between 28-30°, and the snow was light and powdery. Here’s a picture or two after we were done:

The untouched front yard

The untouched front yard

Part of front walk, covered rose bushes, and part of driveway

Part of front walk, covered rose bushes, and part of driveway

Over the course of the day, more of the snow left on pavement melted as we briefly reached 43°! The snow on the grass and flowerbeds will take longer to melt because the ground is still very cold and frozen.

View from back window towards chicken coop

View from back window towards chicken coop

Tonight we are to get a mix of snow and rain–kids call it “snain”–and tomorrow night will supposedly be rain. Since the temperature is back down to 35°–which is still warmer than it has been–we’ll see what happens. Please stay warm and safe wherever you are!

 

 

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I wear multiple hats: wife of 25+ years, mother, chauffeur/riding companion to DD22 and DS17, daughter/daughter-in-law, crafter, home engineer and too many others to list.
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2 Responses to Fresh snow

  1. Barbara says:

    Snow shoveling was my job the first couple of years we were back in Maine. I am so relieved that our 15 year old now does it, unprompted. It’s not job I miss!

    • It was mine when our daughter was a baby, but now I gladly share the “joy” and exercise. It is nice that DS is taller than me and can lift more so he helps to make quick work of the job. Unprompted doesn’t always happen yet because he isn’t fond of getting out of that warm bed when it needs to be done. Once he gets going though, he does a great job and is fun to work with!

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