We have a lot of snow coming down right now. We’re going to be stuck in the house for a couple days or maybe more. We have plenty of milk and eggs.

That never happens.

It’s almost always the case that these things strike when there is weak stock. And in both cases, there almost was. I was at the market and couldn’t remember the milk situation and wasn’t sure if I really needed to get more eggs or whether it could wait until the next trip to the market. In both cases I decided to get it anyway. Thank goodness. We may run out of half-and-half, though.

Money is somewhat tight right now, so we’re likely going to have to shovel our own substantial driveway (did I mention that it’s at an incline?). I might actually go there today and make an effort of out it, to cut down on the height tomorrow. When we had the 36″ a couple years back, we realized it would have been helpful not to entirely wait for it to pass. It’s just psychologically difficult clearing a driveway as the weather continues to un-clear it.

Otherwise, we’re just riding it out.

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Will Truman (trumwill) is a southern transplant in the mountain east with an IT background who bides his time taking care of their daughter while his wife brings home the bacon. You will probably be relieved to know that he does not generally refer to himself in the third-person except when he's writing short bios on his web page.

4 Responses to Snow Days

  1. Michael Cain says:

    Living in a place where it can snow any time from September to May (and has snowed least once in June), the advice given by all of the different types of docs is “Shovel early, shovel often.” Avoid all of the problems from sprains to heart attacks. The local radio DJs of all flavors all repeat that advice often when it’s snowing here.

    Speaking as someone with >50 years of snow shoveling experience, I offer the following “insights”. Shoveling three times as snow accumulates won’t take that much more total time than shoveling all of it once. Shoveling three times also means you’ll be able to spend more energy moving snow horizontally rather than vertically. The move where you have to lift the snow really high before you can throw it is the move that will do in your back. The first pass, remember to throw the snow far enough that there’s room for the second and third passes. “Grippy” soles are helpful; cheap pull-on rubber overshoes work surprisingly well.

  2. Joe Sal says:

    You my friends may shovel snow, I’m going to Texas. (where it’s 86F today)

  3. kirk says:

    Down here, spring training is in swing. (pun intended) I’ve been to enough Pirates games down here that I find it weird when they play in Pittsburg.

  4. Peter says:

    One week ago there was quite the shoveling dilemma. Around six inches had been forecast, and by around 8pm maybe half that amount had fallen and many people were shoveling. All of a sudden the snow began coming down at a rate of three to four inches per hour, and by the time it all ended in the predawn hours there were almost 18 inches. Those people who had shoveled in the early evening had to do just about all of it over again.

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