Diary of a Snow Shoveler

December 9: We woke to a beautiful blanket of crystal white snow covering every inch of the landscape. What a fantastic sight! Can there be a more lovely place in the Whole World? Moving here was the best idea I've ever had. Shoveled for the first time in years and felt like a boy again. I did both our driveway and the sidewalks. This afternoon the snow plow came along and covered up the sidewalks and closed in the driveway, so I got to shovel again. What a perfect life.

December 12: The sun has melted all our lovely snow. Such a disappointment. My neighbor tells me not to worry, we'll definitely have a white Christmas. No snow on Christmas would be awful! Bob says we'll have so much snow by the end of winter, that I'll never want to see snow again. I don't think that's possible. Bob is such a nice man. I'm glad he's our neighbor.

December 14: Snow, lovely snow! 8" last night. The temperature dropped to -20. The cold makes everything sparkle so. The wind took my breath away, but I warmed up by shoveling the driveway and sidewalks. This is the life! The snowplow came back this afternoon and buried everything again. I didn't realize I would have to do quite this much shoveling, but I'll certainly get back in shape this way. I wish I wouldn't huff and puff so.

December 15: 20 inches forecast. Sold my van and bought a 4x4 Blazer. Bought snow tires for the wife's car and 2 extra shovels. Stocked the freezer. The wife wants a wood stove in case the electricity goes out. I think that's silly. We aren't in Alaska, after all.

December 16: Ice storm this morning. Fell on my a** on the ice in the driveway putting down salt. Hurt like hell. The wife laughed for an hour, which I think was very cruel.

December 17: Still way below freezing. Roads are too icy to go anywhere. Electricity was off for 5 hours. I had to pile the blankets on to stay warm. Nothing to do but stare at the wife and try not to irritate her. Guess I should've bought a wood stove, but won't admit it to her. God I hate it when she's right. I can't believe I'm freezing to death in my own living room.

Comments (7)

britishcolumbian
If your would like a bit more snow Jim we here got some exstra you can have wave wave wave
miclee
Everyone in Northern states should have a wood stove!
It only makes sense!
I once lost electricity when it was -20" blues
Loaded the wood burner with dry oak...
House was warmer(!) without the electricity very happy

I presume this diary will be continued thru snow season...
popcorn...drinking

cowboy
1to1to1
Hello GentleJim wave In my portion of Western Canada, where I live , we haven t had that much snow, the snowmobilers are hoping for more snow for their machines. The Christmas week and that of New years day we did have a week of extremes cold,doh Lots of extreme cold warnings,,doh The day before New years day it was Minus 37 low temp, with a minus 47 windchill. At least when its that cold, we don t get snow, Oh well, we ll be getting it ,sooner or later,doh You have a Good One Bud,cheers
Catfoot
Hi Jim,
I'm still giggling; don't know why because I don't know snow. Only seen it snowing very lightly three times in my life.

I'll never forget the first time. I was doing a course in Johannesburg and it was fairly warm that morning. I walked the two km (in short sleeves) to our lecture rooms and en route the snow started falling. It only lasted for about an hour but the thin layer of snow on the roads caused pandemonium with the traffic.It was too crazy watching cars sliding sideways to be stuck against the curb. We're not used to doh
cheers
scoobler
Yes but, snow is the only time that four inches can keep a woman in bed all day?!!

It could be worse, it could be sh~t!!! rolling on the floor laughing
miclee
Yes but...

'Helena got six inches last night.'

...a classic Murkun weather report blooper - from Helena, Montana.

cowboy
lindsyjones
Love the experience Jim.

So funny but true. wave

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