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Shoveling = done

What ever happened to those little 3-4 inch snowfalls at the beginning of the season? The light, easy ones to waken the muscle memory and remind us how shoveling works?

Oh, that's right. We had one of those last weekend. Only I was in Portland, and when I arrived home a little past 1am last Tuesday, I just as easily drove over the snow on the un-plowed, concrete apron in front of the garage. There was little enough of it that I could hope for the self-shoveling effects of a thaw.

Whompf! A mere 11.5 inches later, and I am reminded all too well of what shoveling is all about. I moved here? By choice? Why, yes, I did. And so, I shovel. And shovel some more.

Mere shoveling won't help the gutter that I failed to have reattached to the house after noticing it was loose early this fall. The first big storm of the season tore it still further loose, adding a 90 degree twist which means I'll have to have it replaced rather than just reattached. My own damn fault, and all the more annoying for that. It doesn't seem like a good candidate for a winter repair, but leaving it dangling until spring isn't all that appealing, either. Arrgh.

So, yeah, color me grumpy.


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Dec. 10th, 2005 05:00 am (UTC)
A friend in the southernmost tier of Michigan reports it's 5 above; 20 inches have fallen so far in this infant season and none, of course, has melted.
Dec. 10th, 2005 05:18 am (UTC)
If you can get a steady temp just below freezing a gutter shop can come out and do the repair. I guess I'm assuming that it's aluminum you have. Or just take it down and wait till spring to replace.
Dec. 10th, 2005 03:57 pm (UTC)
Maybe you could get a flamethrower to clear the snow away? But I suppose that shoveling is Good For You.
Dec. 12th, 2005 04:56 pm (UTC)
Again I wish I were there to help. I could have helped with the gutter too. Shoveling is an aspect of snow that never appealed to me I'll admit, and the gutter is irritating. I hope winter is kinder to you from hereon out. I'm hoping you get regular thaws, of the kind that melts all the snow away quickly, not the kind that starts to melt the snow, and then it gets cold again and turns the snow to ice so that careless boneheads like me can slip on their arses (yes, I've done this a couple of times). Thinking of you sweet Geri.
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