Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Ten Inches And Other Ramblings
We got some real snow overnight.
Last year it was snowing every few days and I got regular exercise just clearing the driveway. It was a great training program as the pile of snow I had to throw the snow on got higher and higher.
This year we've only had a few snowfalls that barely covered the ground. I was getting worried when the temperatures got down to zero and we had almost no snow cover to protect the plants underground.
In fact we had about three weeks of nothing but sunny days.
But that's ended for now.
Here's the tape measure in the middle of the driveway.
Shoveling snow is one of those times during the winter that you get to see your neighbors outside and chat about things. We noted how the snow plow folks last year were moving the snow onto the sidewalks and into piles that blocked parking spaces. And how we have replacement mail carrier who is regularly not delivering mail, writing messages on envelopes that the mailbox was blocked. I've already called the post office about this. We haven't changed anything in 35 years. There was one brief period when they told us to move cars. But we found out they were not allowed to drive over the sidewalks to deliver mail (which they do if there is space) and they stopped complaining. In the neighborhoods nearby, people have mailboxes on their doorsteps. And it's not like we don't want to cooperate, but there really isn't any place to park. We have some duplexes on the street with driveway leaving almost no parking spaces - and they have lots and lots of cars and trucks they park on the street. Even if I were to put my car in the driveway (blocking my wife's way in and out of the garage) someone else would park in my space anyway.
So the snow is good. It gives us time to compare notes on what's happening.
This cleared space is the width of the shovel. I tried saying 'hi' to you all in the snow, but it didn't quite work out.