Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Tuesday's Tale

I woke up at 7:00 a.m. on Tuesday. The snow had stopped sometime in the night. According to the news, we got four inches of snow total from this Alberta clipper. But, I doubt I have three inches of snow out there (but, I'm not gonna check, LOL!) It was wicked cold and windy, too.

Health update: I still felt lousy, but my throat didn't hurt as bad. Baby steps, baby steps...

I had thawed out half of a small ham steak last night (getting a bit tired of chicken noodle soup) so I fried that up, along with two eggs over-easy, for breakfast.

I was feeling good enough that I finally shaved, showered and changed my shorts and t-shirt. It was probably all in my mind, but I felt much better afterwards.

About 11:30 a.m., the door bell rang. WTF? It was a guy from DTE (I made him show me his badge). He said he was here to swap out something on the meter. I seem to remember a letter a month or so back regarding this. He said I wouldn't lose power, he didn't have to come in the house and it would take him five minutes. I told him, "Go for it!"

I ate more chicken noodle soup for lunch. The noodles were already getting a bit mushy.

Background information: You might or might not remember this (it's been a while), but back when I still had the Volvo, my neighbor used to plow my driveway. He has an ATV with a snow plow on it and, after he did his driveway, he'd do mine. But, after I bought the four wheel drive truck and he watched me walk it out of the drive in eight inches of heavy, wet snow, he stopped.

That was okay, I didn't need it. I'd just shovel in front of the mailbox so the postman could bring the mail.

But, that recently all changed. Mi querido amigo, Vicky, had to turn in her beloved, but leased, Chevy truck  and is now trying to adjust to driving an Equinox (she hates it, compared to the 4x4 Silverado). And Amanda drives a Saturn Aura. So, I figured I would need to do something this winter to allow them access to the house. But shoveling the driveway by hand was out of the question. So was paying for a service to plow it, due to financial concerns.

So, a couple of months ago (when they were on sale), I bought an inexpensive electric snow blower. The box has been sitting in the garage all this time as I figured I wouldn't need it until January. But yesterday's 3-4 inches of snow and the predicted 5-7 inches that supposed to fall on Wednesday altered my timeline.

So, I managed to drag the box into the living room (the garage was too cold, trust me). I spent the afternoon drinking coffee and putting it together,

It's a greenworks corded electric snow thrower (I have plenty of 100 foot extension cords). I would have preferred the battery operated one, but couldn't afford it. Once I put it together, it looked like this.

It's not self-propelled (you have to push it) but it's light weight and I think it will do the job.

When I was done, I pushed it out the front door and put it in the garage. I put the box out to the road next to the recyclable bin. Then I went in and took a nap.

Sidebar: You may be wondering why I didn't do the driveway. It's because the last snow was the light, powdery stuff. I probably could have used the leaf blower to clear it off. Nobody will get stuck in this shit.

I ate the last two pieces of lasagna for dinner.

It was dark by the time both the recyclable bin and trash bin were emptied. So, I put on some pants and dragged them to the back. I also brought in the mail, but there was nothing there but sale papers (not worth the trip).

I watched my Tuesday shows and then the late night news to see if the forecast had changed (it didn't). Then I went to bed.


  1. Snowblower looking good....hope it works well. What brand is it? Continue to get well

  2. Thanks. The name brand is greenworks, sold at Lowe's. I'll let you know how it works after tonight's blizzard.