Friday, February 14, 2014
Yesterday, I phased my shoveling in small increments - no more than 30 minutes at a time. By yesterday afternoon, I had a path leading from my door to the driveway and enough space all the way around my car to get out of here in case of emergency. Then it snowed about two plus inches more last night - not fluffy snow, snow mixed with sleet that left a "nice" ice crust over all the snow in the back yard. That made for slow going when I trudged out to feed the birds and squirrels. This morning I fell on a slope. Fortunately, I had a soft landing pad: a foot of snow.
I just came in from what I hope was my last clean-up. The sun is out, and some of the hard-packed snow is melting. I'll be ready to go to my medical appointment this afternoon. Given the state of my back right now, I'm looking forward to that appointment.
I have been working from home in between shoveling. My days have been all action, no rest. Unfortunately, there is more snow in the forecast, starting tomorrow. I can think of many things that might have caused Mother Nature to punish us. I'm doing my best to help her creatures and convince her to stop with the white stuff.
Late in the afternoon, I learned that Mom's show plow guy was stuck - way off her driveway, and I had to find a substitute. Oh, sure. Fortunately, I remembered an independent jack-of-all trades who knew what her driveway looks like (hilly, with turns), and he and his crew are over there now shoveling it. Real manual labor! Thank God there are people in this world willing to do hard work at a moment's notice. A snow removal company - one out of the four I had called - just called to say they could go dig out my Mom, but the other guys were already out there. One out of four! I think I will hire the guy with the plows for the rest of this year - or more - longer if we can afford his "commercial-level" services.
I had hoped to write yesterday, but by day's end, I had no energy. I think I hit the bed at 7:30. Now, the sun is out, but I can't find my camera! It has been out of action for so many days, I don't know where I left it after charging it. I hope to find it with a concerted effort before lunch. I want to take swatch photos.
I'm off to look for my camera before the next meeting starts. I'm pleased to report that the sun is shining, melting snow and ice!
Photos courtesy of aol.com and crazy-frankenstein