“A snowdrift is a beautiful thing – if it doesn’t lie across the path you have to shovel or block the road that leads to your destination.” — Hal Borland
There comes a time in everyone’s life when you have to face the fact that some season’s want to stick around as long as possible. This year it’s a lonesome winter that is digging its heels in for the supposed long haul.
This last batch of snow fell hard and heavy in the area. But this is a late winter / early spring type of snow which means it is mushy, wet and difficult to remove if you are not in shape to do so.
I have discovered that there are some tricks and tips you can use to spare your back and energy when handling those types of snowfall:
(1) Dress warm and wear boots. You’ll be walking in water for the long haul.
(2) Realize that this kind of snow is not only great for making snowballs but also tends to bunch up into huge balls of stubborn mush.
(3) Evaluate the work area. The snow is easier to remove if no one has driven on it or walked on it overnight. This type of removal approach involves breaking the work area into planned and definite mini chunks and working as quickly as possible.
(4) If possible try not to over strain yourself and take a few well deserved rest breaks.
(5) Pray for warmer weather with each shovelful of snow you remove.
(6) If possible hire a couple of neighborhood kids to d the work for you.
(7) Pray for spring in earnest. — gc