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Thursday, January 14, 2010

A Few Words About Snow

There's a lot of it around here.   109.5 inches, to be exact.

Okay, so it's not all on the ground still, but that's how much we've received so far this winter.  According to this handy-dandy website, there are 25 inches still on the ground.

Our back deck currently serves as our personal snow measuring stick, since we can't exactly use it for barbecuing at the moment.  I took this picture on January 4 when the website said there were 27.5 inches on the ground, but it has gone down a bit since then.  The part there with considerably less snow is because of the roof overhang, but even that part had about 6 inches.  The rest of the deck has so much snow on it, Sophia would get lost were she to stand in it.

Measuring Stick


All of this snow does present a bit of an issue with removing it for things like, oh, driving.  The city has a seriously amazing snow removal system, since just plowing doesn't quite cut it.  I was at my friend's house the other day, and we watched through her kitchen window as a bulldozer, five dump trucks and a crazy huge machine called the SnoGo (basically a ginormous snowblower) removed all of the snow that had accumulated on the sides of the street because of the plows.  It was quite the process, let me tell you.

And yet, it doesn't matter how awesome the city snow removal system is, when you're stuck with 20 inches of snow on your very own driveway.  Let me remind you that I have a very small driveway.  It wouldn't seem that it would take so long to shovel.  Joel and I laughed in the faces of all the people who told us we would definitely be wanting a snow blower before long.  Whatever!  Our driveway is like ten feet long and seven feet wide--how hard can it be?

How about a good 45 minutes to an hour with each shoveling, and sometimes having to shovel twice a day.

Yeah.

Shoveling

(I took this picture on December 9.)

A snowblower would've been nice.

And then, on Christmas day, some members of our branch called and told us they had a snowblower for us as a gift.  It turns out that the branch president was getting a fancy new snowblower from Santa, and wanted to give us the old one.  It had some issues, so another member of the branch presidency and his son repaired it for us.  A few days after Christmas they brought it over and showed Joel how to use it and it only took about two minutes to do the entire driveway.

They also laughed and laughed at him for using a normal snow shovel instead of a Yooper Scooper.  They laughed even harder when they found out we had a Yooper Scooper but that Joel thought it was a "piece of crap" because he didn't actually know how to use it correctly.  For good measure, they taught him the best way to scoop snow (which is much different than shoveling it, don't you know?) and have not let him live it down on Sundays at church.

But it's okay, because now Joel has a snowblower.

The snowblower

32 comments :

  1. Oh my goodness! I would go crazy with that much snow... there's just a little dusting that's hanging around here, and it's making me crazy!

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  2. That is amazing, Lara! It is nice to hear of a community that helps each other out. Of course, it's probably a necessity up there!

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  3. Hence, a MUDROOM! Gotta be grateful for that, huh?

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  4. Wow!!! And to think here in AZ I get to wear T-shirts right now, and sometimes a light jacket. BIRRRR

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  5. I'm curious about this yooper scooper... pictures?

    And how cool that the branch wanted to give you that snowblower. Glad you have people looking out for you:)

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  6. I'm glad some one gave you a blower. I priced them this year after the insane (for New Mexico insane) ammount of snow that fell in Dec. The one you have picutred is about $1200. Ya, we just have to stick with the shovel. Thankfully though, our town has several SnoGo's and uses them!! :)

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  7. I miss seeing white. . . but definitely not the shoveling bit. . . or the driving in the ice and snow.

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  8. Oh, wow. I guess I really don't know bad winters...that's amazing.

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  9. Nice! I will say that's the nice thing about living in a condo. Snow removal. I especially love it when they come at 3 AM and wake me up.

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  10. A Yooper Scooper is just fun to say. I want one of those, though I hope we don't get much more snow here in DC. It got old REAL quick!

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  11. Oh my goodness. I do miss snow here in St.George, but I really don't envy you! :) I'm glad you guys got a snow-blower.

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  12. If you think that's bad, my first winter in Provo my neighbor laughed at me because I didn't know the proper way to build a snowman. I grew up in sunny Southern California. How was I supposed to know you roll the balls to make them bigger?

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  13. What a wonderful gift! I wish I had my snowblower instead of giving it back to my ex. He probably has only used it once where I could have used it many many times. Oh well! I guess you try to enjoy the snow as best you can. Stay warm and stay safe while out on the roads.

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  14. All I can say is I feel your pain.
    And we don't have a snowblower. I just leave the house as little as possible.
    :)

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  15. Holy cow, that is a LOT of snow. What a nice gift from the people in your Ward. Hopefully Spring will come sooner than later!

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  16. And that is one of the many reasons why Mark will never live in the snow again.
    It sure does look pretty though!

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  17. Wow! That is alot of snow!

    I wish it would snow here because one more day of this icky gross inversion and I'm officially depressed.

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  18. Wow! You guys get a lot more snow than we do. It's a good thing, too, since our driveway is like a million feet long.

    Great pictures, as always!

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  19. A Yooper Scooper? Interesting name. :)

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  20. What a SUPER NICE gift! Wow! You guys really are snowed in there. I'd never leave the house!

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  21. Unbelievable!! I don't know that I've EVER lived in a place with that much snow! I'm with LT; I would pretty much hibernate!!

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  22. Oh my goodness, that is intense! I am so glad you got a snowblower! I have to say, I would be with Stephanie and just never leave the house except when I absolutely had to. Wow!

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  23. When my family moved to North Dakota umpteen million years ago, we got the same snowblower advice, and also scoffed at it. How hard could it be to shovel a little snow??

    Uh, yeah. Well, the house my parents bought in Fargo a year later came with a snowblower thrown into the deal—and that thing was a total lifesaver. Except that I wasn't allowed to use it (Mom was afraid I'd lose limbs), so one day when Dad was stuck out of town, unable to fly back because of the 2 feet of snow that had fallen that morning, yours truly had to shovel the whole 60-foot driveway by hand. And since it was 15 below zero and windy, the snow had piled up like heavy concrete. It took hours.

    So I'm glad your smart friends and neighbors got you snowblowing the right path! One of the best inventions ever, in my humble opinion...

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  24. Yes, I'm with ya sister. SNOW SNOW AND MORE SNOW.

    LOVE the pictures. And it really is amazing how big machines just clean it right up. A person gets used to the process, but it wears on us, I'm sure.

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  25. Wow! I am glad you guys got the blower. You will so appreciate Spring when it comes around, huh?

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  26. TGFSB: Thank goodness for snow blowers!

    There's snow and there's **snow**. From the picts, it's clear you have the latter, accompanied by astericks, deep drifts and thankfully kind ward members who regifted a good piece of machinery.

    Snowcones, anyone?

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  27. We don't have quite that much snow, but we've got a killer driveway. We're gonna have to break down next year and get a snowblower. Or maybe we should just call our stake president...? :)

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  28. Wow! Glad snow here is purely aesthetic... You made a believer out of me for snow blowers!

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  29. Ho.Ly. Cow.

    That is craziness. I thought Idaho was bad. Apparently, I was wrong. . .

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