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.
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.
(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.