After several days and many rounds of shoveling, I am still not able to get my car out of my driveway, with hopes of then getting it back in!
The pic above was just after round 1, when we had about 12-14 inches; there were about 8 more coming our way at this time!
So, I thought if I got ahead of it and shoveled in waves as the snow fell that it would be easy to get out when it was all over. What I forgot about was how much my poor little car does not like slippery slopes...and I live on a steep hill, and my driveway is another steep hill in its own right.
Without a good plan in place, I have continued to shovel in rounds, hoping to get out in time to make it to church this morning. BUT - a huge ice-dam formed at the bottom of my driveway overnight, with more frozen chunks between that and the road, which was almost impossible to chip away this morning.
My piles of snow at the end of the driveway grew as I chipped slowly away at it. My shoulders ached as I pitched the snow above shoulder height, with no end in sight.
Uggh! I had to have a better way, and had plenty of time to think as I shoveled and chopped. Our pastor often reminds us that nothing is wasted in God's economy, and I happily found myself in the midst of an example of this in action, as my years in the construction and engineering field suddenly became useful to me!
So here's my plan:
Harness passive solar energy to melt some of the snow and ice by selectively moving that snow and ice into the path of the sun, in thin enough layers so as not to refreeze before it evaporates away.
Chop and spread the remaining snow/ice to facilitate melting and future removal.
Push some of the snow to the curb across the street, where no one lives or parks.
Leave a little behind in the street for the sun to melt.
So far so good - this will continue to bring me closer to getting out, but will NOT prevent a huge ice dam from pooling and freezing at the foot of my driveway. When this happens, I may get out, but I will never get back IN!
My final strategy is to create a pool for the melting snow to gather in that is DOWNSTREAM from my driveway, yet UPSTREAM from my neighbors. This will be a nice resting place for that melting snow and prevent the pool from forming in the void at the bottom of my driveway. I will be left with a small stream of frozen ice, that I hope my little car will go back and forth over without a problem!
I know, I've already spent too much time on the business end of a shovel! HaHa!
I'm feeling it in muscles I forgot I had, so I realize I also need to incorporate more cross training into my regular plan! As far as the cardio goes, I think I could shovel all day...but when my bad knee and back say stop - I have to listen!
Hopefully my new snow removal strategy will work and I will be back on the road tomorrow morning!