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The joys of shoveling & my plan to get out of my driveway!

Sunday, February 05, 2012


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!
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  • JESSIKA_56
    I do NOT envy you! As a kid, I liked snow. But as an adult, I hate driving in it, especially the ice... but at least it's given you quite a few workouts!
    2176 days ago
  • TREESA57
    I am blessed to have a long driveway and a plow on my hubbies truck. However Michigan has been pelted with freezing rain more than the snow you are receiving. My deive is a hill down into the house and garage area. When it is icy you pray you can slide past the house and into the area behind it I call the landing area. One year I missed the landing area and took out the gas grill. So my point is, maybe you are lucky to be stuck in the driveway safe and sound. Enjoy the snow and take it easy on the shoveling.
    2177 days ago
    It must have worked! So glad that you were able to get out today...nothing like being housebound :(
    2177 days ago
    Good plan..hope you are out by now...what a workout!!

    2178 days ago
    Love your snow removal plan! I too shoveled in waves and now I hear snow tomorrow night into Tuesday, just not as bad though. I saw the snow plows twice on out street, which was good because there was a lot of snow to get rid of. I hope you're all out and ready for tomorrow.
    2178 days ago
    Hope you made it safely to church and back again.
    2178 days ago
    Wow! You have a plan to end all plans! I love the way your mind works, but when you are housebound, you have to do something!! Praying that you staystrong physically through it all and that you get out tomorrow. In the meantime, rest in the Lord!

    Julia : )
    2178 days ago
    The joys of shoveling snow!
    2178 days ago
    Oh my ... Fun, fun, fun! I can't shovel with my sore arm, so hubby has had to do it all. Took DS 30+ min to get my car out of his garage & alley yesterday. Making my way on foot over to get the mail is quite treacherous. Someone had shoveled the sidewalk near the mailboxes, bit snow plow has filled them 12+" deep again. More ice than snow now ... Ugh! Be careful with your back & knee! And enjoy the forced days off work/school if need be.
    2179 days ago
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