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The Snow Rake


Monday, January 06, 2014

The more I stay in our house, the more I discover things that need to be done, that can be done, and that there's an easier way to do it than My Guy used to do.

Enter The Snow Rake.

Last week, I bought a snow rake. I knew it wouldn't reach the very top of the house, but at least it would help. Yesterday, the raking started.

The roof isn't very slanted, and there was so much snow on the roof that My Gal & I had to team up to get just the house done. She climbed up on the roof with a push shovel, while I was down below with the rake. She pushed snow to where my rake would reach, and that was with me standing on the snow banks in my new snowshoes, making me 4' taller. We spent 4 hrs just doing that one roof, but it was also our first time doing it.

My Guy used to spend a whole weekend doing what we managed to do in an afternoon, so I figure that's an improvement. Now that we know how this thing works, and that the roof will hold both of us up there, even with snow, the next time will be considerably easier. We still have the Lean-To and the Garage & the little Lean-To to finish up, but with warm temps & rain today, then back to freezing tomorrow, I'm not sure how soon we'll get back up there.

Thinking back to how My Guy did it, I remember asking him repeatedly about a snow rake. He would shrug it off, saying it was a tool we didn't need.

What I discovered yesterday is that if I had insisted much earlier to get one, and to get at least one pair of snowshoes, I could have been helping him all along to get the rooves cleared off.

There aren't many regrets I have after My Guy passed away, but this is one of them. It's not a big regret, but it is one that I wish I had known about before last weekend.

Next major purchase for the yard: wood splitter and a more powerful chainsaw.

I miss you, SweetHeart.
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Member Comments About This Blog Post:
INSH8P 2/2/2014 9:39AM

    Your blog fills me up with the love of knowing that you are in love. Thanks Jo, for this.
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KIYOSHI04 1/7/2014 8:26AM

    awwwwww!
this made me so ....sad that this is a regret.
and made me smile that you and she got it done in an afternoon.




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HOLDINGMYOWN 1/6/2014 9:49PM

    Hubby and I did our back roof yesterday....
We bought two roof rakes....half way up the roof we can reach with the handles that come with it....so we do the bottom first....and get it all cleared off the patio deck. Then hubby adds about two more handles to one rake making it really long ( and wobbly to raise to the roof ) but once it is up there it works well and reaches right to the crest of the roof.

I feel bad you did not get to *share* this FUN with your guy....hubby & I had loads of laughs and get lots of exercise in the process~~

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DOVESEYES 1/6/2014 8:34PM

    I'd love to see the tracker with all that work :)

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LEORAJO 1/6/2014 12:18PM

    Wow...that sounds like an activity that burns some calories. I live in northwest Iowa and we haven't had a lot of snow but it is and has been brutally cold. I love the idea of women being independent and confident. Taking care of things yourself. Good for you. emoticon

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