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Survived the Blizzard Named Nemo, but Not the Shoveling

Saturday, February 09, 2013


I'll admit it. It's been about two years since I shoveled 2+ ft of snow. What was the final total ? As of this morning at 7am, we had 22 inches on the ground and it was still snowing. The news said the town over from me got 28 inches. That seems close to me. Shoot, there was a snow drift the size of Montana in my driveway !! It was at least five ft. My brother and I shoveled for 6.5 HOURS. we still aren't done. We left the end of the driveway snowed in because the plows will be widening the streets during the evening.

Basically, Murphy's Law on Shoveling says,"The minute you finish clearing the end of the drive way, a plow will come by and fill it back in". That's been happening all day.

It's funny, the news says people should wait til Sunday to start shoveling when the weather is better. NO WAY. It's one thing a good New England knows and that is you have to move the snow fast or it turns into cement. So, yes, I was out shoveling in 18 degree weather and 35 mph winds this morning. I was properly layered up. I'm fine, but... Needless to say, I'm beat. I'm already starting to seize up. My hands hurt more than my shoulders or back.

Here are some "progress" snow photos. ;) Plenty of exercise today and a bit more tomorrow to finish things up.

Snow drift the size of South Dakota. The drift the size of Montana was on the other side of the car.

Front Yard

We found the car !! LOL !!!

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    You make South Dakota look like we got just a dusting of snow in comparison. I cannot imagine not using a snowblower anymore. That is some serious shoveling you accomplished.
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  • MARTY728
    Glad you are safe! emoticon
    2198 days ago
    Sending you some virtual Fl. sunshine and warmth!!

    Remember those days, glad I don't have to do it anymore!!

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  • BEWELL48
    Can't quite tell how much we got because of the snow drifts but I am guessing about 32 inches! We are finally able to get the cars out. Fortunately we have a garage so no need to "save" spaces on the street.
    My girlfriend at the cape just posted on FB that her next door neighbor was out clearing snow, had a heart attack right before there eyes and with all their efforts he did not survive! So tragic! To all those sitting in warmer climates....enjoy!
    2198 days ago
    Oh my goodness, that's just amazing! 6.5 hours of shovelling, I am not surprised you are exhausted!
    2199 days ago
    The best you can do it treat yourself with hot drinks, soups and oranges. They will protect you from getting sick!
    2199 days ago
    That's amazing! Thanks for sharing the pictures, I showed them to my husband to make him feel better about shoveling the snow around our house - it has been snowing on and off in the past 24 hours but it is less than 2 inches...

    Take good care of yourself, 6.5 hours of snow shoveling is a very hard workout, even for a fit person like you.
    2199 days ago
    Wow! Terrific pictures but boy do I feel for you! I know I said this before but now that I see the pictures I know it is true...I have not seen snow like that since we lived in the Arctic! You were right to shovel yesterday...I hope today is not so bad and you get some rest! Take care!
    2199 days ago
    Oh my!!! I would be so overwhelmed! Good for you...that is some calorie burning exercise! Hope you drop a pound or two for all your hard work!
    Stay warm! Hugs!
    2199 days ago
    sorry you got so much of the white stuff that's awful hope it stops soon glad you have some one to help you dig out be careful and stay warm emoticon emoticon for you and your brother emoticon emoticon these are O Kay with all the snow removal you are doing
    sending you some of this to help melt the snow emoticon emoticon emoticon
    thank you for sharing the your pictures
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    Comment edited on: 2/9/2013 11:12:46 PM
    What's all that white jazz? Strange stuff!
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  • JACKIE542
    I can't complain about my snow anymore, we got 5 inches, I can't imagine what you have gone through. Take care emoticon
    2199 days ago
    Good training. LOL I sure don't miss those days.
    2199 days ago
    Wow, now I won't continue to complain about the snow that we have gotten this winter!
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    Karen !!! Oh my gawd !! I have never seen anything like that, lol. You poor got pounded ! It makes perfect sense that you would start shoveling when it's still relatively powder and not cement. Sheesh.

    Take it easy, cozy up with some hot tea, and crawl in bed...that's what I would do, lol.
    Wishing you warmer temps soon ! emoticon
    2199 days ago
    I feel for you, kiddo. It sucks big time to get it all at once, doesn't it... Just don't overdo it out there. And keep your nose and mouth covered. Researchers now know that it's not the exertion that brings on heart attacks, but rather the exertion plus breathing in the cold air. So take care, you! Hugs, Calen~
    2199 days ago
    Oh my gosh girl!I've been so worried!Thank God you are okay!!!Some of our friends are in a blackout up there...dont overdo it!Heart attacks can happen to very healthy people!! emoticon emoticon emoticon
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