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Sunday, December 28, 2008


The "S" Word

It just keeps snowing and snowing.

We're breaking records right and left around here. Most snowfall in a day. Most snowblowers sold. Most backs thrown out by people who can't afford snowblowers.

80 inches of snow have fallen on my town over the past month, with another 10 inches predicted for this week. And then we'll be starting off the new year with another 8 to 14 inches next weekend. No wonder people are starting to treat the word "snow" as some kind of unmentionable profanity.

I've shoveled our driveway over a dozen times now. There's no place left to put the snow. I'm scooping and lifting it literally over my head, which takes a huge toll on back and shoulder muscles.

I'm worrying over the three feet of snow on my roof and wondering if the experts are right that these new houses can take the weight. There must be 5,000 pounds of the white stuff up there. Every creak and groan in the night makes me wonder if the roof is about to collapse upon us. It doesn't help when the local paper publishes headlines screaming, "Buildings could collapse under next round of storms!"

It's been a real adventure trying to drive out of our neighborhood, as we seem to be last on the city's list of streets to plow. Basically, we leave our driveway going about 40mph and hope for a clear shot to the main road about a quarter-mile away. You don't stop or slow down, for fear of getting stuck in a drift.

You know it's a bad winter when you hear neighbors say, "We're thinking of moving back to California." It could never be that bad for me. The snow may be an inconvenience and, sometimes, a danger, but I'd still rather raise my family in this part of the country, with its four unique seasons.

Besides, the kids think the snow is awesome. They have none of the worries about it that I do. To them, it's all fun and games. At least until the roof falls down on our heads.

Skiing on the beach


Blogger John said...

My uncle lived in Flagstaff AZ (which is at 7000 feet) in the early 60s, and used to tell of a winter where he had to shovel snow off of his roof, and throw it UP onto the snowpile. He said that's when he said ENOUGH! and moved back to Mesa (desert country). I moved there in 89, and people still talked about that winter!

7:47 PM  
Blogger Oda Daddy said...

Holy cow! You get more snow in one day than I've seen in my entire lifetime. Someday I'm gonna visit up there in the winter just for the experience, then I'm coming back to TX where it's warm.

9:13 PM  
Blogger Java said...

Wow!! Wishing I could esperience that, it looks so fairy tale LOL.
Stay safe!

5:23 AM  
Blogger brettdl said...

Hey, lots of empty houses in Arizona right now. Come on down.

(I would scrape it off your roof. During the blizzard of 79 in Chicago, the snow damaged ours and it was never the same afterward.)

10:53 AM  
OpenID underthebigbluesky said...

here's me sending little healing blessings to your back and your roof.

and hoping you see the ground again.

though i'm still slightly jealous!

11:42 AM  
Blogger Eric said...

Now THAT is a LOT of snow!

1:20 PM  
Blogger Dan said...

Get up on that roof and start shoveling you lazy bugger.

We got an inch at the beginning of December. The entire town came to a complete standstill

1:48 PM  
Blogger Idaho Dad said...

Get up on that roof and start shoveling

I fear falling off the roof more than I fear the house collapsing.

10:51 PM  
Blogger HLiza said...

Few days ago my son asked again why we don't have snow it just an imagination just like Santa and his reindeers? When I had explained that our part of the world don't have it..he said it must be fun playing with soft, white snow! I laughed and mentioned to him that snow is as cold as ice..not soft like marshmellow..but he refused to believe me!

2:46 AM  
Blogger brettdl said...

Well, yeah, a lot depends on the type and angle of your roof. Can you use those long extension poles they sell at Home Depot?

7:10 AM  
Blogger Whit said...

If you fall off the roof at least you'll land in 100 inches of powder and/or ice.

9:31 AM  
Blogger Henry Cate said...

"If you fall off the roof at least you'll land in 100 inches of powder and/or ice."

If he fell thirty or forty inches into the powder, it might be hard to get out.

3:57 PM  
Anonymous Scott said...

I was about to console you with, "At least you don't get hurricanes!" (I live in Pensacola, Florida), before I read how much you still love it in Idaho. I'd move to the Northwest myself, but I can't handle cold at all! In fact, I hate to have to wear anything but a T-shirt, shorts, and flip-flops any time of year!

8:47 PM  
Blogger Idaho Dad said...

Can you use those long extension poles they sell at Home Depot?

I did rake off the lower part of the roof, but the top part is waaaay up there, about 30 feet. Luckily we had a bit of a meltdown yesterday, which settled the snow down to about a foot on the roof. Still a lot of weight, but not so bad.

2:25 AM  
Blogger Katey said...

LOVE the shots of CdA!!! but don't say the S word anymore pahleeease!

8:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That snow is pretty but it looks awful cold. Meanwhile here in central Cali it's in the 60s and sunny. Ha!


2:59 PM  

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