So far there has been just over 20 cm of snow to touch down. That’s about 8 inches. By tomorrow morning, it’s supposed to be another 15 cm or 6 inches.
My first activity today was shovelling everything I shovelled yesterday. The driveway, the sidewalk, around the house and out to the composted. Before I started it looked like this…
After I was done, it looked like this…
No, I didn’t shovel away the red car. That’s my mother-in-laws car. As I dressed to go shovel she was quickly getting ready too. I was thinking that she was thinking that I was going out and needed to move her car. I say, “Don’t rush Jean, I’m only go out to shovel.” She replies, “Oh, I am too.” Oh. We stepped out and she has a tiny flat shovel. I have my totally great ergonomic shovel. She says,”You go first with your bigger shovel. I’ll follow and clean up the small stuff.” Okay!
Moments later she is starting to clean off my Jeep with her shovel. Gentle, yes. Acceptable, NO! “Jean, would you like a brush?” Ugh. She stopped shovelling and started brushing the passenger side of my vehicle. Then she did both sides if her vehicle. She said she was getting cold. I suggested she stop and head inside. She said she needed to go out. So she stopped and the driver’s side of my vehicle was still covered in snow.
By the time I shovelled everything, including the grass path to the composted, it was an hour.
It was great to shovel but I was happy to be done. Headed inside to change and then went to the gym. Spent 35 minutes on the elliptical at level 11 doing random intervals. By the time I was done, 400 calories were gone.
We came home from the gym, along with a few short stops to find more snow and snow drifts. Grabbed the shovel and did it all over again. Thirty-five minutes later I had done everything and my shoulders were starting to feel tired.
As I shovelled both times today, I thought of all the times I’ve shovelled with my Dad and all that he’s taught me about shovelling. Here’s a good list of advice I’ve received from him regarding shovelling.
1. Ergonomic shovels are great and you can never have to many. My Dad has somewhere between 8-12. No joke!
2. Shovel with the wind at your back. You’ll stay warmers and the snow won’t blow in your face. It’s most efficient.
3. Throw/pile the snow against the house. It really does help insulate.
4. Push the snow to the edge of the path and lift. It’s a nice clean shovel.
5. Don’t just push the snow around. That’s a waste of time. Be effective. (That’s from my Grandfather.)
6. Don’t throw the snow with just your back. Use your legs and shoulders too.
7. Don’t buy a really large shovel. You’ll never be able to lift it.
8. Write your name on your shovel, no matter how many you have.
As I shovel again later tonight, I know I will remember some more wisdom I’ve gotten from my father. Yes, that’s right. Once I return from my father-in-law’s Christmas concert tonight, I’ll do it all over again. Part III to follow tomorrow.