Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Rethinking Snow-Blowers

I never wanted a snow blower. It seems that shovels do a better job of clearing the driveway. And it's another machine to maintain. That alone is a bigger disincentive than the price tag on the snow blower.

Today Pastor called and asked a simple question. I had no idea what the answer was.

This evening, as Maggie was helping me shovel the driveway, she asked if she should go here and I should go there, or what. I had no idea what to decide.

It's hard to know which load of laundry to throw in next.

The futility of coping with all this snow, and knowing that we're not even 1/3 of the way through winter, is making it hard to think. That physical labor should not so thoroughly deplete my ability to make simple decisions.

The neighbors have plenty of snow in their yards. But the "cut edge" in their driveways are only about 2' deep. They have snow blowers. Snow blowers throw the snow waaaaaaay out there into the middle of the yard. The snow doesn't pile up next to the drive, as high as my head, only as far away as I have muscle to pitch it.

I may have to rethink whether maintaining another engine is worth it.


  1. Susan, it sounds like a snow blower would be a wise investment. I've been wondering if there was a way to tactfully suggest that very thing, even though it means maintaining another engine.

    After 1 1/2 years of school (meaning little deep cleaning), I'm discouraged with the clutter everywhere I look in my house. Maintaining stuff is tiring.

  2. In upstate NY, my father never once regretted the decision to get one. Even at 73 and with Parkinson's, he can still manage his long driveway and the sidewalks. Susan it is not just money..but your time and body you have to consider.

  3. Gary sounds like he's mechanically inclined enough to keep a snow blower running. It would be worth it for the years that are like this one!

    (Funny that you should post about this. I've actually been praying that the Lord would provide snow removal for you, either by snow blower acquisition or by help from your church family!)

  4. Yes I agree and also have been thinking you need a snow blower. Then you can have time to think about bread baking, kombucha brewing, and wearing your glasses into the bathroom.

    Glad to hear Maggie is better and helping with the shoveling, praying the rest of you don't catch the germies.

  5. If you had a snow blower Andrew would probably be able to handle it with no problem. Philip has been using one for a few years...the church has one. It is big and it does the job...plus guys like to clear the snow then. If you had to clear it though, it would be so much easier. I am having trouble thinking these days, too.

  6. In support of a snow blower... I would like to encourage your thrifty side and tell you that my dad has never bought a snow blower. He has the snow blower my grandpa gave him when my grandparents moved to Florida back in the 70's. My grandpa bought the snow blower in 1964!!! Talk about a good return on investment!! =)

  7. My family has started to use both. We first use the snowblower to remove the majority of the snow, and then get the bit of snow that's left with shovels. Shoveling what the snowblower left behind is still a lot quicker and easier than shoveling everything.