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Cranking up for Snowmageddon 2019

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A day or so ago I was hearing from several of my co-workers about a possible snowstorm that might be coming this way this weekend.  There were rumors about the possibility of a foot or more of the white stuff that might be coming down.  Naturally, for most of them, it was a cause for concern, but for me it was quite the opposite.  My personal reaction to hearing we might be getting significant snowfall was ‘About Damn Time!’

I’ve always been one that liked a lot of snow. Even when I was little, I loved to watch the snow come down, knowing that the next day (or later that same day) I would be able to play in it.  Snowball fights, snow forts, being able to get swathed in my snowsuit, with the mittens attached to the cuffs by clips, playing in the yard with my brother and the neighbor kids for hours.  Sledding, tobogganing, building, destroying, fighting (not the ‘knock down drag out’ variety) and just generally having a good time as kids are supposed to.

Now that I’m older, well the desire is still there, just in a different manner.  I have a ‘toy’ that I ‘play’ with, called a snowblower.  It’s almost 30 years old, and it’s undergone a couple of refits, but it still works just fine.  A bit rusty, I remember purchasing it from the local AGWAY store near where I grew up, because there was a big snowstorm coming, and I wasn’t able to manhandle the large Graveley tractor that my Dad used to use.  His Alzheimer’s was in full swing at the time, and he wasn’t able to help me with the configuration of attaching the large 48″ snowblower to the front of the tractor.  So I went to the AGWAY and bought a floor model snowblower, and asked if it was possible for them to deliver it that day.  As I recall they were amenable to the prospect, and later that afternoon, just before the snow started falling, the truck arrived and they dropped it in my driveway.  I muscled it up and into the garage and was able to test it out the next morning.  Worked like a champ.  So much so that I never used the older, bigger snowblower again.  Even so, were I able to, I would have taken Dad’s Graveley with me.  But the people who bought my parent’s house wanted the tractor, so it went with the house as it was sold.  Visiting the property in 2016, I noted the tractor was long gone from the garage.  The owner’s Mercedes sedan was in the bay where the old station wagon used to sit, but it appeared there had been no yard equipment in the garage for some time.

Hmm…getting back to the topic at hand.  Getting ready for the impending snowstorm.  I went shopping today for some of the items I figured we needed, filled the Edge with gas and filled my 5 gallon can with gas to make sure the snow blower was good to go.  Between Saturday and Sunday, if the storm holds the right track, we might end up with about 20 or more inches of snow.

Fingers crossed it works out that way!!

Snow!

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Snowmageddon!  Ok, not really.

We’ve all heard about global warming, and how weather patterns are going to be changing from now on.  Well, they have been changing for many years, though sometimes it’s hard to see when you’re in the midst of it.  Now, I’m not advocating because it snowed yesterday and this morning (as well as 11 inches last week) to say that we’re in the midst of some ‘snowpacalypse’, but….you have to admit, there have been a lot of odd weather patterns we’ve been seeing around the world for the last few years.

Of course, the current US Administration is in deep climate denial, even going so far as to insist that the recent rash of forest fires in California have -nothing- to do with climate change.  The current US President seems to think that what’s happening around the globe is ‘normal’, and can’t possibly be anything other than what has always happened, and will happen in the future with the climate.  Except that there’s never been a time in the history of the planet where the dominant species has effected the global climate the way humans have.  Certainly dinosaurs were never so evolved that they were burning fossil fuels at such a rate as to effect global weather patterns.  Or at least I’ve never heard of such a thing.

Honestly though, the snow is kind of screwing up my fall clean-up.  I was supposed to have the leaves raked and on the curb by now.  Little hard to do so when they’re buried under 5-6 inches of hard packed snow.  Not even sure that the village I live in is going to be collecting leaves when the snow melts.  Generally they stop around Thanksgiving, and that’s in 3 days.  The weather report is saying that the cold weather is going to stick around at least for another week.  So that’s going to put a crimp in that leaf plan.  I do have a back-up plan in case the village stops collecting leaves.  Though it’s going to cost me some cash.  But it can’t be helped.

Getting back to the topic.  We’ve been undergoing a bit of a cold snap to go along with the unexpected snow.  At least we’ve made some changes to the house in the summertime, so now it’s a little more efficient.  So hopefully over the course of the heating season we’re not going to be using quite as much NG as last year.  It will be interesting to see what the difference is if the temperatures are similar.

Finally my repaired snowblower worked like a champ in the heavy snow.  11 inches of the white stuff was chopped up and blown into the next yard like the machine wasn’t really 28 years old.   Of course, I had completely forgotten I had drained the gas tank, and spent about 3 minutes yanking on the starter cord without any luck.  Once I remembered and filled the tank with fresh fuel, I was in business.  I even managed to assist the new tenant across the street unbury his vehicle.  HE doesn’t have a garage…I do!  Which I’m VERY thankful of.  Constantly unburying the car is something that I don’t miss at all.  Just let the snow, ice, freezing rain, whatever happen and drive the dry car out of the garage.  That’s how you do it!

Anyway, I said my piece.  It’s nice when it snows.  Just have to wonder if we’re going to end up with more of it over the coming years, because of something happening that we’re affecting.  Food for thought.