I know, I know…I live in Minnesota.
But a major snowfall….just two days after the official start of spring?!?! Not cool, MN.
I think the snowfall was even more dreadful because of the circumstances….let me explain.
All winter we had people shoveling for us. Living in the apartment complex allowed for us to get away with barely lifting a finger. The most work that I did, involving snow, was trying to dig Greg’s car out one night after the first blizzard of the winter. That was a lot of hard work but I honestly wasn’t even out there that long…Greg did most of the work. And it was only one time.
On top of that, we’ve enjoyed beautiful, sunny, 50 degree days….for several days. The snow was almost completely gone off the ground…I could see the grass….and the sidewalks….and it was just glorious.
So when I heard that we were expecting snow on Tuesday, I got mad…really mad. I had convinced myself that we had seen the end of winter here in the ‘sota. In fact, I tried to convince Greg we didn’t need a shovel on one of our Home Depot runs during move in weekend. But he insisted on getting one, so I figured we could have one for next year.
Greg left for a trip on Tuesday morning, just in time for the snow clouds to roll in. To make a long story short, we started getting rain, and hail on Tuesday evening….that coated the ground first and then the snow came. Several inches. Not as much as times before, but it was the wet, heavy kind of snow….on top of the wet, icy ground.
I didn’t have time to shovel on Wednesday morning when I woke up to the ground covered in white fluff. Plus it was still snowing so I figured I should wait anyway. It snowed the whole day on Wednesday and when I got home the driveway was covered. I underestimated the amount of snow….I knew there was enough that I was going to have to gun it to get up the slope of our driveway, and over the pile of snow that the plows pushed up at the end. I got up the driveway and then realized I had to put the car in park so I could go open the garage door (our opener isn’t working so I had to type in the code). That was the wrong idea. I got back in the car and was completely stuck. Couldn’t go forward or backward.
So the shoveling process began. I thought I was going to die. It was so heavy. I could barely lift the shovel full of snow….in fact I had to use all the weight of my body to push the shovel across the driveway. I shoveled around my car and tried to move it, but it didn’t budge. The wheels just kept spinning. So I shoveled some more. In the meantime, Mr. Neighbor man was effortlessly removing the snow with his trusty snow blower. I figured it would be a great way to meet the neighbors because he would offer to help me….nope, that didn’t happen. All that happened was the snow from his driveway was blowing in my face and the gas fumes from his snow blowers were making me ill.
At least an hour later, I had shoveled the whole driveway (including the bottom which is the worst part), backed my car out of the driveway, and gunned it again to get it into the garage. Success!
As you can see, the shoveling job was pretty pitiful…so much snow is still left on the driveway. But at least I can get in and out of the driveway….
Silly, Spring Snowfall….please don’t ever come again!