Ready, Set, Snow!

Sorry for the later than normal post this morning, just got done digging out my driveway for the third time in the past three hours!

Winter “officially” arrived for us last night!

The southern part of the Twin Cities got hit with about six inches of snow late yesterday afternoon, which is not a big deal in this neck of the woods, but along with the snow came high winds and falling temps.

When I got up this morning the wind was howling and the temp was in the single digits and that nasty word, “windchill” was being talked about on the morning news.

We could have had it worse. South of the Twin Cities, all the way through Iowa, it is a blizzard. They had significantly more snow than us and even stronger winds. Basically, the whole state of Iowa is shut down today.

My kids were hoping for a “snow day” from school, but alas, no such luck!

School was on time this morning and being the caring & loving father that I strive to be, I drove my daughter to her bus stop this morning so she wouldn’t have to wait outside for the bus to come in these conditions. I also drove my son to his school to avoid a longer and colder bus ride.

However, my personal battle with good ‘ol Mother Nature was the real story today.

We had drifts in driveway that were two to three feet high at 5:30 this morning and my wife needed to get a jump on the anticipated nightmare of a cummute, so it was time for me to spring into action and get the driveway cleared!

I had a plan and in preparation for this attack, I got my snowblower ready yesterday.

I filled it with gas, got the cord necessary for the electrical start ready and even “aimed” thing, much like a real plow, so it was ready go right out of my garage this morning at a moments notice!

As I mentioned, the call came (okay, my wife asked me) to clear the drive shortly after 5:30. I threw on multiple layers of clothes, a pair snowpants, a heavy winter coat, neck warmer, hat, gloves, boots and even ski goggles!

I looked like I was ready to go explore the north pole!

I fired up the snowblower, it took off like a champ!

It had been stored the past seven months and it acted like it was “opening day” of the baseball season at Wrigley Field!

It couldn’t wait to start blowing snow!

Of course my next door neighbor, who happened to be “down wind” probably wasn’t as excited about the whole experience!

It took me about a half hour to clear the driveway and send my wife on her way.

But just as I had finished I saw them!

Down my dark, deserted street, I could see them coming!

The flashing lights of a city snowplow!

It was as if the plow was saying, “Here I come and there’s not thing one you can do to stop me!”


Within seconds, my nice clear driveway had more snow in it than it had when I started!

Why does it always seem the plows wait until you finish before coming by?

I think it’s a conspiracy among the plow drivers. They probably have a good laugh at the end of the day and share stories how they buried some “poor sap” at the end of his driveway!

My family may wonder, “Gee, whatever happened to Dad?”

Then next spring when the glacier at the end of drive finally melts, they’ll find me and say, “Oh, a snowplow must have gotten him!”

So following the city plow I spent another fifteen minutes redoing the end of my driveway.

And a final note, by the time I got home from taking the kids, Mother Nature had done a nice job of filling in the driveway again.

So I cleared it one more time.

But I didn’t mind too much since I’m up for a good battle!


  1. Pablo says:

    Dude – you’ve got a snowblower! Try shoveling it next time. :-)
    And, I know of a couple scouts needing to do a good turn now and then. Don’t take away ALL their opportunities. Josh and I shoveled at 6:30 this am – luckily AFTER the snowplow.
    But, I’ll admit I finally got my grandmother’s 29yearold Toro running this afternoon and it was actually fun to spray snow around. Kind of like cutting firewood – it’s fun once or twice, but by January it will be drudgery.