And the joys of being a homeowner begin with a massive snow dump (Day 338)…


Sorry for the late post today, peeps — A huge snowstorm meant no going into work, but thanks to stupid Bell, the Internet isn’t set up in my new house yet, despite the fact they assured me it would be, so I’m relying on a series of open wireless networks for random bouts of connectedness.

Also, I’ve never ached more in my life, nor been so exhausted.

So for today’s change, in honour of this blizzard and because I now have a porch, walkway and sidewalk to keep clear, I’m going to get a shovel and use the last ounce of strength in my shaking muscles to haul the snow away. No fancy snow blowers, no corrosive salt, no toxic anti-freeze.

The only issue I’m now facing, however, is whether to get a metal one or a plastic one (which would break my no-new-plastic pledge). Are there used shovels on Craigslist, do you think?

Either way, wish me luck! And also, a BIG BIG BIG thanks to all those who helped me move yesterday — Mason, Lloyd, Mary Ann, Mike, Emma, Brandon and Dad. If it weren’t for you, I’d probably be buried in a snow bank right now, lifelessly clutching the leg of my desk chair.

Photo courtesy of Bulldog1 on Flickr

8 Responses to And the joys of being a homeowner begin with a massive snow dump (Day 338)…

  1. Alexia says:

    Hello, congrats on your new home. As a fellow home owner let me give you some advice on your tools you will be needing for your home. Don’t skimp buy the good stuff it will last you a lot longer, metal if by far better than plastic when it comes to your tools. Especially that snow shovel!

  2. Lupa says:

    First, congrats on the big move! As to the shovel, try thrift stores.

  3. dinsky says:

    I agree, go metal!

    I believe there are also salts you can get that are more environmentally friendly. I usually try and go for the “paw friendly” variety for the sake of my kitties three.

    Which reminds me… I was killing time (procrastinating) by reading your archives a while back, and have decided to switch from clay stuff to “The World’s Best Kitty Litter”. I gotta say, so far, they live up to the name!! My kitties and I are very pleased with it 🙂

  4. Hellcat13 says:

    Congrats on the move! Glad to hear everything went well.

    I dug out our first 15cm when I got home this afternoon – waiting for the next 15 over night. And I’d go metal for sure. My dad picks stuff up for me at yard sales in the summer – lots of people who are downsizing try to get rid of yard tools that way, and you can get some great deals. (It doesn’t help you much now, but at least in the future it’s an option.)

  5. blah says:

    Congratulations on the move. Buy a metal one and you likely won’t have to buy another one for as long as you own your home (if it’s a good one). That’s going to save not only money but help save the environment as well.

  6. Deb in MA says:

    Why not try meeting your new neighbors and ask to borrow a shovel until you can find one? Also, we use old fashioned sand instead of salt. Just be sure to find yourself a good sisal door mat to wipe your feet prior to entering the house and/or be sure to take off your shoes at the door to prevent sand from traveling throughout the house resulting in more housework (yuck). The best of everything in your new home!

  7. Emma says:

    careful shoveling! I pulled my back out from 3 shifts of shoveling yesterday. im now lying on the floor crying alone in my house….

  8. blah says:

    Yeah, good luck not hurting yourself. I’ve just spend the past 40 minutes trying to literally dig my car out of the snow. It was definately a work out.

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