Friday, December 14, 2007
THIS AND THAT
Just a couple of pictures to show you what Mother Nature sent us. Remember the "It's not nice to fool Mother Nature ads? I don't even remember what the ads were for, some kind of artificial spread no doubt. But old Mom Nature was obviously not very happy with some of us. We ended up with 11", more than we have had at one time for a couple of years, and everyone got out of work early to head home , making the commute a nightmare. Last night we(I) shoveled and Bob snow blew the driveway. This morning, before he left for work, he asked me to scrape the rest of the snow from the driveway. What he failed to mention was that the metal strip on the snow shovel was gone. Those of you not familiar with snow shovels should know that there is a metal edge to them that helps scrape the snow up from the asphalt. No metal strip, long and tiring scraping with a less than stable plastic edge.
To those of you that think snow is an abstract romantic ground cover, this is the edge of my street. Snow in his condition is like driving in lard. If you are too young to remember lard, it is rendered animal fat that we used to fry donuts in. Good stuff ( until we figured out that eating the fat of animals was not in our best interest health-wise, thus the saying "lard-ass"), but not great to drive in. So the plows came along and deposited this lard here:
at the edge of the driveway I had just spent an hour scraping down to blacktop. This stuff is very wet, from the salt they treated the street with prior to the storm, and very HEAVY!! Sometimes when you shovel it to the pile on the edge of the driveway it rolls back into the road and you have to shovel the same 10 lb per square inch mass again. It took 45 minutes to get this crap out of the driveway.
On the bright side, my chandelier basket arrived from Kari and Kijsa today and it is beautiful. It is one of my Christmas presents so I can't use it yet, but go to their blog and you will see the first 14 of 24 uses they have for it. If you don't know them you should run, not walk, over there to meet them. They are oh so clever girls , a lot of fun and they have the BEST taste.
Tomorrow night my office Christmas party at a local restaurant followed by a storm, possibly sleet and freezing rain for 12 -15 hours. Sure sounds like a lovely Sunday. I am thinking that grocery shopping is NOT a good idea.