Post Storm Non-shoveling

So I awoke to above freezing temperatures and slush on the ground. In checking the weather forecast I’ve learned the temperature is going to increase. So, no need to shovel this morning. With the high projected to be 38 I figure the slush will have melted away by the time I get off of work and back from my chiropractor visit.

Now – do I hop on the treadmill for some cardio?

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Pre-storm Shoveling

Older picture of deck with snow.

I spent an hour using the snowblower, a shovel, and a sidewalk ice scrapper to clear off the deck. There was a 3-foot tall pile of snow that ran the length of the deck. It came from the roofers scrapping all the ice and snow off the roof.

It was my workout for the day. It most definitely equaled a run because my t-shirt was just as soaked with sweat as if I’d done 30 minutes. The rest of the day will be a lazy day of lounging and resting!

What!?!?!?!?

Are you kidding me with this weather? It’s supposed to be -4 degrees tomorrow morning. No. Just no.

Yeah, you bet ya!

Thankfully I decided to clean off my driveway last night. Originally I was going to hold of until this morning. That would have left me with three inches of ice to attempt to remove. I still have a crust of frozen mush out there, but it’s not solid ice.

My heart goes out to anyone in the Duluth area who decided to wait until this morning to shovel. I get it. You hoped to be able to remove the snow after it stopped falling. Now, though, you’re stuck with glare ice for the weekend – at the least. I haven’t checked to see how long this sub-zero weather is lasting.

Snow Blowed!

And it was a wet, sticky snow. If it had been dry I am sure I’d have been dealing with 12 inches. But it was super wet and so was mush. Had I had to shovel the stuff I’d be at the hospital right now with either back thrown out or a heart attack.

Wait.

I’m a chemical dependency counselor.

No heart.

So, just my back thrown out.

Rise And Shine

Good Morning North Blogistan! It’s 18 degrees out and partly cloudy with a wind out of the North at 6 mph. I expect a high of 26 and the wind to swing around out of the west by the afternoon. It looks like there will be no precipitation until 8:00 PM. However, the wind is expected to pick up to 12 mph by then.

So, the first day of replacing the roof looks to be fair weather. Tomorrow, though, looks to be a different story with wind and snow forecast for the start of the day.

Home Improvements.

For the record, I hate doing house repairs. But that doesn’t mean I can’t do them. I just don’t like doing them. So, when I actually do repairs around the house, I think I deserve to brag. So, yeah, this is a bragging post. Anyway, I had to do one repair and one construction job this week.

The repair was the shower/walk-in tub. The hose for the hand-held shower sprung a leak. Unfortunately, it’s an old tub. It means the fixtures are non-standard. That meant figuring out how to jury-rig today’s shower hoses with yesterday’s fittings. In the end, I had to buy an 8-inch dishwasher hose, one package of two 1/2 inch to 3/8 inch fittings (even though I only needed one) and a 3/8 male to 3/8 male fitting so I could connect two 3/8 inch female hose fittings. As the picture shows, the hose no longer retracts into the tub’s interior. That’s because a 1/2 inch fitting does not fit through the hole.

Oh, and all this took about 4 hours due to having to make three trips to the store, one of which was due to forgetting my wallet. This is why I hate doing home repairs. If I could afford a plumber, I’d have rather gone that route.


The other project was the building of a shelf. Now, I’d done something similar in the past, so it didn’t take nearly as long as the shower hose debacle. I bought a 10-foot chain, a 6-foot long board that was 9 inches wide, 4 threaded open hooks, and 4 bolt & nut hooks. And ta-da! one functional shelf in the basement. Now we can watch TV while using the treadmill.

So, there you are. Home repair projects successfully completed. Not necessarily enjoyed (the shower hose repair), but of which I can be proud. Now, I’ve got some light switches to work on, but that’s a completely different type of repair I am definitely not looking forward to doing.


First Shoveling

Since it wasn’t heavy enough of a snowfall I ended up shoveling the driveway and sidewalk to the front door, it took about 45 minutes and wasn’t that much of a workout. Maneuvering the massive snowblower probably would have been a more taxing workout.


It Was A Dark And…..

Stalwart Cup Weathered the Storm

Yeah, yeah, yeah. A thunderstorm moved in at 2:00 AM. There was wind; there was rain; there was a whole lot of lightning. It was very, very frightful. Somehow, this cup managed to stay on the deck table.

Get Out Of Dodge!

I was given my marching orders in no uncertain terms. Tina is going to come home from work and clean house. That means I must not be around and under foot. So, I am going to go for a run soon, shower, and then get out of Dodge for the day. Not sure where I am going to go, but since Tina hates me being around when she cleans, I am going to have to figure something out.

Kang And The Chipmonks

I was out on the deck, mindfully enjoying the nature that surrounds my backyard. Squirrels were climbing in the trees deep in the woods to the west. Birds were all about chirping. The occasional hummingbird swooped by to drink nectar from either our hummingbird feeder or the recently bloomed flowers along the fence line.

However, the most enjoyable aspect of the backyard this morning was Kang the Mighty Hunter stalking the two of three chipmunks that visit our yard to raid the bird feeders. Unbeknownst to one of them, it headed towards the feeder right along a path were Kang laid in wait. I don’t think I’ve seen fat old Kang move so fast in my life. He chased the chipmunk around the plant and damn near caught him.

Honestly, Kang appears lively and happier than I’ve ever seen him. Our new place has made his life, and his health, better.