The Random Writings of Rachel: 5 Alternatives to Shoveling Snow

5 Alternatives to Shoveling Snow





First, a few reasons why snow shoveling is an activity that should be avoided at all costs:

1. It's Meaningless, Meaningless, All is Meaningless!
But seriously, when it's actively snowing, you could spend your life shoveling your driveway because by the time you've finished it's time to start shoveling again! Even if it's not snowing, a breeze could cause all of your neat piles of snow to drift and fill your driveway up again.

2. It's Dangerous.
Frostbite, Hypothermia, Risk of slipping on ice or slippery snow and breaking a bone or getting a concussion. You might accidentally lock yourself out of your house and freeze to death before you find a way back in. You could strain a muscle in your back and be laid up for days, which would lead to a complete exhaustion of all reasonably good shows on Netflix.

3. It's Not Very Fun.
At the moment, I can think of at least five things that are more fun that shoveling snow out of your driveway: Eating, Reading a Book, Shopping, Sewing, Dishwashing, and Cuddling.


Alternatives to Shoveling your Driveway:

1. Hire Someone to Plow Your Driveway Instead.
Very attractive, but this costs money.

2. Buy a car that can drive through snowbanks with the greatest of ease.
This probably costs even more money than option #1.

3. Move to somewhere where it never snows.
I'm 100% in support of this option.

4. Stay home until Spring.
I would almost be okay with this but it's probably not feasible for the majority of society.

5. Convince your pet Bear to do it for you.
I mean, after all, a bear's coat is very thick and well-designed to withstand freezing temperatures, don't you think? Make him earn his keep!

30 comments:

  1. Ahaha yeah shoveling is super un-fun. This is one of the very few areas where I take advantage of traditional men-women roles and let my fiance do the shoveling. I help clear the cars sometimes but I'd rather stay inside and make him some breakfast for when he's finished.

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  2. Hahaha... I'd be in favour of the last option too, if I had a pet bear. Otherwise I think the staying home til Spring option is quite appealing...

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  3. Brrr. Since we live on base we have to shovel our driveway and the sidewalks in front of our house within 24 hours of snowfall I think. My husband usually does it. Unless he's deployed.

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  4. Haha option #5 sounds like a great idea! I spent a good hour on Wednesday unearthing my car from the pile of snow it was under.

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  5. I'm all for number 3. I highly recommend Southern California. Although, I might be a bit biased...

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  6. I like the idea of hibernating until Spring, or having a bear do it for me. My boyfriend and I spent 2 hours shoveling {during a winter storm} on Tuesday... and got nowhere, of course. We agreed next time we'll just watch it pile up outside before shoveling it all away. Why do it 2-3 times instead of just 1 back-breaking time? :)

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  7. With you.

    We're in Iowa, aka Land-Of-No-Trees-And-Many-Winds, so all the shoveling proves fruitless in about... five minutes.

    Also? In my neck of the not-woods-more-like-fields, they don't call it shoveling. They call it "scooping snow." What? What? Crazy Iowans.

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  8. I'm going to opt for option 6: park in a garage, Lol. :) Thankfully, my apartment building has a covered garage parking attached so I don't have to shovel or do anything like that. In case something does need shoveling, is the bear available? I would move somewhere away from snow but I love nothing more than a snow day where I can't leave the house! Happy Friday Rachel! -Iva

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  9. I vote for the Bear! Just because I'd love to see the look on my neighbours faces! LOL

    But I would be right behind you to move to a place where we can avoid snow altogether.

    I'm super lucky. When my husband is gone travelling overseas often the neighbour will come and shovel our drive for us.

    bisous
    Suzanne

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  10. Amen. I'm so ready for winter to be over but I know there's still almost 3 months left of it!

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  11. Supposedly in my city, there is an ordinance that snow is supposed to be cleared off sidewalks after four hours of snowfall. I think that is ridiculous. HAHA. What if you were asleep and it is snowing, or at work, or it is actively snowing. I have to admit that we never shovel ever, but it only snows a few inches here and there if that.

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  12. Haha...I love your alternatives!!!

    But here we have a better and faster alternative: calcium chloride. It's a salt like substance and you just have to sprinkle it over the snow and it literally melts it.

    What can I say, I work with chemicals and we sell this by tonnes in the winter to the local authorities for the roads... And it's cheap too, about 50 euro cents per kilo.

    Kisses,
    Aida

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  13. I like all of those reasons and alternatives. I like snow once a year and I'm good. It can be cold for Christmas, then it needs to be spring, darn it!

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  14. #3 all. the. way. It has yet to snow where I live, but it's been incredibly cold, which is fine with me!

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  15. I am soooo thankful that our apartment complex shovels and plows for us!!!! Especially this year which has been a non-stop snow fest!

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  16. This is why we love our neighbor...he always snow blows our driveway and then we get him a gift at the end of winter. He does it because he enjoys it though...weirdo! Ha!
    Debbie
    www.fashionfairydust.blogspot.com

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  17. Saying at home is the best alternative. It only snows about twice a year here so it's not too dramatic!

    Corinne x
    www.skinnedcartree.com

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  18. Obviously it's time for me to move somewhere warm. I hate snow.

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  19. Gorgeous pictures! I agree with you why waste precious time shoveling snow. Being in the UK we don't really get much snow we just have a few weeks here and there so no big deal really but if we had more I'd want a bear to shovel the snow for me ;)

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  20. Yikes!! That is more snow than I've ever seen in my life! I was excited a few weeks ago when we had about 1cm of snow. My money is on moving to somewhere where snow is a novelty....

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  21. Wow, so much snow! Not to rub it in, but so glad it missed us this time! Your house looks nice and cozy inside though! That must be one great pet bear that can shovel snow! ;)

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  22. This post makes me appreciate Trinidad so much more. :)

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  23. I found your blog through Bloggers without Babies and I'm so glad I did. I love the pics on this post! Also, being from Texas I don't know what it's like to shovel snow. If we get ANY snow or ice, our cities basically shut down. LOL

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  24. I'm gonna go ahead and say that you should just stay home until Spring! I was in Minnesota TWICE this month and I am OVVVER snow and cold weather already... I will take my Texas winter any day of the week! Heard its supposed to be getting COLLLD this week... stay warm, lady!

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  25. As much as I miss living up north, I do not miss shoveling snow. I do not miss running out to start the car to let it warm up and scrape the ice off. I do not miss slipping and falling on the ice in a mad scramble to get to the car, or back inside. Stay warm!

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  26. #3 is definitely my favorite! I hate snow and it never snows where we live. Thank God!

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  27. I can honestly say I do not understand the point of shoveling snow.

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  28. It never snowed in my area so these pictures & stuff still makes me JEALOUS!

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  29. I really wish we had a bear to shovel our snow. One of the days a few weeks ago my husband had to work 36 hours straight, and I didn't want him to come home and have to shovel our front walk way. Being the "good wife" I am, I attempted to shovel it. I had to come in the house at least 5 times to thaw out. It's been crazy cold here. School has been delayed or cancelled pretty much every day for the last 3 weeks!
    Eva Marie Taylor

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