February 22nd, 2013

Snowpocalypse Now!

Ok, the forecast for here was not for Snowpocalypse. But given the piddling amounts of snow we've gotten this winter, as the cold storms have gone south and north of us, while the warm storms have dropped enough rain to start easing the drought, the forecast of seven inches looked mildly daunting. Enough so that daisy_knotwise went out yesterday and picked up fresh gas for the snowblower. That would be the snowblower that hadn't been used since 2011. (The one 2012 storm that would have triggered snowblower usage came while I was at Confusion and when a young man offered to shovel the driveway for thirty bucks, Gretchen took him up on it.)

What we actually got was three inches or so of dense snow. Well, I had the fresh gas, so I might as well take a run at it and make sure that the snowblower was still working. I mixed the last bottle of oil with the gas, poured the gas in the tank, hooked up the power cord, hit the electric starter...

And the snowblower happily started! And there was much rejoicing. I made fairly quick work of the driveway and sidewalk, went in, took a shower, and got to work.

It is nice to know that the poor beastie is still working. Of course, this snowblower is a Toro... :)