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Seattle Snow

Posted by joeabbott on December 22, 2008

 

OK, I’m not huge on adding pictures to my blog. It just takes that tiny bit of coordination and planning that I lack … or lack for the purpose of documenting my life. But, this is good stuff and having just had my mother out here, I’m sure she can appreciate seeing the difference just a couple months make.

 

salmon driveway sculpture

salmon driveway sculpture

We recently had some work done to our driveway. More specifically, to the side of it. We used to have a small strip of crushed gravel and then bark. The bark collapsed into the gravel and the entire thing just became a huge plot of earth to weed. We had all that removed and put in large stone with crushed rock around it and then a dry streambed through it. It looks good but Suzanne put a small school of ironwork salmon heading up the driveway into the streambed … and now it looks really good. Here’s how things look with a bit of snow tossed in.

Front yard

Front yard

Here’s the front yard … and it’s really most all of it! I love it. Not a lot to mow and just enough to have some growing things and whatnot. We have two ironwork sculptures planted in the front yard that are nearly buried from the recent snows. The iron man, Clyde, holds a couple of solar powered lanterns … probably not going to be going on any time soon. The ironwork cat is nearly buried. Behind them you can see the bamboo was knocked down a bit by all the snow I shoveled off the stairs earlier in the day.

shoveled driveway

Shoveled driveway!

 Now this was a big piece of work. We had 3-4 inches of snow during last week and I didn’t shovel. We had a few deliveries but our cars remained parked. Over the weekend we got dumped on … about 8″ of light stuff. Then we got stir crazy and I drove Suzanne to work Monday morning and came home. On the way up the driveway I got sideways (literally) and stuck. I had to shovel myself out, apply liberal amounts of sand for traction, and then got straightend out. Good thing, too … my back tire was about a foot off a small retaining wall that dropped about 28″ right there.
 
I then figured I’d shovel the minimum necessary to get my car into the garage. One thing led to another and I ended up shoveling the whole darned thing. ouch. That was a lot of compacted snow and ice. I wore about a quarter inch off the end of my shovel. A sore back is in store for me tonight!
 
 
 
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One Response to “Seattle Snow”

  1. […] anglers, nor do we have tropical fish or anything like that. Still, we have a lot of fish outside. Earlier I’d pointed out some fish we put adjacent to the front driveway and now we have a similar school keeping busy in the back. And where else would you expect to find […]

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