|This is not an epic amount of snow for Michigan but it is enough to get your attention if you leave a plowed roadway. The object in the picture is a typical, full sized picnic table.|
I got my ass chewed this morning.
We got about 8" of snow last night. It was windy and the snow drifted.
As was my custom, I went over to Sprite's, fired up her tractor and plowed her 750' long driveway.
Then I plowed my 80' long driveway with Sprites tractor.
After the first pass of my driveway, I saw a man had parked his truck so it was blocking the end of my drive. He wanted a word with me. Actually, he wanted MANY words with me.
It was one of the couple who was house-sitting Sprite's house while she takes a much needed vacation "down south".
Mea culpa, mea culpa, mea maxima culpa
I had plowed the drive wrong.
I had awakened him with the sound of the diesel engine at the gawdawfull hour of 9AM
He demanded that I return the tractor at once.
The first thought that crossed my mind is that he waited until his driveway was done before he complained.
I asked how it was possible to plow a driveway wrong? I wanted to know.
According to him, I failed to plow a path to the chicken coop and walking fifty yards through eight inch snow was not going to happen.
I must confess to the sin of "judging" at that point. I decided he was a "city person".
I drove the tractor back to Sprite's and parked it beside the garage.
Looking at the weather forecast with gleeful anticipation
There are four inches of snow in the forecast shortly before Sprite returns. If the 10mph winds are from the west, the driveway will fill up with about two-feet of drifted snow. If he waits to plow it, the snow will harden. Blown snow is granular while freshly fallen snow is flaky. Blown snow is denser and there is more grain-to-grain contact and it quickly diffusion welds together.
Windchills in the neighborhood of -3 are predicted.
And the secret to Yoda-like serenity is to be able to sit in a recliner in front of the fire and say "No longer my problem".