- during large accumulations, shovel 2 or 3 times if possible. This makes the amount you are moving more manageable;
- it's a great reason to get outside and move during the winter months -- along the same lines as "if you own a dog you'll walk daily, which is good for you". In my mind shoveling is the same idea;
- some winters you may not need it much if at all;
- some snows are too heavy for the machine to work;
- machines require gas, maintenance, storage;
- think community -- can you borrow a snow blower?
In the past I have been blessed by the kind heart of a neighbor. When mother nature has dropped a large amount of snow, he kindly takes care of our walk. In exchange I bake for him. It is a nice balance in life. Now I know that shoveling does not fit into everyone's life. But it does mine, and so I embrace the cold weather workout and love not spending money on a machine. Check back in April, my tune may have changed if we get a ton of snow this year......
Included in this shot is my neighbor, taking care of his walk. And our bird feeding station. Seed is great, as are toddler scraps of bread with peanut butter, cereal, cheese, and other scraps that missed their mouths and hit the floor. We'll have some happy birds this year!
Thanks for reading, and know I love reading your frugal comments.