|About 8:45 pm last night: The snow starts.|
|5:00 am this morning, after the first shovelling.|
The snow was heavy and wet and while I tried to be very careful with my back, I ended up sore. I didn't feel anything pop or get strained, but it started tightening up right after so I had to take a muscle relaxer right away.
|12:30 pm, after the second shovelling.|
I shall update this later, probably after the third shovelling, and fourth if needed.
|Third shovelling, 6:00 Thursday evening.|
Update 12/21, the next morning.
We went out again about 6:00 last night to do it again. This time was a little more than last time and, since it was still snowing, I knew it wouldn't be the last. As you can see, the driveway is white already here, shortly after we finished.
|Final shovelling after the big storm, about 4:30 am Friday morning.|
Each time shovelling I got slower and slower and took more breaks, and when all was said and done I felt lucky that I wasn't more injured. Still no pop or significant strains in my back, but it is tight and sore as hell and I seem to need my knees bent when I stand so shall be calling in to work again today, Friday. I see a day of muscle relaxers, ice packs and naps headed my way. I haven't seen any snow totals yet, but I would guess 5 inches the first time out, then 2+, 3, and 1 for a total of about a foot in just over 24 hours. (Edit: It was 15.2 inches, so I underestimated a bit.)
I'm getting too old for this stuff. I plan on calling a mechanic friend to see if he can help me get my snowblower running, and if he can't then I know a mobile service where the guy comes out to your house to work on it. It's my own fault for waiting to try to get it started until the last minute and I hope I remember this so it doesn't happen again.