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Sweeping snow

Sweeping snow

We left our snow shovel in Virginia, so Anna tackled our Level 3 Snow Emergency with a broom.

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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We use the broom a lot for sweeping our sidewalks and it works great but you will definitely want to get another shovel because your area usually gets hit pretty hard at times with snow. Hope your staying warm.
Comment by bleueaugust Sun Jan 14 07:37:47 2018

You probably asked yourselves "Why did we leave the snow shovel...?" :)

If that is a level 3, I wonder what Ohio calls a level ten?

Comment by Eric Sun Jan 14 09:16:04 2018

Jen --- I guess I'll back down from my original plan, which was to buy a snow shovel in March when they're on sale. :-)

Eric --- It all made sense to me --- pack the bathing suit, leave the snow shovel, move north...

More seriously, I think Ohio only goes up to level three snow emergencies. These are new to me --- I don't feel like we had them in Virginia even with similar levels of snowfall!

Comment by anna Sun Jan 14 18:40:13 2018

Geographically you didn't move that far "north" lol!

I do find it amusing that if ANY snow is on the roads in the SW VA you came from, the local school system shuts down or goes on delay... growing up in Minnesota on the 45th parallel, we had to have at least 6 to 8 inches for them to consider closing OR poor visibility! Our bus drivers in the tiny rural district (since dissolved and combined in to others) were all farmers doing it part time. Snow? Put on the tire chains! Our route was about 75% unpaved, and those township roads got plowed last. Often the bus or the tank truck picking up the milk from the farms "broke the trail" before the plows came. If they called off school every time we got a little snow, I would have been 35 years old before I graduated!

Comment by Eric Tue Jan 16 18:59:50 2018

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