Snow Plows and A Snow Shovel For This Baby Boomer

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It's a winter wonderland around here and I'm proud to announce that my senior citizen mom and I have survived our first real live snow storm. Granted, it wasn't the worst blizzard ever to cross North America. For two women who have always lived near one coast or the other, though, it was a pretty big deal. Up til now, a light dusting of snow was enough to make us get all excited at the "real snow." The fact that it all melted away within an hour was beside the point. But this – this was two days and nights of snow falling and about four inches of snow on our lawns. Enough for my granddaughter and myself to have a fun little snow fight. Enough for my senior mom and myself to take a delightful Sunday walk in the street, since the sidewalks are still thick with snow. It's been downright exhilerating! And in the midst of all this fun, I discovered a new group of "knights in shining armor" – those who drive snowplows. While we were busy snoozing on Friday, they were out bright and early making the roads safe for me, and others 🙂 , when I had to head out to a doctor appointment. I was so grateful to all the terrific snow plow drivers and now pushers for the wonderful jobs they did. Even the street in front of my house was plowed which was much more than I expected!

I was so impressed, I did a bit of research on line and discovered a great site full of winter safety tips for driving in the snow during a snowstorm, written by snow plow drivers. If they're recommending these, they must be really good. I was happy to see I already follow several of their rules. I also learned some new tips, including "NEVER pass snowplows!  These vehicles cannot stop or maneuver as well as a compact car can! Do NOT try to pass the snow plow or truck – that could easily cause an accident."

I have to admit, I also got a great chuckle at this video I discovered of a newswoman who had a "close encounter of the snow kind" with a snow plow in the middle of a winter storm! I must also say how impressed I was with her great attitude in the situation.  (By the way, did all you in the baby boomer generation catch that fun reference to Close Encounters of the Third Kind? 🙂 ).

I am also now the proud possessor of a light-weight, easy to use snow shovel. It turns out it's pretty easy to do some shoveling to make a path for us to walk and for me to safely back down the driveway. It's also great exercise, burning about 250-300 calories per hour! For a member of the baby boomer generation, that makes me feel pretty terrific! Of course, it'snot so easy for my aging mom.  So if you're looking for ways to help your elderly parent, how about popping on over and surprising them with a walkway and driveway all de-snowed by you and your trusty snow shovel? A great gift to them AND to you! How's that for a win-win situation. 🙂

How about y'all? Do you have snow in your neck of the woods? How are you doing with it all? Who's your favorite hero in all this? We'd love to hear!

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    • Ron
    • January 11, 2010

    Mmm, the snow– No snow here in Southern California, but I did like the video you posted, I laughed for a few minutes!
    Snow can be so beautiful and rewarding in so many ways, but it can also be a hazard to seniors who have a hard time keeping their balance. This is often a big problem during the icy months, so be aware when you go outside to be extremely careful, and help those who need it!
    Railing should be sturdy, and steps should have salt placed on them to reduce the ice. Be careful! Take advantage of grocery delivery services, or Home Care Help services. To find services in your area, visit:

  1. Excellent tips Ron! Thank you so much for them. 🙂 And I must say, I do miss those winter temps of 70 degrees or so from California!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂 Tho the snow is fun too! 🙂

  2. Hi Mary, Thank you 🙂 Excellent point about canceling non-essential appointments. You are so right! 🙂

    • Mary
    • January 12, 2010

    Great video Kaye and great attitude on the snow. I’ve canceled three appointments that were non-essential for my parents the past week due to the ice and the frigid temps. I can get rid of snow and ice pretty well in our driveway, but some trips aren’t worth the risk of a fall in a parking lot that keeps icing up due to the snow and ice.

    I’ve bookmarked Ron’s link.

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