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My neighbor was outside when I came around the house to see if I could find my dryer vent or not, and she seemed pretty amused at the idea of me going out there with snowshoes to try to unearth it. She said, "Come around here by my garage, that's the lowest point," and I kid you not, there was a five-foot drift next to me. On average I think I was walking on about four feet of snow, and each step I took sunk about a foot.

Without the snowshoes, forget it. Wouldn't have been able to make it even a couple of feet in. So they do work. (You can also see from my neighbor's fence that we're at the bottom of the hill, but that the snow filled it in straight across.)

Here, I found my vent and uncovered it, yay! And then I fell over. Boo. I floundered for quite a while--seriously, you don't realize how hard it is to stand up from a limbo-like position until every time you try to push yourself up, all that happens is your hand sinks. Then I decided to use my head. (Not literally...that would probably have been plan C, since my head has more surface area than my hand.) I put the snowshovel across the snow and pressed my hands into the flat of the scoop to lever myself into a standing position. Phew!

No, I don't plan on opening that back door anytime soon.

Now I can wash and dry my blanket. Yay!

(It looks like I fell spreadeagle, ha ha! That's just the way I used the shovel to push back onto my feet.)



Feb. 5th, 2011 04:18 pm (UTC)
I feel like the photos don't make it look as deep as it is, either. We need someone standing there in snow up to their chest for scale. Even my porch and back door being buried is actually deeper than it looks because there's a deck there, too. So the door's pretty high off the ground to begin with, and then buried to the doorknob.

Sorry about your garage :(

I'm happy to have my vent cleared. I don't do much laundry but when you need underwear, you need underwear.
Feb. 5th, 2011 04:34 pm (UTC)
It's hard to show the depth of the snow. Ali sent me a matching hat and scarf from her Australian Rules Football team. Blue and black. She always joked that I need to wear the hat in the snow so people could find me - it's kinda a reality now. I can no longer see my mailbox unless I am standing in front of it. The snow piles are so high I can't see traffic when I want to pull out of my driveway. I hate it.
Feb. 5th, 2011 04:37 pm (UTC)
Maybe I will go up to the park and snowshoe a bit for fun. Although we're supposed to get an "arctic blast" of air next week--so maybe I won't!

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