Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Subtle Hint

Monday night was the night before school resumed after the winter break.  At bedtime, we discovered that the weather was doing this:

So I left this helpful hint by the front door, hoping that at least the front walk would be shoveled before I got up. 

When I got up in the morning I saw this:

My hint was not taken.  Admittedly there was little snow accumulation overnight.  It piled up a bit more during the day.  In the afternoon, Oldest Daughter went and shoveled the neighbor’s entire driveway, refusing my payment for her kindness.  The Son shoveled our driveway, but demanded payment. 

Which leads me to the crucial question.  What is your method of snow removal?

a) shovel it yourself
b) get your spouse to shovel
c) get your kids to shovel for free
d) pay your kids to shovel
e) pay a professional
f) hope the snow fairy shows up at your house
g) we don’t get no snow!  


Angie said...

Well, now it's g but it used to be a and sometimes c. Occasionally b.

joanie said...

I used to do it myself . . . at least 20 years of experience as a single woman. After Bob and I moved into this plan, all of the neighbors pitch in to pay a professional. But when it absolutely, positively, must get done, my man is the one with the shovel and the arms to do it. I am just way too out of shape!

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

C then A. Actually, no one here minds shoveling too much, which is nice.

Cassi Renee said...

Through last year, Emma would be happy to go out and shovel the walk from the house to the garage. We haven't had snow yet, so I have tested this out for this year.

However, we have an incredibly long gravel driveway, so we pay ~$50 (per time) to have it plowed. We only get it plowed if we have more than 4 inches of snow, because it will pack down, and gravel doesn't get slippery from ice. In an average winter, we can usually get away with 3 or 4 plowings.

Donna Lee SIple said...

I'm glad I'm not alone!! This was a good little afternoon laugh for me.

michiganme said...

My husband does some morning shoveling when it snows overnight - I shovel if the snow falls during the day. My kids only shovel if they want to get their car out of the driveway and no one else has done it. We pretty much go by the rule that if the snow is too deep for 'you' to back out, then 'you' have to shovel!

Common Household Mom said...

MIchiganme, needing to get one's car out looks like an excellent incentive! So getting my son his own car might be one way out of having to pay him to shovel the driveway.