I have been spending hours outside the past few days shoveling snow. There's the driveway to clear, my parking space, and a large rectangular area I leave for the snow plow to deposit the snow. The deck and benches have also needed scraping. It feels invigorating to be outside. I enjoy chatting with my neighbors about winter tires, chains, four wheel and front wheel drive vehicles, and other mountain life subjects.
Today I made a pot of cream of broccoli soup.for It came out rich, cheesy, and silky. I used the broccoli heads that I had saved up from our local co-op. Cruciferous vegetables last a long time in the fridge. Tomorrow we will be picking up our baskets early, since a snow storm is headed our way Thursday night. I defrosted a bison steak and have plenty of fresh vegetables and fruit available for meals.
Yesterday I took off the chain on my passenger's side, unhooked a link that had gotten caught and twisted, and put it all back on the wheel. It took me several attempts to get everything lined up properly. You have to undo all of the connections if you start over, otherwise the fit is too tight. I pulled the car forward a few feet, and then tightened up both sides. It's so important to have the chains snug and secure on the tires. I went for a short trip to town, and the car drove like a dream on the ice. Chains supply such a good grip. It's empowering to know that you won't slip and slide.
The other day I observed several cars on our street struggle and get stuck in the snow. They were spinning their wheels, and unable to travel uphill, even with all wheel drive. I like to wait until the plow has done its work before driving. That flat surface makes such a difference. I'm fortunate that I can also walk to town if I need to, although I only do that when the weather is clear.
How is the forecast where you are?