Tough Winter 2018

We enjoy winter and summer on Jewett Lake. Most of the time we don’t get enough snow. Last year we got so little snow that I could only get out snowmobiling a couple of times. It seems I never win. This year I couldn’t get out because there was too much snow.

One of my snowmobiles is completely covered by a winter storm.

So I had trouble getting this one started as I often do. Then it got cold. Then we got snow. Lots of it. Even if I had started this one, I would have gotten stuck and at my age it is no fun trying to unstuck a snowmobile. My other one, the lighter one, the 340, did get stuck and I had to use all kinds of ingenuity to get it out of the backyard to the front of our house. Come-along. Chains. 4-wheel drive pickup. Lots of work. Then I took it out for a quick ride without “snowmobile clothes” and I went thru a ditch and sunk at least four feet. And not only was the snowmobile stuck, I was stuck, and I couldn’t walk, and I had to roll and swim and worm my way out. Cold experience felt like a bad dream. So anyway, even with all the snow, I didn’t have a good snowmobiling winter.

The drifts were high everywhere. The entrance to 310th street from Highway 27 was drifted across several times. Got stuck once – even with the 4-wheel pickup.

So much snow on my deck. Finally warmed up enough in early March to get out there and shovel it off. I wonder why I have a sore back. So much shoveling this winter. I hardly used my snow blower more than once a year on the previous years, so when my starter went out at the end of last year, I thought, “I’ll wait – probably won’t snow anyway” Oh yeah. Right! Used that baby at least ten times this year. And I had to pull start it every time and dump gas into the spark plug hole to get it going. Next year. Get that blower ready! So much shoveling! Ouch my back still hurts.

And then I had this bright idea to put the dock stairs down onto the ice, so I built a little step for it to rest on. A week after I put it in last December, we had a little thaw and the steps sunk into the water. There was so much snow on the lake that we didn’t even go down and play. Didn’t use the stairs once. A lot of sore back for nothing.

I did manage to sell a couple of listings though over the winter. Not the easiest time of year to show houses. But not many available either. And lots of lookers.

If you do read this stream of consciousness blog about winter, write a comment. I’m curious if anyone really reads this far.

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