poetry and prose about place

snow duties

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Our first big snow arrived Saturday night. Twenty centimeters of fluff. Time to begin snow removal duties.



This year my husband has about 30 clients for snow removal and he has been getting ready for a couple of weeks — staking driveways, buying diesel, replacing lights in the tractor array, removing stressed bolts and moving things around the yard to make moving the snow as simple as possible.



My duties are simple and few. I set the alarm for 3 AM, print off the client list from the computer and run the checklist — water, raisins, earplugs, client list, flashlight, cell phone, “go bag”. The “go-bag” has about sixty pounds of chain, a roll of tow strapping, assorted connection devices and anything you would ever want to pull yourself from a ditch.



I also supply diesel when needed and lunch. No set times for anything. Just a hearty meal, packed to eat on the road, when my husband gets hungry.


lunch packed into a cooler (or in this case, a heater) … lots of protein and calories …


Otherwise, I answer the phone, work away at various editing projects and worry. Things can go wrong out there in snow-land and they often do. A stray two-by-four goes through the blower. The tractor slips off the side of a driveway into a deep ditch. The plow for the main roads is late. There are three cars in the driveway and no one at home to move them!



My husband is the only one I know who talks about snow and winter longingly in the middle of summer. Everyone should love their work as much as he does!


Enjoy your snow-day where-ever you are.



Copyright Jane Tims 2017 

Written by jane tims

December 11, 2017 at 7:00 am

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  1. Oooh yeah..

    It’s pretty and nice..
    but it’s hard to get around..

    Thank goodness 😅 for you and hubby profession

    Liked by 1 person


    December 11, 2017 at 7:20 am

    • So many of us depend on the people quietly working in the background. Thanks for your appreciation!!!!

      Liked by 1 person

      jane tims

      December 12, 2017 at 2:20 pm

      • And so many doesn’t realize the cycle of life..
        everyone adds to the cycle..
        without each link we could not operate fully…

        And thank you for your role that you play..

        This year god is blessing you in abundance for your dedication..



        December 13, 2017 at 9:39 am

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