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Old Feb 5th 2014, 9:37 am
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You kids stay safe out there!
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Old Feb 5th 2014, 11:11 am
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Well it`s just taken me nearly 40 minutes to clear a path down my driveway to the sidewalk. The snow had drifted to mid thigh in places, top couple of feet were powder but then a layer of ice and then the next 18" qnd more was heavy wet snow. It was one of those 3 stage cut affairs, sigh.

I got to the sidewalk (just) only to discover that my neighbour had kindly cleared his double driveway and sidewalk, my elderly neighbours double driveway and sidewalk - and left mine. I could have cried. Over 2' deep of snow and ice and 60' of it to clear.. there is no way I can do it tonight, I can barely move.

My son is away until Thursday night; the kids that normally come round and ask to be paid to clear the sidewalk are nowhere in sight and City by-laws state it must be cleared within 24 hours of the snow storm stopping.



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Old Feb 5th 2014, 11:24 am
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Originally Posted by Siouxie
Well it`s just taken me nearly 40 minutes to clear a path down my driveway to the sidewalk. The snow had drifted to mid thigh in places, top couple of feet were powder but then a layer of ice and then the next 18" qnd more was heavy wet snow. It was one of those 3 stage cut affairs, sigh.

I got to the sidewalk (just) only to discover that my neighbour had kindly cleared his double driveway and sidewalk, my elderly neighbours double driveway and sidewalk - and left mine. I could have cried. Over 2' deep of snow and ice and 60' of it to clear.. there is no way I can do it tonight, I can barely move.

My son is away until Thursday night; the kids that normally come round and ask to be paid to clear the sidewalk are nowhere in sight and City by-laws state it must be cleared within 24 hours of the snow storm stopping.


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That sucks, go round to the neighbours tomorrow and ask for help.
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Old Feb 5th 2014, 11:38 am
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That sucks, go round to the neighbours tomorrow and ask for help.
He's a Brit too!

@ bats - Did you know you can claim tax relief for the gluten free foods you need?
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He's a Brit too!

@ bats - Did you know you can claim tax relief for the gluten free foods you need?

i only buy a loaf of bread a week so it isn't worth it for me. Thanks for thinking of me though.
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Originally Posted by Siouxie
Well it`s just taken me nearly 40 minutes to clear a path down my driveway to the sidewalk.
Very impressive. I rarely make 30 minutes in one go before my fingers get too cold. I often wonder if pricking fingers (blood/sugar test) a few times a day makes them more susceptible to the cold. But it gives me an excuse too get back in.

That much snow in one go, though, I either go out and do it a few inches at a time - even if still snowing and even if some blows back - or just give up, wait and phone the guy who plows it up the drive. It's affordable that way and heart attack free.
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Originally Posted by Siouxie
Well it`s just taken me nearly 40 minutes to clear a path down my driveway to the sidewalk. The snow had drifted to mid thigh in places, top couple of feet were powder but then a layer of ice and then the next 18" qnd more was heavy wet snow. It was one of those 3 stage cut affairs, sigh.

I got to the sidewalk (just) only to discover that my neighbour had kindly cleared his double driveway and sidewalk, my elderly neighbours double driveway and sidewalk - and left mine. I could have cried. Over 2' deep of snow and ice and 60' of it to clear.. there is no way I can do it tonight, I can barely move.

My son is away until Thursday night; the kids that normally come round and ask to be paid to clear the sidewalk are nowhere in sight and City by-laws state it must be cleared within 24 hours of the snow storm stopping.



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It has been a bitch of a winter in the GTA so far, hasn't it.

Still, it's my second last here so I'll suck it up while contemplating my return to civilization in 2015.
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Originally Posted by Siouxie
Well it`s just taken me nearly 40 minutes to clear a path down my driveway to the sidewalk. The snow had drifted to mid thigh in places, top couple of feet were powder but then a layer of ice and then the next 18" qnd more was heavy wet snow. It was one of those 3 stage cut affairs, sigh.

I got to the sidewalk (just) only to discover that my neighbour had kindly cleared his double driveway and sidewalk, my elderly neighbours double driveway and sidewalk - and left mine. I could have cried. Over 2' deep of snow and ice and 60' of it to clear.. there is no way I can do it tonight, I can barely move.

My son is away until Thursday night; the kids that normally come round and ask to be paid to clear the sidewalk are nowhere in sight and City by-laws state it must be cleared within 24 hours of the snow storm stopping.



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Count yourself lucky. The snow banks either side of my driveway are now too high for me to sling any more snow over them. I have to move it shovel by shovel to a different part of the yard. It took me three hours on Sunday.
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Old Feb 5th 2014, 11:16 pm
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Count yourself lucky. The snow banks either side of my driveway are now too high for me to sling any more snow over them. I have to move it shovel by shovel to a different part of the yard. It took me three hours on Sunday.
If I had to clear my driveway I would have been out there for double that.

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Seems to be heading our way tonight and tomorrow morning - the kids have already decided to call a snow day for tomorrow
Good call. The Mrs is a happy bunny this morning.

Guess we've had a good 25cm judging by the snow on the BBQ. Nice light fluffy stuff though. Going to be a bitch when the wind gets up and it starts blowing around.
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The 10:30 announcement for the schools just changed to "closed for the remainder of the day"

Kind of hard for me to justify a snow day when its not snowing and the sun is splitting the pavements
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So pleased I left Toronto last week for Florida.

It will be in the 80s again today.
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Originally Posted by Siouxie
My son is away until Thursday night; the kids that normally come round and ask to be paid to clear the sidewalk are nowhere in sight and City by-laws state it must be cleared within 24 hours of the snow storm stopping.
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Have you checked kijiji or similar site to see if any young capitalists are advertising snow shovelling in your area? When I was in scouts we shovelled driveways to make money to buy our beat up VW micro-bus to go camping in. Of all the various fundraisers we did to get that van, the shovelling was the worst, hands down.
-25 and blowing snow in Regina but I stopped caring long ago. Also, I question the validity of groundhog science since the results tend to vary widely.

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Old Feb 6th 2014, 1:22 am
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Have you checked kijiji or similar site to see if any young capitalists are advertising snow shovelling in your area?
I'd expect there are many. What's the going rate?
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Old Feb 6th 2014, 1:33 am
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Found this chart of average snowfall in Toronto in the past 25 years - http://toronto.weatherstats.ca/charts/snow-25years.html. INteresting to see how much more we have this year as compared to other years... though I think this is for calendar years as opposed to winter seasons (so grouping January 2013 snowfall with December 2013 snowfall).
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