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Snow Day!!!!

Friday, February 26th, 2010

The planets must have aligned last night because we actually got a snow day today! It has been years since the last time we had a day off for bad weather; we were way overdue.

Harley is in a bit of a unique situation because we have kids coming from so many different districts. I found out yesterday that the general rules is if 2 of our neighboring districts (Brighton, Penfield, City of Rochester) close, we also close because the kids ride buses from those districts to us. This morning every school in the area closed, so we did too!

Unfortunately, Claire is pretty sick right now which is killing the snow day buzz. She has a nasty head cold. I feel so bad because she sounds terrible coughing and gagging on snot, but there really isn't much we can do about it. We have a little snot-sucker thing that we use on her nose, but it doesn't seem to do much, and she really hates it.

The first time I used the snow blower on the driveway I had some technical difficulties. It seems the previous owner of my snow blower broke the right side of the auger and fixed it by putting a bolt through the drive shaft to lock it and the auger together. The snow was so heavy today that it actually snapped the bolt disconnecting the drive shaft from the auger causing the auger to stop spinning and the snow blower to stop blowing snow. At that point I had a coronary because I thought I was going to have to shovel 2 feet of heavy snow by hand! I took a deep breath, channeled my inner MacGyver and did a temporary fix. I had to use a punch to get the broken bolt out of the shaft, and I bent an S-hook from a bungee cord so it would go through the shaft and bent the end so it would stay there. It was a dirty hack, but it did work. Once I get a chance I need to fix this for real with another stronger bolt, but for now it seems to be holding.

Snowday!

Snow blower

I feel bad for my neighbor, he doesn't own a snow blower (I still can't figure out why not) and by 5:30pm the mountain of snow at the end of his driveway probably weighed a TON. He's got two teenagers though, so they should be out there breaking their asses with him, but I didn't see them. I would have helped him, but with my blower in its delicate state, I'm not risking it on his driveway.

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