Since our decision to come here from the sunny warmth of LA, snow has been a constant part of lives. We spent autumn preparing for it and, as I suspect, we will spend spring recovering from it. But no where can I find a handy manual for living with it. There's no "Snow Country for Dummies" manual. No "Roesetta Stone - Snow Language Level 1"
Heck, I would settle for a pamphlet... you know "How to Prepare for Winter in 10 Easy Steps."
A lot of what we have done has been a combination of common sense, trial and error, and simply laying prostrate before a Home Depot rep begging for what ever scraps of knowledge they're willing to toss our way. This latter option however, doesn't help if you don't even know what questions to ask.
- Did you know there are different stages of snow throwers and which stage you get depends upon the surface you are working and whether you are throwing wet snow or dry snow?
- Did you know there was even a difference between wet snow and dry snow?
- Did you know that you need to remove the pretty icicles that form on the eves of your house so they don't tear down your rain gutters?
- Did you know that when you throw snow, you need two coats: one to wear while throwing and one to change into after because the first one is now covered in snow?
We now plan our routes to account for which roads are salted/plowed. We even know which townships (what cities are called here) to go around because of the limited resources they have for salting/plowing.
We found out that there is special wiper fluid that doesn't freeze.
We found out that if you want traditional fireplace logs, you have to order it by the cord (or half cord) for delivery. It seems only the 7-11 carries actual firewood. Everyone else (Kroger, Meijer, Wal-Mart) carries the typical duraflame logs and something we never heard of, but now use: recycled wood fireplace logs, which is a greener way to go.
But that is precisely my point.