Friday, January 21, 2011

The GD Primer

Here's the children playing in the snow yesterday. The leprechaun isn't real. He just fills the awkward space in the picture and makes everything look a little more jolly. Yes?

Justin has been a traveling fool lately and was due in last night. I had to clear the driveway.

I am Woman of The House. I can do anything.

I dug the gigantic, John Deere snow blower out of the garage and looked at it. It dawned on me that I don't know how to work this thing. I'll admit that I've never mowed the grass thus have never started a mower. I don't know, but I'm guessing that would be easier than starting this piece of machinery. Am I qualified to run this? Do I need some sort of CDL?

A few emails from Justin and I was on my way. I connected the fuel line. I put gas in. I turned it the key on. I choked it. I pulled it and it started. And died. And started. We did this dance for a little while until I heard from inside that the kids were hungry and wanted breakfast.

A couple hours later I tried to get it started again but no luck. Manual shoveling it was.

Justin got home and was able to get his car into the driveway. He then was able to get the snow blower running and finished our sidewalks, the neighbors driveway, and some other areas.

The secret to starting it? Apparently, there's a little button called a Primer that Justin forgot to tell me about. You gotta push that.

Oh. I'm off to take more ibuprofen. My back hurts.

Have you dug yourselves out?

4 Responses to “The GD Primer”

  1. I always say that our roles are reversed (me and my husband). I do all the outdoor work, like mowing the lawn and snow blowing and he does the cooking and grocery shopping.

    I actually LOVE cutting the lawn. It reminds me a little of vacuuming (which, if I had carpet, I would also love). Making those nice lines in the lawn and just the time alone with your thoughts is what I really enjoy about it.

    Oh and on every gas driven engine (in the tool shed), there is a primer. Keep that in mind for the next time :D

  2. I shoveled the driveway and walkway to the door yesterday too. It actually felt really nice to do some manual labor. My back hurts a little bit today, but I was happy to get outside. I have never mowed the lawn either. I have seriously considered doing it, but I have no idea how to start the mower (or the snow blower for that matter, I tried that too before without success).
    I am glad that Justin is back home. Enjoy some family time and try to get some relaxing done this weekend.

  3. Anonymous9:38 AM

    i love not having a driveway.

    mike a.

  4. i also do not know how to start a snow blower. and i fear that it would eat my fingers.



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