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Thursday, February 08, 2007

I Need a Shield!!!!! Who Knew???

Okay, the other day I said let it snow. Well, it can stop anytime now.

So you all know about my lovely "snowblowing" incident, right? The one where I had no idea the stupid thing had more than one speed. And I ended up looking like a crazy woman as it pulled me (more like yanked me) around the driveway in zigzag patterns. But, hey, I did it. I was the only woman out there, but I did it, and in an artistic way to boot.

So it's still snowing and my husband was out of town again.

Uh oh, you say? Well, you'd be right.

So I got all dressed up nice and warm again, literally the only part of me showing was my eyes. Only it was so cold out, my fingers froze in my gloves, so I took my fingers out of the holes and made fists in my gloves. Ever try to squeeze a trigger without fingers? It wasn't pretty, folks.

I got creative and managed to use my whole arms to hold and squeeze the lever to start the blades churning and the other lever to make the sucker go. (At a slower speed, mind you!!) I looked like the hunchback of notre dame, but I got the job done.

So I finally get done blowing the driveway, and one of my neighbors (of course it's a man) stops to chat about how that wind blows right through you and it's blowing the loose snow all over to where we can barely see. He keeps twitching his cheek while he talks, and I can't help it, my own cheek starts to twitch as I watch in fascination. I hardly hear half of what he says, but it's something like:

HIM- "You know, if you turn the spout the other way or go the other direction, the snow won't blow directly in your face."

ME- "Uh huh, oh really?" still watching his cheek twitch.

HIM- "They even make a shield that keeps all the snow out of your face."

ME-I'm thinking this guy really hates the snow blowing in his face, although, I look at his snowblower and quess what....he doesn't have a shield. I say, "I'll be sure to tell Brian about the sheild."

HIM- He walks away shaking his head, mumbling "He's not the one who needs it."

So why doesn't neighbor guy have a shield and why doesn't my hubby need one, but I do?

Well, I'll tell you why. I walked inside to thaw out and my kids start laughing hysterically. So I go check out my reflection in the mirror. Oh, yeah, that's why his cheek was twitching so badly. I look like a flipping raccoon!!! There's a lesson here, ladies.

Never, I repeat, never wear non-waterproof mascara while snowblowing the driveway!!!!

So THAT'S why I need a shield. Who knew??


Barbie Jo said...

This could only happen to you! Too funny girlfriend! But seriously.... crank the spouty-thingie in the other direction. that's what I do (when I'm not churning up rocks with the blades of the snowblower!). It helps with the wind, but not all the time. But I have a question...

WHY did you even put makeup on before going out to snowblow?????
It's different if you're mowing the lawn. :P

Kari Lee Townsend said...

I already had the makeup on, didn't think to take it off. I ran the blower in the evening after the snow died down. Ugh!! Stupid thing.

Also, I lost the front part of the black spout thing, have no idea where it went, so now the snow just gurgles out all over the driveway like slushy diarhea!!!

Patricia Hock said...

I love it Kari! Thats right. A real woman does a man's job...looking hot! I salute you!

March to the Sea said...

haha..great post.

You can keep the snow by the way. My kids miss it..but so far we have had less than 2 inches all season...

TTQ said...

well you have more get and go than I do. I've never mowed a lawn or cleared a driveway. This was all on advice of others who don't even like when I pull the sweing machine I'm gonna stitch my fingers to gether or something..even I know those things must have saftey stops right?

Gwyneth Bolton said...

I'm laughing with you, girlfriend! Laughing with you.... :-)


Swishy said...

I say it's time to start training those boys!! LOL.

Beth said...

LOL!!! We need to see some video of this Kari....come know you want to!

The Dummy said...

lol, and no pictures so we can laugh at the moment *with* you? :)

How'd you do with the workouts this week? See you at the roll call.

Kari Lee Townsend said...

All I can say is, I've had enough of snowblowing!!!!!!

Can't wait to leave on Wednesday for Florida. We'll be gone for a week and a half until the 25th.

Didn't work out at all last week, but I did lose another pound, making it 17 so far!!!! Hey, I'll take it.

OzWriter said...

Snow eh? What's that? We had some thunderstorms last night/evening, and it has been around 85f. Don't know what this snow stuff is that you talk about... *running & ducking & weaving*

Kari Lee Townsend said...

Yeah,you better run, Ozzy. You basking in the sun Aussie;))

Send some of your warmth my way. Though I will be in Florida on Thursday. It won't be as warm as where you are, but it will still be a welcome change from the snow.

Drew Blackstone said...

So, what you're saying is that clearing your driveway really blows.

Manic Mom said...

It didn't snow in Cabo.

Hey, that might be the beginning line to a poem I should write.

How many pounds down are you, and how many days till your trip?

I am back-to-fat after this week of vaca, but it was soooo worth it!

Tell me about Christine's meetings!!!!

Kari Lee Townsend said...

Meetings went great. Have new editors to send the first two books to, and a lot are interested in the series, so guess I'll get busy with that sucker.

We leave for Florida on Wednesday at 5am. I can't wait. We're supposed to get a huge snowstorm on Wed so I hope we miss it on our way out.

And I'm down 18 pounds since January 1st!! Wahoo!!! Hope I don't gain it all back over vacation!