In for the Winter

Every winter that comes I have the same issue; when will it be that I get the garage situated so that the car doesn’t get snowed on?  This year the answer was December 1.  Like in many other years, with climate change occurring, the leaves seem to be coming off certain trees later and later in the season, so the ability to get them raked and off to the curb to be collected becomes both a challenge and a waiting game.  Wait too long, and we’re stuck with them for the winter and then finding a place to put them come the following spring.

Last year, the neighbor’s oak tree as well as one of the trees in the front yard waited until nearly December to both change and drop their leaves and with the prevailing winds, the leaves ended up piled not only next to the easterly side of my house, they also were piled in my driveway, impeding snow removal.  This year, pretty much the same thing happened, so I was forced to wait and hope that there was going to be time for one more lawn mowing to mulch up the majority and get the lawns around the house better prepared for the winter slumber.  Long story short, it didn’t happen.

Consequently, I had both the lawnmower and the roto-tiller parked in the garage at odd angles blocking my parking of the car.  Too, there are items in the garage that haven’t been moved since the day we moved into the house nearly 20 years ago.  In years past, since it’s only a 1-car garage, I’ve piled items in the corners, as well as on top of old furniture and whatever other debris just happened to be in the building, for the sake of getting the car in for the winter.  With the new Murano, it’s just a teensy bit longer than the Ford Edge was.  So getting it into the garage proved to be a little more of a chore.  Add in the fact it has multiple cameras, sensors, and sonar so it warns you (incessantly) if you get too close to one thing or another.

This past summer I was a little more interested in getting things situated, but of course, something occurred to keep me from getting it accomplished.  Knee pain!  Turned out to be arthritis, advanced according to the multiple doctors I saw, and I was on the shelf for a while and that impeded my progress.  Consequently, come late November, I had to contend with shoveling off the car of snow at least once before I got it back into its little house.

Where it is now and will stay for the next several months.  Then comes Spring.  Wash, rinse, repeat.  My plan for 2020 is to hoe out the garage completely and only put back what needs to be there.  Wish me luck, right?

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