I Really Hate Snow

Ah, winter in Michigan. A winter wonderland of snow and ice reminiscent of Arendelle after Elsa’s “incident”. My snowboarding brother-in-law loves it. My kids, building their snowmen or (shudder) enjoying their snow days, love it. Me? I hate it. A big part of it is the cold that comes with it, the slippery roads, and the worst part. Cleaning my driveway.

I wouldn’t mind if I could do it once and be done but like I said, I live in Michigan. It seems like it snows every day. It is not uncommon that on some of our rougher snowstorms, I will have to clear the driveway two or three times just to keep up with it. I know what your thinking, wait for the storm to be done and do it once. Rookie mistake. With that much snow, you will never get it all off the driveway. You will get half way through and either quit or have a heart attack. Either way, no car is getting through.

Then when the plows finally do get to us they pile up another couple of feet of snow back into my driveway. Of course, now the snow is packed together and heavier. I have to admit on more than one occasion I have revved my car’s engine and turned that snow pile at the end of the driveway as a ramp just to avoid having to shovel it.

I need to get a snowblower. A real snowblower. I have one of those old little cheap. It is worthless. Not worthless it does take off the top inch of snow. It leaves the other 8 for me to shovel, but that top inch is gone.


Next year I am definitely getting a snow blower. I don’t think I can survive another winter shoveling that much snow. My wife is in agreement we are getting a snow blower. Of course, when I am out shoveling, I do get some quiet. She has the kids in the house alone while I can get a little time away. On second thought, I think I know why she wants me back in the house sooner.

Disclosure: I received compensation from FindYourInfluence and Toro in exchange for my honest discussion of their products. But all opinions in this post are 100% my own. I really do hate the snow.




Bryan Alkire

Bryan is a Stay at Home Dad from Kalamazoo MI. Every day he is lucky enough to experience the joys and struggles of raising his two young girls. His older daughter, a brain tumor survivor, has just started school. His younger daughter is a ball of energy that always keeps him on his toes. He chronicles his adventures with his girls and beautiful wife on his blog www.kzoodad.com. When not watching the girls he plays golf (badly), enjoys craft beer, and working on that book he keeps promising to get done.

3 thoughts on “I Really Hate Snow

  • February 18, 2015 at 11:47 pm

    Toro’s a great brand, but just be aware- the ones you can get from the Big Box stores, like Lowes and Home Depot, are not the same as the machines sold through small, independent dealers.

    Basically, if you buy at the BB stores, you’re getting an MTD with a Toro label slapped on it. The independent dealers still get the better-quality actual Toro products.

    My ex was a dealer, and the Big Box stores kept us in business with repairs on their cheap machines. :-/

  • February 19, 2015 at 11:21 am

    that was really funny! I hate snow too! Glad I live in the land of February flip flops.

  • February 19, 2015 at 2:25 pm

    You think you have it bad, in the UK we get so much snow that the kids have endless snow days… Oh… no… wait… we get an inch or two and the world stops! I’d love a little snow like you guys get just so that the UK population would remember that a little snow isn’t an issue.

    Oh and yeah get a better shovel!


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