To snow fence or not to snow fence, that is the question. Just in case you haven’t noticed, we have had a lot of snow and cold in the Midwest! That darn global warming is a pain isn’t it? (lol!) Every day when I look out the window and see the snow, or look at the thermometer and see that we are yet again between -10 and -20 degrees, I laugh at Al Gore and all the global warming proponents. Now, that being said, I am willing to admit that I believe our property has its own weather. There have been times when everyone else is getting around fine and I cannot get out of the driveway until “Doc” gets done plowing.
But anyway, because of the way our driveway winds through the property, we get huge snow drifts. The wide open spaces across the farm fields and the fact that one side of the property sits higher than the other are recipes for disaster!
As always, being human we think we can outsmart Mother Nature. After a particularly bad winter a few years ago, I had the boys purchase some snow fencing. My plan was to line the worst parts of the driveway with fencing and keep the drifting from being obstructive. Of course, the boys grumbled all the way to the store and unceasingly as I had them place the fencing before Thanksgiving. The usual litany of complaints came from them. “This is ridiculous. It is too warm to snow. This will never work. There goes mom again with one of her brilliant ideas. This is a waste of time. Am I going to get paid for this? Will you buy me lunch?” Of course, this was all accompanied by unceasing eyeball rolling.
I got my fences up, and I am sure you guessed it. Maybe five inches of snow all winter! Okay, maybe it was a little more than that but certainly never more than an inch or two at a time. We never did put up the fences again. Looking back after this winter, maybe we should of. Even if they weren’t in place to stop the drifting, they certainly scared off the snow in general.
Enjoy another snowy day! Not many schools were closed, moms and dads! Stay safe and warm. Have a great Monday and a blessed week!
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