#SOL21: Tools

I stare out the window.

Decisions, decisions, decisions.

Shoes or boots?

Quick and easy OR appropriate for the task and the environment?

It’s so hazy, maybe just another half cup of coffee.

How many layers do I need to don?

Is this going to be a quick 5-10 minutes or a thoroughly completed task?

Which tool for this day?

A broom?

A shovel?

Ice Melt?

A combination?

It’s so hard to make a decision.

Is it fluffy, sparkly snow? Is it hard, crunchy, pellety snow? Is it a combination?

The shovel was used the day before to clear a walkway plus in case the wind caused the snow to drift back in. On this morning the broom was the best tool for the new inch of accumulation. What tool will be needed next time?

Tools: Consider the ones needed FOR the task as well as the ones needed FOR prep for the task. (Footwear, winter clothing, food, drink)

What tools do you need for preparation for your work today? What tools do you need to actually complete your tasks? Are your tools limiting your responses?


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4 responses

  1. Is that front of your house ? It must be hard work to remove it. Here in coastal South India we do not have any winter but our monsoon season starts from June to October November. But water seeps into the earth and is not a problem. But in many other places there is water logging and people have a miserable time. Regards

    1. Most winters we only get 2-3 inches at a time which is easy to move. This winter we have had three different snow dumps of 8 inches, 10 inches, and 12 inches . . . plus the 2-3 inches. (Total is usually 42-45 inches.)

  2. With the 18″ we got boots and a shovel were the tools of the day. Still need to go out and clean off the cars.

    1. Ah, another tool . . . Once you can get to the car if it is outside!

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