As the Pizza Cooks – Episode 3

It’s 2023!  New Year’s Eve here was snowy.  Lots of snow.  Well, not Buffalo New York amount of snow, but for the desert, it was a lot of snow.  We’re talking between 9 to 12 inches, depending on who was shoveling the driveway.  I know, some of you are saying, “That’s nothing, we get three feet in a typical storm.” Well, here in the high desert, we normally get an inch or two, two or three times a year. Scraping two inches of snow from the driveway is kind of fun. Nine inches is work, a lot of work.

No, I don’t own a snow blower.  They’re expensive and in the three winters we’ve been here, I could have used one, twice.  Maybe three times, but Murphy’s Law states that at the three times I would have needed the snow blower, it would break or I’d be out of gas or something.  Happened to my neighbor today.  He’s got one of those fancy quad off road things with a snow plow attachment on the front.  He would have plowed my driveway, except – yup it was broken and every time I looked out my window he was either in the garage getting a tool or lying under the thing with a tool.  I thought about loaning him one of my shovels, but somehow that seemed insensitive.

I have to say that the snow is pretty to look at – from the inside of the house while standing in front of the fireplace.  Standing in it while wearing snow boots and holding a snow shovel, it doesn’t look as nice.  It’s cold, wet and heavy.  You have to remove quickly because tonight it’s predicted to drop to nine degrees and anything not removed will be ice tomorrow and just that extra level harder to remove or walk on or drive over.  Which would be fine as long as you don’t need to leave the house, but we’re down to three pizzas in the freezer and only have half a package of pepperoni left.

Driving in snow isn’t fun either.  I am prepared for driving in the snow.  I’ve got a fancy car with all wheel drive with snow tires, but it doesn’t travel well in nine inches of snow.  I did drive my grandson’s Honda Element out in it today (had to drive over to our daughter’s place).  It has all wheel drive, snow tires and a higher ground clearance than my Subaru, but there were moments that I wondered if this was a good idea.  The drive did convince me that my Subaru would have required a tow truck to get anywhere in that deep snow.

Tonight we’re having our pizza and hoping that the county might actually plow our street this week.  Likely just a false hope as so far I haven’t found a neighbor who recalls the county ever plowing our street.  So I’m just hoping that my neighbor gets his plow fixed before I run out of pepperoni.

Pepperoni moment: Next house I buy will have a smaller driveway. 

About Andrew Reynolds

Born in California Did the school thing studying electronics, computers, release engineering and literary criticism. I worked in the high tech world doing software release engineering and am now retired. Then I got prostate cancer. Now I am a blogger and work in my wood shop doing scroll saw work and marquetry.
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21 Responses to As the Pizza Cooks – Episode 3

  1. Smaller house is easier to keep up, too!

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  2. I just love snow. 🙂 (Sorry about that!) I guess that is why I moved up to the Great White North! LOL

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  3. cindy knoke says:

    Wishing you Happiness & Health in the New Year Andrew! 🎊🥂🍾

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  4. It’s a real pain when your driveway is 150 feet long like ours. That’s why we have a snowblower AND a lawn and garden tractor with a snow plow on it. But it is pretty when you don’t have to shovel and when you can stay inside and eat pizza!

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  5. 9-10 inches! Yikes!

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  6. Oh, that four-letter s-word! That’s a lot of snow – take good care of your back in all your shovelling.

    (You made me laugh out loud with “I thought about loaning him one of my shovels, but somehow that seemed insensitive.”)

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  7. Storm chips, you must always have storm chips on hand!

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  8. High desert too and the called for 5-8 inches was well over 2 feet of super wet sierra cement. Grinding coffee for the next storm/power outage.

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  9. When a snow storm is about to hit Iowa, everyone runs to the grocery for milk and bread. Pizza sounds a lot better!

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    • We normally have 3-4 frozen pizzas on hand for “emergencies” and normally we wait for the sales before buying our pizza. And, yes we always keep an eye on the weather and the grocery list just to make sure we don’t run out of important stuff.

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  10. jfwknifton says:

    We get very little snow here in Nottingham but my piece of magic to keep it away completely was to buy a snow shovel in the 40% off Summer sale of snow shovels about ten years ago. And so far it’s worked perfectly. Not a sign of the cold wet stuff!

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    • My first winter here I went out an bought a snow shovel and it worked for about six months then we had an inch of snow. The next snow was 12 months later at nearly half an inch so it mostly works at keep the snow away.

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