…but hate sliding into snowbanks.
My property has had about 40 inches of snow in the last couple weeks. It has been heartbreakingly beautiful. It has also underlined a problem with my driveway.
I have dug myself out of three snowbanks, all on my own driveway. The driveway is steep, bad enough, but has a sharp right angle turn. Lord have mercy I turn my wheel (coming or going) and my pickup doesn’t manage that turn. Snowbank it is.
No clear solution for the rest of the season; however, I will have to hire a dozer to soften that corner, once it thaws out.
Another beauty of snow is that it is a gigantic temporary water cistern. I have been filling three 5 gallon buckets with snow, melting them, and using the water every way I can imagine.
My tap water is so toxic it makes my house plants sick. Not being absolutely ignorant, I don’t drink it, but buy detoxed water for cooking and drinking… for me, Little Guy, and the Girls.
So in working towards off grid living, I started washing laundry in a 5 gallon bucket, test drive. My clothes got fantastically cleaner! I realized after the fact that snow melt is soft water… silly me. I started scooping up 5 gallon buckets of snow and washing clothes as fast as I can. Sure enough, my clothes are looking much cleaner. Snow is beautiful and soft water too.
I have calcium deposits on everything from the terrible tap water. I use vinegar by the case. Snow melt is cleaning it all up. Snow is beautiful but my huge cistern is temporary, and has melted down to about 6 inches.
Now I am anxiously scanning the weather report, hoping for more beautiful snow.
It makes me feel a little more comfort regarding my rainwater collection project, which will not produce the amount of water that I would prefer. 25 gallons per day is not the US 50 gallons per day average. I still do not have a solar water purifier, but I do have enough materials to make one. I am not as fast as I once was.
On snow days I can supplement rainwater with snowmelt. Maybe I will buy a Brita water filter this week, if it doesn’t make my tap water good enough to drink, it might work for cooking.
In any case, snow is beautiful and puts a nice warm blanket on my roof to keep me warm.