Navigating The Amazing Trip Of Life With Our Amazing Triplets ... And Their Amazing Little Brother
Just a thought but you might want to look into a scraper mitt - something like this http://www.amazon.com/Hopkins-Subzero-13911-Waterproof-Scraper/dp/B000HAB92G/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=automotive&qid=1291043839&sr=8-1 they make a huge difference when you are scraping off snow and ice. Something for you to look forward to :)
I live in Kuwait now, because it was -30C in Ontario the day I met my future employer at the international teaching job fair. She looked at me, frozen to the bone, and stated, "it's warm in Kuwait right now." It was the beginning of February.I'm going back to Canada for 12 days over Christmas. That'll be JUST enough snow and ice to remind me why I moved here in the first place, 3 and a half years ago. (PS. She lied. Cold is entirely relative. I'm now cold when the temperature drops below 20C.)
I can't believe a girl from MASSACHUSETTS bought such tiny ice scrapers....better yet, her Canadian husband!!! I can't believe a girl from Massachusetts even think that that amount of frost needs to be scraped. Save your manpower for the real stuff. Get out there 5 minutes early and put on the defroster. Better yet park facing the morning sun and let it do the job!
Ummm...ok, I don't know how much it snows there, but you're gonna probably need more than that in a month or so. And really, you'll probably be happier if you get the scrapers that have a snow brush on the other end- even if you don't get snow, you can use the brush to dust away all the ice you've scraped off. And don't forget to start your car and blast the defrosters as soon as you start scraping. It won't help with the first window, but it'll help by the time you get to the last one.
oops, wait, one more thing- you need to carry a jug of wiper solution in your car all winter. the road salt really messes up your windshield, so you can't see a thing, and you'll go thru a LOT of it. Running out of it far from home with no back-up in the car will result in the most stressful drive of your life, as you lean your head out the window like a dog in an effort to see past your whited-out windshield.
Won't be to long!
I can guarantee that the novelty will wear off very quickly indeed.
Perhaps one of these??http://www.amazon.com/Scraper-Oversized-Quilted-Mitten-Totes/dp/B002U1UHU0
It will wear off before Christmas.heh.but you'll be freezing until after Easter!
As part of my "I love being a Stay at Home Mom and I'll pass on whatever perks I can to you" love for my husband, I start his car in the AM when he has to go to work. I love him more and more every day for taking on a 26 mile (one way) commute so we can have a new (to us) house on a great lot in a great school district.Little frost like that will totally melt off just by running the car for a bit. Even the mornings where there is 6 inches of snow on the car are much improved :-) Generally I start the car and then commence shoveling out some of the drive before returning to just slide the snow off the car.
Ack! No garage? My father's trick (if you have to park outside and you know an ice storm is coming): put cardboard on your windshield, held up by the windshield wipers.
The romance! I actually like a big pitcher of warm (not-too-hot, as not to crack the windshield!) water to melt ice. It's amazingly fast!
They make ones with a fuzzy mitten handle. But from experience your going to need bigger guns aka scrapers. The ones with brushes on one side are handy when you have a heavy snowfall.
Hi there ... I've been following your blog for awhile and I've never left a comment. I love reading your blog! I just realized you moved to NOVA from California (where have I been?). I live in Central VA. I can tell you we had some UNBELIEVABLE weather last year. I love the ice scrapers (they are so cute) but you may want to consider bigger ones as you may need them later on. Last year we used long ones with a scraper on one end and a brush on the other due to all the snow.If you would like to see pictures of just one of the snow storms we experienced last year you can visit the following link:http://missymadeit.blogspot.com/2009/12/winter-wonderland.htmlJust thought I would share a "neighborly" thought. Missy =)
We really like the ice scrapers that have their handles covered with a big "mitten." They look like an oven mit with a scraper sticking out he top. Keeps your hand dry and warm as that ice and snow are flying all over the place. Santa is bringing our daughter a pink one since it's her firs winter driving. shhhh
While those are very cute, you really need to get the long ones with the brush on the end and preferably a metal end on the scraper part. Oh, and invest in new windshield wipers. Trust me, I'm from Iowa and I know all about snow..you will thank me later. Also, invest in electric start for your vehicles and remember to turn on the defrost before you get out. If you turn on you auto start about 10 minutes before you're ready to go your ice scraping process will go much easier. BTW - IMO the snow is pretty but is also seriously overrated when you have to deal with it for 3-4 months. Good luck!!
The little scrapers are cute, but some advice from someone in frozen NE Ohio by the lake - long handles. So you can reach the middle of the windshield without having to drape yourself over the freezing car. Ask me how I know!
Twingles, YES, I KNOW. It's unbelievable considering our roots of origin, but here's the thing: Charlie has spent the past 30 years living in Southern California and I've been there for the past 20 years. Although, in my defense, I DID tell him that he should have bought a longer handled scraper with the brush on one end. He looked at me and said, "They make those?"I'm seriously beginning to question if he is really from Canada. Did you know he doesn't even like real Maple Syrup?!?!