Wednesday, February 06, 2008

The Treacherous Walkway

This morning I decided to be ambitious and snow blow the sidewalks and driveway. (This was my very first time doing this b/c Jarom always does it, but seeing as how we got 10-12 inches of snow last night it definitely needed to be done before he could get to it.) I wanted to hurry and get it done before the school kids headed out and needed to walk on the sidewalks.

After several cleared paths of snow, I realized that I was doing it backwards and ended up blowing snow right back on what I had already completed. I was just praying that the neighbors were all too busy doing their own driveways to notice the novice across the street.

By the time I got to my front walkway, a million cars and people were out and about driving their kids to school. (My house is a in a direct path to the unloading zone for kids.) I was trying to back the snow blower up when my foot hit another death trap patch of ice and I fell. Right on my bottom, and I hit hard. But I was in such shock and embarrassment, that I didn't have the right frame of mind to let go of the driving handle of the snow blower. So, the wheels kept turning and it was continuing to back up and about plowed me over.

Can you imagine the laughter of the passer-bys? (Well, I would have been busting a gut had I witnessed the scene.) A poor mother, her head covered in a sweatshirt hood cause her hair isn't combed yet, falling on the ground with a man eating snow blower chasing her. (If only she would let go of the that handle that she was using to try to stand back up.) I was scrambling so hard to get away from the snow blower that I couldn't even pretend to get up gracefully. And then when I finally did get up, I was laughing so hard at myself that I looked even more like a crazy nut job.

*Note to the neighbors: If you want entertainment, just watch the Manwarings try to clear snow.

10 comments:

Elena's mom said...

LOL! I'm glad we didn't have another tradgedy today.

Becky Ward said...

"Another tragedy"? I want to hear.
And I do feel for you Elena, since I have taken a fall on your sidewalk as well. No fun! But, you story was so fun to read. (;

Miki said...

LOL, LOL!! Still! Awwww, that is just priceless, and something I would DEFINITELY do! Aw Man, that is JUST funny. I'm glad you're okay too btw.

lol.

Elena said...

Yes, the tragedy is that Kate fell into my bathtub (it was empty) yesterday while performing "Once There Was a Snowman" and TOTALLY busted her lip open. It was so bad I thought she was going to have to get a stitch in it, but it looks much better today. It's a huge scab, she looks like she's got herpes and it's REALLY fat, but atleast it closed up and isn't bleeding anymore. If my camera were here I'd take a picture of Kate's lip and Halle's bruised cheek (from the tooth pulling I think). They look like I beat them both.

Fur said...

I have a stomachache from laughing so hard at your description of yourself. I can totally imagine the scene as if I was there watching it! Thanks for the laughs before I head to bed! :)

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Jennifer P. said...

What a blessing to be able to laugh at ourselvs, right?!

I had to share with you that when I was out shoveling the sidewalks a few weeks ago, I decided to be nice and do our neighbors as well. I'd been out there nearly an hour working my tail off and was nearly done, when the neighbor next to my neighbor (whom I don't really know), decides to come out and tell me that it was illegal to shovel the snow into the road because of drainage issues. He then had the nerve to suggest I go back and shovel the snow from the gutter back across the sidewalk and into the yard. Let's just say he's lucky I didn't bash him with the snow shovel!!! Like it EVER snows enough in Boise (except this year) to have a legal and illegal way to shovel snow. AAAAGH! Hey--this is almost a post, isn't it? I'll just have to re-direct everyone over here and call this my post for the day :). Guess I"m feeling better than I thought!

Glad you didn't get eaten by the snow blower monster!!! Can't wait for your camera to come to see all the injuries :)!

Elena Manwaring said...

Fur-Glad I can provide some ab strengthening for you.

Jennifer-Man, I would have been tempted to shovel the snow back on to that guy's porch. What a....I don't know what to call him, but that wasn't very nice. Glad to hear that you are feeling a little bit better finally!

Lee Ann said...

What a visual! I'm sorry it happened, but that was REALLY funny!

Deanna said...

Your driveway and walkways did look nich though when we stopped by last night...Nice work!