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Kirsten and Katie
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Saturday, February 13, 2010

My Aching Back

You've heard we had a record snowfall in the DC Metro area over the last week and a half. Well all that snow had to be shoveled -- from the front walk, from the driveway, from the pipestem/alley, from the cars, from in front of the elderly neighbor's, from the driveways of neighbors with health issues. We even had to shovel a big moat around our fence so that our dog couldn't step over it. (really, he could step over a 3 foot fence, and he did!)

Wherever it was, we shoveled it.
We tried to keep ahead of the accumulation, shoveling in shifts about every 2 hours. The problem wasn't really the shoveling, although that wasn't fun, it was where to put all the snow. The mounds were big after the first snow. After the 2nd you couldn't scoop and throw it high enough! (Having stilts or being really tall might have helped!) You had to really bend and reach to get it out of the way and on top of a mound/pile.

So all that shoveling, lifting, scooping, throwing, was not great for my back. (And I'm just plain old!)

Add to that the fact that for the last 2 weeks I've been living in either boots or slippers - not the best for foot, leg and back support. (I'm used to Dansko clogs or walking shoes with orthodics).

Needless to say, I'm really looking forward to NO MORE Snow and a trip to the chiropractor and masseuse next week.

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