I’ve heard it more times than I can count from a whole host of different people: my Dad, Father-in-law, Uncles… they all have imparted the wisdom that it’s easier when you use the right tool for the job.
I reminded myself of that tonight. For the first time in my adult life I had a snow blower to use to clean the driveway.
A fresh blanket of snow greeted me when I got home. Actually, it was more than a blanket. It was a couple of blankets and a quilt. Six to eight inches in total of fluffy snow.
Experience tells me that it would have taken 75-90 minutes to do it all with a shovel. When completed I would have had a sore back leading to several doses of ibuprofen.
Tonight was a different story. I fired up the “new to me” snow blower and went to town. It only took 30 minutes!
It could have been shorter too. It took me a few minutes figuring out how to position the shoot so I wouldn’t get a face full of blowing snow. I probably also spent a few extra minutes just because I was having fun. The novelty hadn’t worn off yet.
It probably will by the end of Winter but at least I know that I can get it done in a third of the time as before… without a sore back!
Had I realized this earlier we would have gotten a snow blower years ago. I would have made it a priority to save up the money. The only reason I have this one is because some friends moved to Texas. You can read about that part of that story here.
What’s something you did for years and then got the right tools only to realize how much easier it was?