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Friday, January 16, 2009

After a blizzard at our house

Thought you might like a visual of a small storm aftermath at our house! Wish you could have joined in!

In front of our entryway door

Using a 'mama-san' dump
Load it up, then push it out!


Our neighbor next door running his 'daddy' dumpster! (just kidding on the name)
We are very thankful for our neighbor's help in keeping the front cleared. We just have to do the two entryways and under the car ports. He and one other neighbor keep the road clear.



Another view of what it looked like before the snow removal.
It has been worse! This was just an all day storm, not two or three!


Hour and half later!! Yea, all done!






videoa short video clip showing how Mr. Inafune takes away the snow we get out from around us and from across the street where we all pile the snow until he can take it away.
And why is it called a 'mama-san dump'?--
It’s called the mama-san dumpu, which translates into Mother’s Dump. Think of a very large curved snow scoop, with relatively high sides and back. A large U-shaped handle attaches to the sides at the back of the scoop, reaching up to about your waist, much like a lawn mower. You push the scoop on the ground until it’s full of snow, then tilt it back slightly and push it along the ground like a sled until you find a good place to dump it. Lift up handle to empty, and presto, no more lifting snow with a shovel! Why "Mother's"--because the men are all off to work early so it's left to the mothers to use the 'dumps' to get rid of all the snow....so who actually did all the snow removal today???? I'm not telling! ;-)
Enjoy your warmth if you have it and have a great day!
Mansells in NorthLand Hokkaido!

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