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#RealityWednesday: Sometimes You Need a Laundry Basket and a Garbage Bag

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Will Driveway
Will vs. The Driveway | Jane Boursaw Photo
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If you’ve been reading Old Mission Gazette this winter, you probably know that our steep driveway gets very interesting at various points throughout the winter. Most of the time, we can get up and down with our 4WD Jeep or the daughter’s Subaru (which has amazing traction, even though it’s not technically 4WD).

This is the first year we’ve had the “Subie,” and it may be the only vehicle we ever buy again. Along with our trusty Jeeps.

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Anyway, the driveway gets especially interesting after the January thaw when things melt and then get slushy and then ridiculously icy. So we have to park at the bottom of the driveway and hoof it up and down the hill until the weather changes. I don’t mind. I like the winter exercise.

Will Driveway
Will vs. The Driveway | Jane Boursaw Photo

But sometimes, you’ve got stuff that needs to be hauled up and down the driveway during those times. Which means you have to get creative, like we did the last time Will was up for a few days and leaving to go back to MSU.

There’s a sled around here somewhere, but of course, we couldn’t find it. So I had the brilliant – if I do say so myself – idea to put a slippery garbage bag under his laundry basket full of stuff so he could slide it down the hill to his car. I cut the bag down the middle to make it longer so he’d have a little handle. Pinterest post coming soon (just kidding; that would be the dumbest Pinterest post ever).

What’s that they say? Necessity is the mother of invention? We invent a lot of things around here.

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