21Jan23: Andy’s favorite kitty, Tashi, and more snow complications resolved…

“What’s on your agenda today, Andrew?”

Andy notes he likes Tashi the Bombay kitty. Deborah, Tashi’s human, says Tashi makes her laugh out loud! I’ve been following Tashi on Facebook and I know what Deborah means!


I recommend taking a look at Tashi’s Facebook posts! So does Andy.


I needed groceries yesterday but had the complication of snow.

I typically drive up on the grass to get closer to the door. If I had to carry them from the parking spot, I’d be in deep “stuff”: I just don’t have the “umph” to do that trek any longer. The alternative yesterday was to risk getting stuck in the snow from two storms.

The neighbor’s van was stuck halfway on her parking spot and halfway on the lane the day before, thanks to the “drift” caused by the plow blocking the end of her parking spot, another reason I back into mine after a snowstorm. Front wheel drive usually is enough to get me over those piles of snow.  You can see (above) the north half of my “driveway” to put away my groceries and part of my sidewalk on the lower far left where I try to have the hatch of my car positioned to get the groceries out. The VW has a plate on the underside, and that proves to be a good thing when plowing through a snow drift!

“Is the snow too deep or likely to compact so much I get bogged down in it? Or do those Michelin radial all season tires get me through, as their advertisements promise and suggest?” I thought to myself. 

You can see how much deeper the snow was on the south side and why I fishtailed! If I hadn’t run over the snow three times before hand, I probably would have gotten stuck. (It seems I did get stuck once!)

I took a test run. OK. I got through. I took a second test run, driving closer to the front door and into deeper snow. OK. I got through with a bit of fishtailing toward the end. 

The parking spots were cleared enough that I was able to drive in instead of back up into my spot and still have room on the driver’s side to step out onto paving, not a three-foot-deep drift!

A third test run served to clear a place to step once I returned and parked, a spot I hoped to get out of after I took the groceries in. It was a bit scary, though, because I fishtailed a bit plus that scary icon on my dash indicating my tires were losing contact because of ice came on. All went well, though, and the groceries are put away.


28 thoughts on “21Jan23: Andy’s favorite kitty, Tashi, and more snow complications resolved…

  1. I am glad too dear Doug everything went well. Seems that snow still being there… For you both a nice new week, Thank you, Love, nia

    • Yes, Tashi is also very much an instigator of fun and chaos according to her human, my friend Deborah!

      I’m glad I was able to manage the snow because there are times it keeps me pinned down if it gets too deep.

  2. Yikes, Doug! I use a cart with a milk crate bungee’d to it in order to haul my groceries the 100 feet or so from my parking area to my apartment. But in your case, any cart would need all-wheel drive in order to get over that snow. Maybe get one of those plastic sleds for kids and use that to slide the groceries to your door? Your building management needs to clear that snow out better!

    • I have a Radio Flyer wagon with the wooden staves that I bought years ago to bring things from the parking spot to the apartment, but that entails packing and unpacking. The method now of parking on the grass closer to the front door entails unpacking, so is a bit more efficient. As for better snow management, I am posting things that show the inefficiencies and hazards that result from snow and ice on the lane, etc. I’ve seen some improvements.

  3. Tashi is a cute little one! Andy has fine taste in cats. 🙂

    I hope the rest of the winter is kinder to you, Doug, although I know some of the worst snows can come in late winter or early spring, even here.

    • Thanks! Yes, Tashi is a sweetie! Getting around in the snow takes a bit of planning and adjustments. Fortunately, I’ve been doing it for decades!

    • That’s Tashi reacting to her own photo on the television. I agree that it is a great shot, though, and that my friend Deborah is making good use of her cat observing tome to get such a cute shot!

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