Only in Minnesota do we shovel snow back onto our driveway after clearing the driveway.

My wife and I have been surviving our first winter together as homeowners. What we didn't realize when we bought our house in Rogers is just how much work the driveway was going to require through the winter months. Half a basketball court in size and featuring a slope towards the street, keeping it clear of snow is no easy task. One of the first "big" purchases we made was a used snowblower to help with the plowing process. Unfortunately, the snowblower's motor blew about a month ago, and my neighbor -- who convinced me to buy the dang thing -- hasn't gotten around to fixing it yet. So I've been stuck hand-shoveling my driveway. My saving grace has been its blacktop surface. I've found that if I can clear the snow down to the blacktop, whatever's left melts off pretty quickly in the sun no matter the temperature.

I thought I was pretty clever in discovering this, but apparently this is more common knowledge than I thought. In fact, a recent photo posted to Reddit proves just how much I have to learn still. Posted in the Minnesota thread of Reddit by Reddit user u/DrManBearPig, the photo's caption reads "My wife shoveling snow ONTO our driveway so it melts faster."

My wife shoveling snow ONTO our driveway so it melts faster. from r/minnesota

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Yup. This guy's wife was actually shoveling snow back onto the driveway that had just been cleared to get rid of it faster!

"Guilty of doing this myself every few years," confessed one person in the comments. "I half considered cutting a metal 55 gal drum in half to melt snow over the fire pit too."

"I have done that, totally," admitted another.

"When I lived in MN 25 years ago, my friend caught me shoveling snow off the yard onto the driveway, and she still won’t let me live it down," shared a Minnesota veteran.

"I haven’t done this but I have used snow to soak up water off the driveway so I can chuck it back into the yard," shared a third (I also discovered this "trick" myself this past weekend).

"I see she gave up on beating it up with the bat," joked one person, noting the Wiffle ball bat lying on the driveway.

Well, with temperatures in the 40's and even 50's expected in the next week, I think the blacktop is going to become my greatest ally...at least until my neighbor gets my snowblower working again.

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