Hey everyone! Brock here. If we haven’t met before… I’m Melody’s son. I’ve worked at Brave Girls for about 6 years, mostly doing all our video work. Nice to meet you!
In case you haven’t heard, our little corner of Idaho has become an Antarctic wasteland over the past few weeks. Roofs have collapsed under the weight of 2+ feet of snow, some roads have become impassable, and all the stores are sold out of snow shovels and ice melt.
We guys at BGC (Jeff, Marq (melody’s husband), and myself) have been retaliating in different ways. Here are some of the recourses we’ve each taken in our efforts to defend our people from the Snowpocalypse…
Marq (my dad) does an incredible job taking care of the grounds at The Ranch, where we hold our retreats. A couple weeks ago, in the middle of the nonstop blizzard, we had our very first Life Restoration retreat (which went AWESOME). So, with campers coming to and from The Ranch and walking between the Art Barn and house every day, Marq had to stay on top of snow removal–usually rising before the sun to move all the new snow that had fallen through the night. Fortunately, he’s well-equipped with a tractor and the skills to use it…
Jeff took the approach of ingenuity rather than brute force. After seeing some videos online of people using special snow rakes for their roof, he set out to build a prototype himself…
With a tarp, some closet rods, the frame from an old snow shovel, and some expert lashing skills, he was able to craft this masterpiece. But does it work?
I unfortunately lack the equipment to plow snow, or the skills to build futuristic snow rakes, so I opted for strapping in to my snowboard and manually pushing all the snow off my roof.
It actually worked great! It consisted of more squats than I’d care to do in a week, but the exercise was probably good for me. And, best of all, my roof is pleasingly not-collapsed.
I also researched how best to deal with ice dams–the big masses of ice which collect at the edge of your roof and prevent water from running off, which can cause leaks. I learned about these bizarre (but effective!) little sacks of strangeness…
Essentially, you take a single leg of pantyhose and fill it with a salt (ice melt, epsom salt, whatever). Then you lay it lengthwise across the dam like this…
And, as it gets wet, the saltwater seeps out onto the surrounding ice and melts it. Over time this creates a channel where water can drain. These worked surprisingly well, and weren’t too difficult to make! Highly recommend trying them out if your house is being hit by winter storms this season.
As I write this post, more snow continues to fall outside the Clubhouse… and more is in the forecast for the next few days. The best part about taking care of the snow on your own house is that it frees you up to go help your neighbors with theirs (which I know Jeff and Marq have spent COUNTLESS hours doing over the past couple weeks). Once you’ve got your family all squared away, make sure to keep an eye out for people around you who could use a little help. That’s what living in this world together is all about, right? Let’s be good to each other.
See you next time!