Gary the roving UHub photographer couldn't help but notice all the shiny new snowblowers on display at the Dedham Lowe's this past Sunday.
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Old Farmer's almanac says lots of cold and snow.
"extreme wintry mix is expected in areas of New England"
Etiquette question ... When your neighbor snow blows your sidewalk for you, how do you reciprocate?
If see them I always give a heartfelt Thank You. Plus I shovel out their walks to their doors and their stairs (even if they don't see me). I also shovel their sidewalk and stairs when there is not enough snow for the machine to be brought out. For a couple really bad snows, I drop off treats with a Thank you note.
They wave to me when they do see me shoveling for them. But they have never acknowledged the treats. Makes me wonder if I'm out of the norm in how I show my appreciation. So what is the norm?
I don't know the best etiquitte, but good on you for shoveling for them (and the treats), and good on them for helping you with their snow-blower. I would not sweat it beyond that. They may feel similarly awkward or unsure of what to say/do, or when the cycle of "thanks, you're welcome. Oh, thank you" is broken.
You're might be out of the norm, in the sense of "not so much commonly done any more" - but I wouldn't stop doing it.
I'm always happy to snow blow someone who would otherwise struggle to shovel. But if I do my neighbors walk this time, will they expect me to do it EVERY time? Even if they thank me, I don't want to be obligated to do it.
My wife helped out the renters across the street, spending at least 30 minutes after a deep snowfall. Those folks never thanked her and in subsequent storms never made much effort to shovel, making my wife feel like, "Why did I bother?" It's all weird.
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