Saturday, February 9, 2013


The last big blizzard around here was in 1978; I was the same age my daughter is now. I wonder what she'll remember of this? I remember my mother didn't want to let me outside because the drifts against the house were much taller than I was. I remember she put milk in the snow on the deck to keep it cold; we'd lost power, but we still had heat and the stove, which were powered by gas, and plumbing, which was hooked up to the town system. In my current house, losing power means losing heat (oil with an electric starter), water (well with an electric pump), and the septic system (a fancy-schmancy required-by-law system that uses electric pumps). I also remember that my father, who'd been traveling on business, was stranded in Canada. My husband is scheduled to fly out on business on Monday. I'm grateful that trip wasn't this week, or this storm didn't come next week.

How much snow? I took this photo first thing this morning.

22 inches. All at once, that is quite a bit of snow. I only managed a narrow path on the walk and up the stairs.

And this...under here somewhere is my husband's car.

It took a ridiculously long time to first, get to it, and second, unbury it.

I had to make sure I waded through the snow to refill the bird feeder, too. It's back behind that cage of snowy branches--branches that were, until yesterday, much higher up. The snow is heavy and wet and weighing down the trees.

Speaking of trees, we have four juniper bushes that go across the edge of the yard. They're under here somewhere.

You can sort of see one all the way to the right. But not really. Just trust me, they're there.

I wanted to share some pictures because I know for some people, this sort of snow is unimaginable! We've had snow-filled winters before, but getting it all at once like this is certainly not the usual--although clearly, it's not a once-in-a-lifetime event, either. I hope the power stays on (after Sandy they shut it off while making repairs elsewhere) and they restore it quickly to the thousands of people who have no heat--a situation that could quickly become dangerous. If you are in the northeast, I hope you're warm, safe, and home with your family.


Suburban Correspondent said...

Thanks for the pics! We're definitely jealous down here.

Carolyn said...

I was thinking about you yesterday! Glad you didn't lose your power. We got about 3" and it's melting pretty quickly.

1978? I was a junior in high school!

Rose Red said...

It is quite unimaginable! Beautiful to look at, but I have to say I'm glad I don't have to live with it.

Hope you don't get another blizzard like it until you have a grandchild!

Donna Lee said...

We got hit with snow like that 2 and three years ago. This time? Less than an inch. It makes everything more difficult but I will admit (as long as the power stays on) that I love getting lots of snow at once. I like how it makes everything slow down.

I was thinking of you--I know how you just love the winter.

Karen Isaacson said...

it didn't occur to me that yours would be wet and heavy. wet and heavy is the worst. we're enough inland that, even though there was a ton of it, it was light and powdery. you must be so sore!