Thursday, January 29, 2015

Digging out

I took a half day from work yesterday to dig out, as the snow didn't stop falling here until late Tuesday and the howling winds didn't subside until the wee hours Wednesday morning.

We appear to have gotten at least 2 feet/61 cm of snow, perhaps a bit more--it's hard to tell given the drifting. I'm glad to say it's the more powdery stuff, so easier to move with a shovel, although figuring out where to put the shovelful required a bit of engineering. We're on track to get more snow tomorrow. Skiers are ecstatic, and I was hoping to snowshoe yesterday, but was too tired after shovelling to do so.

My Michelin light blue coat was superb and kept me toasty warm, complemented by a hat a knitter friend made (too small for everyone but me, so it became mine) and the pair of double knitted mittens I made some time back. I posted photos here of some I made but can't find them now.

Anyhow, it seems all of us have breathed a collective sigh of relief. The ground is snow-covered, as it should be in winter, the electrics stayed on, I made a big pot of chili for lunch and quick suppers, and on we go.

More snow on the horizon tomorrow.

12 comments:

  1. Red winged blackbird on my feeder, two days in a row. Harbinger of spring!

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    1. The chickadees here are starting with their "phoebe" calls, so I know spring hasn't been cancelled.

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  2. Hi Megan, I noticed your comment on Going Gently blog that you had a Watkins cookbook. I wondered if this was a published book or had come down through a family. Why I ask is that I was born a Watkins and we know one of my father's ancestors went to the US to work in the mines, forming one of the first choirs in Iowa. He died trying to save a child who had fallen down a mine shaft. His daughter, Sarah Watkins (my namesake), subsequently was employed to look after nine children belonging to a widowed Mormon not far from Salt Lake City. She married the children's father and had another ten children of her own. I just wondered if you were a Watkins if we maight have shared some ancestors.

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    1. Hi, Sarah, the Watkins cookbook is a published one from the Watkins company. I am not a Watkins and so far as I know, i'm not related to any. Kath, who comments now and again on John's blog, saw one of my comments there some time back, and we discovered that we both had relatives/ancestors from the same town in Wales, Perth (Midglamorgan, Pontypridd).
      It can be such a small world.

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  3. When I lived in Blizzardland, one of the biggest problems was where to put the snow, whether it was a homeowner shoveling the driveway or the snowplow driver clearing the streets. It was common for a snowplow to hit a car that was parked on the side of the road and buried in the snow.

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. We have parking bans here during winter, and I've had to explain to more than one person in my last location how we push the snow as far as possible in the first storm of the season to allow for the space needed in later storms. At my last location, all the snow tended to melt between storms, so snow shovel management wasn't really necessary.

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  4. Yuk. Rain and wind here; I don't know which is worse!

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    1. As I like to snowshoe, i'll take the snow.

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  5. Just a smattering of snow here xx

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    1. We're having more today. The "storm that's to move south of us" changed its mind, and we are in for another 10–14 inches (25–36 cm).

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  6. Ugh. How can you be so cheery? We had school canceled on Monday and now another storm is coming, so probably no school tomorrow. I am so over the white stuff. I pine for New Orleans.....

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    1. Maria, for a number of years, I lived in places that didn't have real winters, and I found I really missed having four seasons. We've been getting hammered with snow, and i'm hoping we're in for a spate where I can take a few days off from shovelling because i'm finding I don't have the energy to go snowshoeing afterwards.

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