Even More Snow!

February 18, 2015 § Leave a comment

So, in the past three weeks, our area has gotten 79” / 200 cm of snow. There’s been a few deposits since the two storms I talked about in my last post, and, last weekend, one major storm. We’ve been shoveling, and shoveling and shoveling.

The picture of the garage at the end of my previous post? We cleared the area in front of the garage door, but then we had to fill it again because there was nowhere else to put the snow. Here it is three days ago:

15th Garage

In the photo above, the shorter layer of snow in front of the garage comes up to my chest. There’s no way I can pile it higher with the snow pusher. The taller layer behind is where we’ve been throwing snow from the driveway, chipping away at the mound with our shovels. It’s almost impossible for us to throw snow on top of anymore, so we had to come up with a backup plan (more on that at the end).

We also keep digging and re-digging out the compost. During last weekend’s storm, the wind blew so much snow around that the path to the compost was partly blocked and the compost itself was buried. Below are two photos, one day apart, that show the disappearing compost and path:

Compost Mashup

The piles surrounding our driveway are, at places, taller than I am:

15th Path n Driveway

That’s the driveway, with the garage off the frame to the left, and a view towards our neighbor’s house, on the day of the storm. The piles at the front door aren’t quite as bad:

15th Front Door

To cope with the snow, we dug out a hole in the snow bank on the front lawn, seen here from the front door:

Snow Appendix

We’ve been using it to cart snow from the driveway, and then shoveling the loose snow off to the sides.

Snow Appendix in Use

In fact, we were supposed to get 3”-5” / 10-ish cm yesterday. Turns out that this storm stayed further to the south, and we only got the lightest of dustings. I’m relieved for our sakes, but sorry for the people living south of Boston.

The forecasts have been going back and forth with any further snow predictions. I’m going to play it safe, save my strength and put off blogging again until March.

At least days are longer each day, and the sun feels so great!

We Got Dumped on!

February 3, 2015 § 3 Comments

Snow.

So. Much. Snow. Winter storm Juno hit our area with 14-18 inches / 35-45 cm, with another 12-14 inches / 30-35 cm during the week since. Here’s our driveway after Juno…

Last Week Jan 2015

(Note how there’s a little bit of fence visible at the right side of the photo.)

…and a view out of the garage after another week’s worth of snow:

First Week Feb 2015

(No fence visible at all!)

What made it “fun” was that Mr. E and I were really sick just before. We did the first rounds of shoveling while still wheezing and coughing. We’d shovel for a little while, go back in to catch our breath for an hour and let our clothing dry, and then get back out to pick up where we left. Rinse and repeat until there’s enough space to drive one car out, then eat and collapse and do it all over again the next day, hoping we’d feel better after a night’s sleep.

We decided, being both recovering, to dig out only one car since currently Mr. E is the only person who absolutely *needs* to get out during the day. (For the moment, our other commitments can be scheduled so that we won’t require two cars out at once.) Fortunately, then, we could just dump the snow in front of my half of the garage:

Garage First Week Feb 2015

For reference, there is a retaining wall between the driveway and the deck, so the photo is a little confusing if you don’t know the lay of the land. On the driveway side of the retaining wall, the pile is taller than I am, and beyond the wall, merely 2+ feet.

Within the past week, we’ve been out to shovel snow together 14 times. In addition, I’ve done two one-hour-or-so sessions on my own. That averages twice a day for a week. (No wonder I feel exhausted!) It was grueling, but we did it.

On top of it, there will be more snow in the next week! The forecasts currently vary between 9-16 inches / 23-40 cm. Good grief!

Most likely I will save my energy for snow and survival, and won’t be blogging until mid-month. Until then, be well.

Cobalt Blue and Bright Green

January 30, 2015 § 2 Comments

In general, even though blue is my favorite color, I’m not a fan of bright blue. (I’m definitely a greyish blue person.) This combination of cobalt blue and prospering, green plants by Vicky at Living Four Seasons is stunning, though:

Vicky at Living Four Seasons blogpicture403

I especially like the saturated colors against white and pale wood tones. Just lovely! Great job, Vicky!

 

Putting Your Stairs to Work

January 26, 2015 § Leave a comment

As so many others, we place stuff that’s on its way up on the stairs to wait until we actually are going up. The other day, I was struck how pretty a pile of stuff can be:

Stuff on Stairs

Books and a beautiful Thank You note can make pretty much anything look worthy of a photo, wouldn’t you say? :)

Monthly Photos Collected: The Final Edition

January 22, 2015 § Leave a comment

Here are all of the photo collages of my monthly photo project. The first third of the year is a little dismal:

2014 Monthly Photos Mashup 1of3

The second, very summery:

2014 Monthly Photos Mashup 2 of 3

The final third (of September, October, November and December) is looking quite grey:

2014 Monthly Photos Mashup 3 of 3

A full year finally done. It was really interesting, but I’ll admit I had some trouble with remembering to take the photo. I could manage the day just fine, but remembering to actually do it at noon – phew!

Monthly Photo: December 2014

January 15, 2015 § 1 Comment

You know those photo challenges that ask you to take one photo every month in exactly the same place, with exactly the same subject matter, angle, and all that? I thought it would be a really interesting project, so I decided to do that this year.

I’m taking a picture out of a second floor window towards the woods at midday on the last day of the month, every month, from January 2014 to December 2014. Here’s December 2014:

Dec 2014 Monthly Photo

Too bad we didn’t have snow – a day or two and the scenery would’ve been white. Ohwell. :) At least the lake has iced over. Here are the beginnings:

Lake Iced Over

(Both photos are taken on the same day. Funny what a difference a few hours made. The morning was overcast and the afternoon nice and bright.)

Back to the Grind

January 14, 2015 § Leave a comment

Hello, hello; back to the grind after the Christmas break! Hope yours has been as great as mine. Mr. E and I had the most wonderful, the most relaxing Christmas Eve thus far. (We celebrate Finnish Christmas at home on the Eve, then drive to his family for the Day.) There was fooooood…

Xmas Dinner 2014

…and pulla…

Pulla Making Mashup

…and presents!

Opening Presents 2014

We’re both back to new (and some old) projects. What’s up in your world?

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