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Snow Everywhere

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This story holds no surprises. There was so much snow to be cleared from our driveway and paths and roof top, that it consumed our attention from the moment we woke up yesterday. We are now dealing with the most snow since we moved here in 2012.

We are devising new ways to pile snow, finding new places to push it, and sacrificing non-essential spaces that were previously cleared. When you can no longer lift it over the pile, you start pushing it up against the pile.

Preparations actually started last week, when we received around 9 inches on Wednesday. I had to plow in such a way as to make room for what we already knew was coming this weekend.

Saturday, we tried building a snow screen out of the netting of an old hay feeder bag and three t-posts, to soften the blow our mailbox suffers when the township plow zooms past.

It didn’t work.

Well, maybe it worked a little bit. The mailbox still popped off the base, but now that I think about it, instead of flying far into the ditch, it just flopped over behind the post.

It didn’t start snowing until after dark Saturday night, but Cyndie said it was coming down pretty heavily when she took Delilah out for her last walk of the night. When I got up in the wee hours of the morning, the wind was whipping the snow to the point it completely covered the screen door to the deck so I couldn’t guess how much new snow had fallen to that point.

By the time daylight arrived, new snow had stopped falling. The remaining flakes still airborne were being blown by the gale force winds, occasionally forming mini-tornado spirals, and carving sweeping waves of curving drifts.









I’m pretty sure we are going to remember the record-setting amount of snow that fell in February, 2019 for many years.



Written by johnwhays

February 25, 2019 at 7:00 am

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  1. We have had a snowy February in Quebec too. Unfortunately, the pattern since early winter has been: snow/freezing rain/rain/plunging temperatures, leaving everything coated in ice. It’s beautiful, but treacherous for most outdoor activities including walking.


    February 26, 2019 at 6:08 am

    • Beauty and treachery… not an unprecedented combination, I bet. I’ve written before about the complete inappropriateness of rain during the snow season. The worst!
      Cyndie swears by her Yaktrax traction cleats for walking the ice coated terrain. Thanks for checking in from Quebec!


      February 26, 2019 at 8:12 am

  2. Beautiful to look at, so reminiscent of Intervale pictures❣️
    Haven’t even seen our new home yet and have had to hire someone to plow the driveway🥴☃️


    February 25, 2019 at 10:06 am

    • Oh, that’s funny. Yes, it has felt rather Intervale like around here lately. Well, more than usual. It always harkens back to the old farm to a certain degree.


      February 25, 2019 at 12:50 pm

  3. I know that is very annoying but these photos are beautiful. It looks like the pictures from a fairytale ❄️


    February 25, 2019 at 8:25 am

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