17 January 2011

January Settles In

Well, we ended up with 16 inches in Wednesday's storm. More than some, less than others. The good part about a storm like that is that it is COLD. When you get a ton of snow, cold is good. How could you have snow and it not be cold, you might ask? We get storms in the spring where is it barely cold enough to snow, and those dump huge amounts of slush on our streets, sidewalks and driveways. Nearly impossible to clean up. Cold snow means it can be moved.

The bad part about a storm like that is that is was mid-week and it snowed all day and into the night. By 4:00 that afternoon, we were well up to 14 1/2 inches, and it was nearly dark. It was time to do SOMETHING. So we plowed up everything. But then, over night, as we got the last couple of inches, the town snowplow scooted up and down the streets, throwing piles of snow along the ends of everyone's driveways. Not that I'm bitter or anything. It just means getting up extra early to clear away MORE snow the next morning.

I truly have a love / hate relationship with the snow plows.

Here are a few photos from the snowstorm.

Our bird feeders in the back yard...



Our most paranoid of cats after he escaped into the snow and then found he actually likes it. A LOT. Rats.



Our paper was delivered right smack in the middle of the worst part of the storm (let's hear it for a dedicated paper boy!) but we had to laugh at the headline. It was one of those "ya think?" moments.



Cleaning up in the dark. Sort of takes the glamour and charm out of a New England snowfall. But yay for a hearty snow blower.



The best part of any storm... going BACK inside to make popcorn and hot cocoa.



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In other news, we finally got another car. After two weeks of searching, shopping, emailing, and test driving, we realized we would never replace our reliable old van. It might have had nearly 200,000 miles on it, but it was still a very nice car. The insurance adjusters thought otherwise, however, and we got next to nothing on it after it was totaled.

So with the little bit insurance gave us, and a couple of wonderful gifts from our parents, we decided to go smaller. We'd always talked about going smaller after our kids all go away to college, but now we've made that move a couple of years earlier than planned. We found a lovely little VW Passat with just over 100,000 miles on it. And if I tell you nothing more about it, let me just report that it has heated seats.

HEATED SEATS.

Does anything else really matter? If you aren't sure, see above photos.

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Last, but certainly not least, we celebrated our youngest daughter's 17th birthday this week (she's the one above with the cat). We planned to go skiing to celebrate, but the car shopping did us in. Soon, sweetie, very soon! :)

Stay warm, friends!

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1 comment:

Connie said...

Cute! I gotta think you laugh at the Californians who drive a car with the heated seats...(not me, budget car)