25 December 2007

Merry Christmas...

...from the beautiful coast of Maine.

Blessings to you all...

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17 December 2007

Digging - no, Chipping Out

The storm yesterday was quite enjoyable for us ~ we had nowhere to go, we just stayed in and watched the snow fall. Ahhh - a great day to address Christmas cards.

And then just as we were about to go to bed for the night, the rain started to fall. Eww - not a good sign.

We saw a few of our neighbors pulling out their snow blowers and starting early last night, but we figured we'd have all day Monday, so why mess up our totally lazy day?

Hmmm. Well, this morning we woke up to a sparkling wonderland, meaning, everything had a layer of ice. The trees were beautiful, the bushes amazing, but the snow - all the snow that we had to remove - was covered in a one-inch-thick layer of ice. Our snow blower is pretty good, but this pushed it beyond its limit.

The whole snow removal process of about a 50 ft. driveway took well over three hours. The 8 inches of snow wasn't problem, it was chipping away at the ice to GET to the snow.

I think I need to hire someone with a plow.

Supposedly more snow is coming this week. Snow is fine - but please, hold the ice!

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15 December 2007

Our Doggie...

Yesterday, after playing in the snow. :)

Looks like we're in for a big storm starting sometime tonight or tomorrow morning. Just now as we were driving back from a basketball game, my husband asked if I wanted to stop by the store to pick up anything.


Stopping at a grocery store in the middle of a Saturday, this close to Christmas, AND right before a big storm?

I'd have to have rocks in my head.


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14 December 2007

Snow and More Snow and More Snow and...

Two weeks ago I flew out to New Mexico for a mini-family reunion. When I left, the temperature was in the upper 40s and our back yard was still covered with leaves.

When I returned, four days later, there was a foot of snow on the ground with more still falling (remember that first storm on December 3?)

Since then, I've been trying to convince my brain that it actually IS December and that Christmas IS actually coming, regardless of the fact that I'm still in denial. I think the exceptionally warm (and wonderful) autumn totally threw me off.

Anyway, we got more snow on and off all this week. About four inches last night - enough to use the snowblower.

A huge nor'easter is forecasted for this Sunday, promising a foot or more of new snow.

Has anyone bothered to tell the sky that IT ISN'T EVEN WINTER YET?!

And P.S., I can't help it - I keep thinking about all those nasty leaves that are lying in our backyard UNDER all that snow.


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