I re-subscribed, yeah. From all of the rain, the whole 2.5 acres is a giant swamp. Tree is down threatening to take out the cable, and internet. So far, it has hailed, sleeted, white out from the snow, then poured rain...which is what it's doing now. From all of the water, we've gotten almost an 1+" of rain in the basement. Shopvac'ing it out...This weird weather pattern storm has done more damage to our property than Sandy did...and she did some.
T wind is very strong-- I wonder if that is why we haven't seen the trash pick up trucks. Wind driven rain but we only have about half an inch, sort of like the barking dog who hides when you approach. Some garden trouble, Jen.
I went through all of the boxes, there were over 20. Most were baskets, or other type of knick knacky'esque things from the old house. Nothing inside the boxes were damaged. Tom collects...I'm going to kill the spelling...Longenberger baskets, one of the boxes was full of them...the flip side, it was lined with bubble wrap...no damage...phew.
I hope no one else has any damage done...receiving the unexpected isn't always a good thing.
Friends posted a pic of their yard today. They live on the river. Pretty bad. Almost as much damage from Sandy. They had just gotten 40 sheets of drywall to fix their rental and they are all ruined. She is pretty down.
I had no idea there was so much damage in the NE! A little over 2" here, but the ground sucked it right up...flurrying all morning, some sticking on the grass...nice to hear from you, Thom...those baskets are expensive, glad they weren't damaged...Hope you will be safe, Deb...Stay warm, Pixie & Jo!
Thom, welcome back. Sorry about your water in your basement.
We ended up leaving the island on Thurs night instead of yesterday morning as we figured the weather would stop the planes and ferries from running on Friday which they did due to the high winds. We didn't want to miss our Thursday night family Solstice Party in Boston so we had to do a mad dash to get everything done a day early and catch the last boat out of dodge. We drove up to Vt from Boston after the party and got here at midnight. We had power when we arrived, but not for long as it went out from about 1 am until around 9:30 am this morning. Brook was raging. Tomorrow we have to do a round trip drive to NYC to fetch our son. It will be another long day, but Christmas comes but once a year. Have a wonderful holiday all. Here's to us all having some good times in tame weather. Patti
Same here, starts tonight , goes into Thursday afternoon. 12 -14" with 40 mph gust. Will be bringing up wood by the fireplace today. Nothing I like better than a roaring fire during a blizzard.
It's 10 degree's here this morning, high of 30 for today.
a very thick blanket - I spent a few hours hiking my xcountry ski trail clearing any fallen trees with a hand pruning saw last weekend. hard work as some of the trees where 12" thick - conservation land so did not want to lug my chainsaw in there and it is 3 or 4 miles of hiking - anyway good exercise and it is cleared and ready for some snow :)
Ugh! On a happier note, I think I bought a car after searching since Aug.! My son is looking at it tonight, so I'm waiting for his go ahead...2008 Ford Expedition...should be as good as my Tahoe in snow...nothing is good on ice!
Unofficial snow here was 10 inches with 3 more inches over the rest of the day.
Victor! I drive a CRV and love it.I have had the same one since 2004 new.I only drive about 3 times a week but earlier on it was great in snow.
Its heavy snow and considering our local ski slope hardly was open last year ,this snow is welcome. I cancelled a Therapy appointment.I dont even want to be driven to it.Navigating a snowy parking lot is really difficult.
Seriously, I would of cancelled too. Our State has closed the soup kitchens, Y.M.C.A.'s along with most town office's and banks. There are bands of snow out there dumping 1 - 3" per hour and the winds are 20 -30mph with 40 - 50 mph gust. The windchill has made the temp drop to 6 degree's. Haven't started the fire yet but will later on im sure.
Ge1836, Great shot of you beginning your life long gardening passion or did you take a long break before getting back to playing ion the dirt?
Pretty white outside up here in vt. Not sure how much snow we have gotten. It took our son 7 1/2 hours to go what normally takes 2 to get back into NYC yesterday. We had planned to go back to Nantucket tomorrow, but I have had a wicked cold and cough since 23rd and don't feel like getting out of bed. Better this morning. I was sort of a buzz kill for the last few days and missed out on eating some choice food. No weight gain for me over this holiday. Looks like a great day for Wha and any others who love being out in the snow. Have fun. Patti
Whoa...sorry to hear the snow amounts from Pixie, Jo, Debi, & Patti! There are about 4" out here, just soaked down with rain...the man who plows my drive had to come twice, & I had to shovel the walks...just the kind of sloppy mess I hate...
has just turned to light rain/mist here - cleaned off the back deck and front walkway before they become ice rinks over the next few days - now if this storm will just blow away there will be some xcountry this weekend
We have a lovely blanket of fluffy stuff, maybe close to a foot. DH got out the snow blower. Last year it never got used. Not once. I am still not feeling well enough to go out and enjoy it, but it sure is pretty to look out at through the window and not have to shovel. Still coming down very lightly. Patti
flowAjen, hope he has a sense of humor. Victor is so right.
We generally don't go to the store when we hear bad weather is coming and eat "Storm Stew" which is concoction of whatever we have in the pantry, freezer or frig. Some have been wonderful, others, not so good. But it is a great way to clear some shelves of odd ingredients. I must say we always do have rice, beans, tuna, peanut butter, red sauce, pasta and stock on head as well as lots of frozen garden veggies and proteins and a huge stash of bottled condiments and herbs and spices, so we are not ever going to starve. We have cooked many a meal out on the Weber in a raging storm when we had no power for days and we have used the fire place on occasion. In Vt we have a gas stove so we are never going to not have a way to cook here, plus we have a fireplace and wood stove for heat. I think some folks can't cook except in a microwave so they are in deep trouble without power. I love looking at what the panicked storm shoppers are buying. Carts are often full of horrible stuff. Patti
Victor, Thanks, Mom is doing fine. She is Oklahoma, but planning a April barge trip in Holland to see the tulips. She has invited us, but not sure if we are going yet. It means missing some of our bulbs, but I think I might consent and join her as she is doing trip for us as she has done it before. She will be 98 in March.
She sounds great on the phone, better than me. She invited 6 over for Christmas day dinner at the restaurant where she lives and then up to her place for after dinner drinks and more sweets and to see her Christmas tree and decorations. She is a trooper but her tree is now a fake one. But at 97 she can do what ever suits her fancy. Here she was at the cottage in Canada last Aug. taking shots of the dogs playing in the rapids and of her enjoying the sunset on her deck. Like the queen, she usually has a purse, even when in the woods. Patti
Thanks, she smoked daily up to two packs from 17 to 80, and eats a regular diet that includes tons of bad stuff. Drinks lots of black coffee, imbibes in a bit of booze, white wine and adores dark chocolate. Her favorite thing is candied ginger especial when she can have preserved ginger marmalade on oat cakes. Processed and boxed, frozen or canned foods are all right up her ally. She eats a limited number of fresh fruits and veggies so it sure isn't her diet that keeps her going. Our grocery baskets are significantly different.
She reads, does crossword puzzles and just keeps busy. She travels because as she says, "I can". She is most happy when just cruising about looking at what is before her. Loves to people watch all over the world. She takes copious notes about everything especial her travels. She has her whole life on film, mostly slides since the 50's. She is an avid photographer as was her father, though now she only uses a little Canon digital camera as lugging her old Pentex with lenses was getting too much for her to enjoy. I guess working into her 80's has kept her going too. Good genes on her side of the family. Her only sibling is her baby sister in Calif who is 95. She isn't as mobile as Mom but pretty remarkable too. My dad died at 67 of Heart Attack so I hope I have hers. Patti
The weather gave a real scare last night. DD2 was at boyfriend's house so I texted her that there was ice under the snow and on the roads so be careful and consider letting us know if her boyfriend's parents would just put her up for the night. Well she decided to stay, as one might expect. Then today, DS went to drive her and the drive train gave out. I am so glad a guy was holding the wheel and it was daylight. Just recovering my peace of mind since I felt all last night that something bad would happen. Now the guys are in the garage for a late night repair job.
Feels like snow out there...I'm in the 3-5" range...picking up the car at noon today, sorry I have to drive it in the snow & get it dirty so fast! Patti, your Mom looks wonderful...my Mom, who will be 98 in Feb. looks great, gets around OK, but her mind is going...very sad to see...Rosemary, your intuition was working overtime...glad the kids were OK!
Here's to the older generation for their tenacity. Thanks for your kind thoughts, Marilyn.
3 pm is when our next snowstorm is expected but only a few inches, then heavy snow after 5 pm and through the night. I like this better because it is giving a warning before it gets bad.. Today DD2 is iceskaking at Boston Common with a dozen friends.
I'm a country girl used to big Illinois winters and driving on slippery roads. Not the same here. Often there's less warning before the roads are bad. People don't know how to drive in the conditions, and our town is among the worst because it is so cosmopolitan, and the newcomers and the teens don't understand how roads change with the noreasters.
Our storm is continuing, as it is supposed to snow into the morning hours. It's all white outside, but i doubt it's any more than half a foot deep yet. So far no power outages, knock on wood. So if the last storm was "Euclid" will this one be named Pascal?
Hi Pixie.Its been snowing since 7 o'clock Sat,night.Weatherman said another 5 inches added to the 14 inches we got last Wed.
#2 Path to hot tub
#3 Table and chairs.The hump on the table is a pile of tree boughs.
Pretty fancy.I wonder what they will look like when melted into deep snow.
I bought myself a single serve coffee system.It uses only ground coffee.It will take awhile befor I have he amounts just right,meantime I have a buzz longer in the day than usual.
Hamilton Beach Scoop.
28° with the sun trying to break through the clouds. rain yesterday afternoon changing to snow about 9 pm. About 4" of snow & DH trying to get the car doors unstuck & crusted ice off the windows. Plow came about 6:45 so driveway is drivable.
Temp is 25, but feels much colder as there is a nasty wind...hard to tell final amount of snow as drifting has occurred...my road is an icy mess, my driveway snowy...UGH! Pixie, the ice balls look very festive and cheery...Jo & Debi, too much snow for December...my niece drove from Pittsford yesterday, hit the storm, but she & Eric are safely here...
DH has been out with the snow blower. We must have gotten 4 to 6 last night. I am still in bed so I haven't been out, though I did get up yesterday for a couple hours and managed to organized all the Xmas stuff so the house is cleaned up. DH made a yummy onion soup for supper last night.. I feel like I have wasted a week and still under the weather. Looking at seeds today so not a total loss. Patti
Its 13* now. I am waiting for a warm spell like maybe 34-40 so there will be some melting.I am going stirr crazy with limited access to the outside.
I ordered some YAKTRAX to clip to my shoes.I lost one of my old pairs.My new ones will be GloGreen so I can se them in the bottom of the coat closet
Venturing out for the first time since Dec 23rd. Cold in Vt. It was 8 at 8:00 am. Not sure it has warmed up much since. Gray day.
Heading south today to drop DH and dogs off so they can get back to Nantucket. Plants in the GH need water. Hope they didn't freeze while we have been gone and didn't have the wood stove going at night which dumps excess heat into the GH. We shall see.
I am going to Boston to dog sit for family as promised months ago. I still don't feel great, but dogs are wonderful and the bed there is comfortable so I can continue to recover there just fine. I may get to the pottery studio if I feel like I won't infect the place. Hoping it isn't bone chilling cold when I am there as those dogs have to be walked. But from looking at all the reports around Boston, I am going to be cold. Patti
We got up to 17, now @ 9 but wind is 19mph so that drops us to approx. -8. Weatherman says -10 to -15 tonight , people need to get to the shelters as they are filling up fast. My heart just aches at the thought of the homeless out in this kinda of weather. :(
Thanks all. Got to Boston, actually Brookline, tonight and it is cold but didn't look at a thermometer. I stayed outside just long enough unpack a few things from the car and to bring my suitcase inside. My dog sitting responsibilities begin in the morning. I hope it isn't too cold or at least sunny and cold or those dogs will get a very short walk. But I feel much better tonight, finally. Fresh air will do me well.
May you all be spared of this current plague which I know is making the rounds all over the NE. Patti
Glad you're feeling better, Patti. Everyone at my house was sick before Christmas. I got it the least, just a stuffy head, runny nose and sneezing. My sis and nephew both had a pretty bad cold with lots of coughing, and it dragged on for a couple of weeks.
We just put up our bird feeder and I thought the birds were having trouble finding it, never realizing that it might be too cold, Robin. I never got the chance to bury the lower part of my rose bushes, so I'm hoping that this layer of ice and snow will provide the insulation that they need. It's 16 now but going up to about 30. Hope the gardens stay covered for a while. The good thing is that they were soaked before they froze.
9 here in Brookline, but sunny. Dogs got a short walk before I hollered uncle. Maine is too cold. I will take them out for another 5 min spin around the yard before I go to the studio for a couple hours. By the time I come back to play with them it should be up to 20. Patti
This year I added a thermostatically controlled outlet which assures a better temp control. In the past it would get too cold and too hot. Lost quite a few plants - mainly from being too hot and dried out. This year I will start the caladium and other bulbs there.The elephant ears in there is loving it!
Love seeing all the green grass where the snow has melted.
Bulbs sometimes show new growth during a typical winter
thaw, but it never seems to be a problem and they normally
bloom when they are suppose too. Worse is a frost
during the late spring. We still have a rose bush blooming.
Crazy weather. Patti
34° right now
there is a brush fire somewhere, the yard was filled with smoke last night and is still lingering, layer of smoke for miles, I took a different way home this morning to see if I could find anything but saw nothing