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gardenmart

gardenmart
Saugus, MA
(Zone 6b)

February 8, 2013
11:58 PM

Post #9412761

Naturally, as I wished to leave for my vacation in Florida later today, there had to be the largest snowstorm we've had in years. Sigh. The wind is howling so loudly that I can't sleep, so I thought I would post this to find out how you all are bearing up. So far, knock on wood, we still have power but there's tons of snow out there still coming down. Hope you are all safe and if I ever get to Florida this week, I will post pictures of the botanic gardens I am going to visit.
Martha

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

February 9, 2013
2:37 AM

Post #9412778

We have power and it's stopped snowing but we expect high winds today
.Accumulation about 14 inches.
I'll send pix when daylight gets here.

pixie62560

pixie62560
South China, ME
(Zone 5a)

February 9, 2013
2:41 AM

Post #9412782

So sorry Martha! What a disappointment!

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

February 9, 2013
3:34 AM

Post #9412787

Power outages might mean a quiet morning here on Daves.

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

February 9, 2013
4:05 AM

Post #9412792

Pix from this AM
Front with xmas decorations.Ground still frozen cant remove til March,maybe
#2 Tree Peony Garden
#3 front porch
#4 deck chairs
#5 Drivway

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AYankeeCat
Fairfield County, CT
(Zone 6b)

February 9, 2013
5:10 AM

Post #9412835

My backyard this morning. That fence is at least 6' high and the stick thing in the foreground is my solar clothes dryer. I got up at 4:30 am for a bathroom run and I was so glad because I noticed the snow piled up on the front window. I was able to get out the front door and saw that the inlet pipe for my boiler was under snow. I put on boots and coat and gloves and shoveled my way to clear the pipes and then saw that my neighbor's pipes, which are at least 4 feet off the ground, were close to the top of the snow piled against his house - so I had to walk through snow almost up to my waist to get over there and move his snow around. If I had waited to try and open the front door until this morning - I couldn't have. One of the neighbors kids climbed out a window to shovel so they could open their front door.

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pixie62560

pixie62560
South China, ME
(Zone 5a)

February 9, 2013
5:17 AM

Post #9412843

Glad your OK Yank & Allison. The drifts are terrible...cannot see where the driveway ends and the road starts!

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

February 9, 2013
5:23 AM

Post #9412851

Pixie: Guess what you will be doing until Monday.

pixie62560

pixie62560
South China, ME
(Zone 5a)

February 9, 2013
5:49 AM

Post #9412871

NO, NO, NO ...This was a very GOOD investment. :)

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ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

February 9, 2013
6:04 AM

Post #9412885

Genius I would say.Look at that loader.Soooo impressive.

gardenmart

gardenmart
Saugus, MA
(Zone 6b)

February 9, 2013
6:25 AM

Post #9412913

My DH has judged the snow here in spots to be at least "two Lhasa Apsos high". All flights in and out of Logan have been cancelled for today. For scientific reference purposes, a Lhasa Apso Unit is approximately 13 inches, or the height of our dog at his withers. Here's an picture of our standard measurement. Toby the Lhasa Apso wearing his Lilac Sunday bandana.
Martha

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AYankeeCat
Fairfield County, CT
(Zone 6b)

February 9, 2013
6:37 AM

Post #9412925

LOL!

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

February 9, 2013
6:54 AM

Post #9412941

LOL my cat only goes to the door.He is finally smart in his old age.
Jan23
Salem Cnty, NJ
(Zone 7b)

February 9, 2013
6:54 AM

Post #9412942

Very funny! I have been thinking about all of you in the midst. We dodged the bullet this time and had NO snow.

Safe travels when you can get out.
AYankeeCat
Fairfield County, CT
(Zone 6b)

February 9, 2013
7:31 AM

Post #9412975

My stray cat slept in the heated cat house last night but came in this morning and won't go out. My dear neighbors used their blower to clear the sidewalk in front of my house and the neighbors. I had already cleared a narrow path across my house but one of his trucks is parked in my neighbors driveway so I saw him checking on his truck when he got over there. I still need to clear my neighbors walk to the house - but he doesn't live there so I suppose there is no hurry. Neighbor couldn't even get his pickup truck out of his driveway even with a plow on the front. He was using the snow blower to dig out the plow!

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

February 9, 2013
9:01 AM

Post #9413038

Lif just isnt fair

RosemaryK

RosemaryK
Lexington, MA
(Zone 6a)

February 9, 2013
9:29 AM

Post #9413053

Sounds like cats and Lhasas are doing OK. Love the new unit of measurement.

I shared a few shots of my snow dog on the pets forum.

Here's cleanup in front of our house. Can't say the sun is out, but it has stopped snowing. We guestimate two Lhasas of snow except for the many drifts.

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elsie
Lafayette, NJ
(Zone 6a)

February 9, 2013
9:44 AM

Post #9413069

We got about 7 inches in northern NJ - way up north. It's sunny and the wind has been picking up. Not fun cleaning it up as it comes right back in your face in the wind. My neighbor used his snowblower this morning and the plume of snow was higher than his house - the wind just picked it up and took it off. It was actually very pretty.

I hope everyone is safe and warm.

pixie62560

pixie62560
South China, ME
(Zone 5a)

February 9, 2013
5:07 PM

Post #9413524

Hope everyone has power and is safe and warm.

1) It starts...Friday morning 7am
2) Sat. morning 5 am
3) this afternoon around 2pm
4 & 5) @ 3:30pm

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pixie62560

pixie62560
South China, ME
(Zone 5a)

February 9, 2013
5:09 PM

Post #9413527

1) On the outside...
2) On the inside...
3 & 4) Supplies ^_^

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AYankeeCat
Fairfield County, CT
(Zone 6b)

February 9, 2013
5:23 PM

Post #9413538

Still haven't seen a plow. Saw people walking to the gas station and the store in thigh-high snow. Stray cat is snuggling on a rug in the living room. Found out that he knows what a cat box is and how to use it. Still I don't trust him in the house. Hate to do it - but out he goes to his heated box on the porch.

gardenmart

gardenmart
Saugus, MA
(Zone 6b)

February 9, 2013
8:57 PM

Post #9413746

My son has been out with his snowblower and shovel all day. Hopefully the sun tomorrow will melt some of this stuff off the road. Plows have been through and people can get out. Not that we could go anywhere until 4 pm here in MA as that was when the Governor lifted the road closures. My vacation departure set back to Monday afternoon at 4.
Martha
Rose1959
Norwich, CT
(Zone 6a)

February 9, 2013
9:02 PM

Post #9413753

I could spend 2 weeks in Naples, Florida. The thought is very appealing.

RosemaryK

RosemaryK
Lexington, MA
(Zone 6a)

February 10, 2013
6:42 AM

Post #9413955

I hope Selby Gardens is one of your destinations in Florida, Martha. I totally love that place. Haven't been there for a lot of years, though.

gardenmart

gardenmart
Saugus, MA
(Zone 6b)

February 10, 2013
11:33 AM

Post #9414247

Here's some snowdrift outside my kitchen door and my driveway as of early this morning. It's pretty much cleared down to the pavement now as the sun has been shining on it all day.
Martha

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gardenmart

gardenmart
Saugus, MA
(Zone 6b)

February 10, 2013
11:37 AM

Post #9414252

We won't be on that side of Florida Rosemary. We will be going to Heathcote BG in Ft. Pierce, Mount BG in West Palm and Fairchild BG in Coral Gables.
Martha

RosemaryK

RosemaryK
Lexington, MA
(Zone 6a)

February 10, 2013
12:04 PM

Post #9414299

Ohh! Hope you share pictures.

ROBINDOG

ROBINDOG
Thomaston, CT

February 10, 2013
3:14 PM

Post #9414502

Needed Pixie's snow machine today...the drive is opened except for 2 four ' drifts on either side of garage door...while I was at hospital, plow came & took tops of snowbanks down...landed in my drive...if I didn't have 4x4, I wouldn't have gotten in...managed to shovel some of it, but not all...just too heavy...
AYankeeCat
Fairfield County, CT
(Zone 6b)

February 10, 2013
3:27 PM

Post #9414527

Don't know when we will see a plow. Heard that Main Street is still blocked with abandoned cars including an ambulance and a tractor trailer turned sideways across the street! The is no gasoline available. Bridgeport schools are closed until at least Wednesday.
Rose1959
Norwich, CT
(Zone 6a)

February 10, 2013
3:31 PM

Post #9414535

I went to Selby Gardens last year. If I ever win the lotary I want a property like that, right on the ocean.

pixie62560

pixie62560
South China, ME
(Zone 5a)

February 11, 2013
2:42 AM

Post #9414959

Snowfall totals ~ CT got SLAMMED!

1. Hamden, Conn. 40.0"
2. Milford, Conn. 38.0"
3. Clintonville, Conn. 37.0"
4. Oxford, Conn. 36.2"
5. North Branford, Conn. 36.0"
5. Meriden, Conn. 36.0"
7. Gorham, Maine. 35.5"
7. East Haddam, Conn. 35.5"
9. Fairfield, Conn. 35.0"
9. Wallingford, Conn. 35.0"
9. Yalesville, Conn. 35.0"
12. West Boylston, Mass. 34.5"
13. New Haven, Conn. 34.3"
14. West Haven, Conn. 34.0"
15. Northford, Conn. 33.5"
15. Medford, New York 33.5"
17. East Haven, Conn. 33.0"
17. Guilford, Conn. 33.0"
17. New Hartford, Conn. 33.0"
17. Stratford, Conn. 33.0"
17. Wolcott, Conn. 33.0"
22. Madison, Conn. 32.0"
22. Manchester, Conn. 32.0"
22. North Guilford, Conn. 32.0"
22. Waterbury, Conn. 32.0"
22. Berwick, Maine 32.0"
22. Centereach, New York: 32.0"
28. Portland, Maine 31.9"
29. Stoughton, Mass. 31.5"
30. Colchester, Conn. 31.0"
30. Weatogue, Conn. 31.0"
30. Spencer, Mass. 31.0"
33. Upton, New York 30.9"
34. Central Islip, New York 30.7"
35. Coventry, Conn. 30.5"
35. Tolland, Conn. 30.5"
35. Framingham, Mass. 30.5"
38. New Boston, N.H. 30.4"
39. Fitchburg, Mass. 30.2"
39. Winchester, Mass. 30.2"
41. Bridgeport, Conn. 30.0"
41. Monroe, Conn. 30.0"
41. Naugatuck, Conn. 30.0"
41. Old Saybrook, Conn. 30.0"
41. Quincy, Mass. 30.0"
41. Mount Vernon, N.H. 30.0"
AYankeeCat
Fairfield County, CT
(Zone 6b)

February 11, 2013
4:34 AM

Post #9415016

Missed Bridgeport at 30". The Mayor promised to have us all dug out by Sunday - that is February 17th.

pixie62560

pixie62560
South China, ME
(Zone 5a)

February 11, 2013
4:37 AM

Post #9415020

Sorry! Got that from of the weather/news stations, not my list.
AYankeeCat
Fairfield County, CT
(Zone 6b)

February 11, 2013
4:39 AM

Post #9415023

That's OK - just had to whine a little.

pixie62560

pixie62560
South China, ME
(Zone 5a)

February 11, 2013
4:41 AM

Post #9415026

I don't blame you!!! I'd whine too.

ROBINDOG

ROBINDOG
Thomaston, CT

February 11, 2013
5:17 AM

Post #9415050

I'm whining, too...worried about the heavy rain today, with the heavy snow on my roof!
Jan23
Salem Cnty, NJ
(Zone 7b)

February 11, 2013
5:55 AM

Post #9415084

Praying for no problems with the rain on top of this mess.
AYankeeCat
Fairfield County, CT
(Zone 6b)

February 11, 2013
6:49 AM

Post #9415156

I will join you in prayer on that.

pixie62560

pixie62560
South China, ME
(Zone 5a)

February 11, 2013
6:57 AM

Post #9415168

Ditto
AYankeeCat
Fairfield County, CT
(Zone 6b)

February 11, 2013
7:06 AM

Post #9415183

Amusing myself by watching people in vehicles trying to drive down the street. Even a huge wrecker couldn't get through. A neighbor thought he was going to work in his van because there has been some plowing by neighbors with plows on their pickups - he was lucky to get back IN his driveway.

ROBINDOG

ROBINDOG
Thomaston, CT

February 11, 2013
4:52 PM

Post #9415961

TV showed lots of folks snowblowing their streets...
AYankeeCat
Fairfield County, CT
(Zone 6b)

February 12, 2013
5:10 AM

Post #9416363

The city published a list of streets that have been cleared so far. It is a TINY fraction of the streets in this huge city. The travel ban is still in effect and schools are closed through Wednesday - so far. The National Guard is in place in some neighborhoods. It is a mess.

ROBINDOG

ROBINDOG
Thomaston, CT

February 12, 2013
5:25 AM

Post #9416381

Memory, how awful! I thought Waterbury was bad, but not as bad as Bridgeport!
AYankeeCat
Fairfield County, CT
(Zone 6b)

February 12, 2013
6:17 AM

Post #9416431

That is kinda Bridgeport's claim to fame. It is a "machine" city and the machine doesn't work that well. Our ex-ayor who went to prison for years tried to run for Mayor again (Ganium). The Mayor after him testified on the BEHALF of a pedifile and the current Mayor was fired for incompetence from every other job he had ever had.

ROBINDOG

ROBINDOG
Thomaston, CT

February 12, 2013
1:58 PM

Post #9416862

Yep...sounds like Waterbury...lots of melting today, I managed to chip away at the now only 3' drifts...

ROBINDOG

ROBINDOG
Thomaston, CT

February 13, 2013
5:15 AM

Post #9417456

Waterbury got creative to solve their snow problems...they put an article in the paper & announcements on the radio for anyone, especially teens home from school, to come shovel out City Hall, & the city's schools...the PAL would pay them minimum wage...yesterday, City Hall was totally cleared, shuttle buses brought the kids to the schools, & 4 are completely clear...10 more to go...mayor is hoping all are done today...doing it through PAL absolved city of liability...hoping FEMA will kick in some money...
AYankeeCat
Fairfield County, CT
(Zone 6b)

February 13, 2013
8:21 AM

Post #9417641

Still haven't seen a payloader on my street. My keyboard was dead when I got up this morning. Walked to Stapels and got a $15 keyboard but I have to run it off a hub because my computer is so old it had the old port for the keyboard and Stapels didn't have a converter. At least I am back in the game. The sidewalks are not cleared on Main Street and it was a nightmare trying to walk the 4 blocks. I fell once and had to buy bandaids to stop the bleeding (little cut - but it kept on bleeding). Hope we don't get much snow tonight.
coleup
annapolis, MD
(Zone 7b)

February 13, 2013
9:43 AM

Post #9417747

Kudos to Waterbury! Lots of us could benefit to a page or two from that creative elegant solutions play book.

ROBINDOG

ROBINDOG
Thomaston, CT

February 13, 2013
12:10 PM

Post #9417880

Memory! So sorry you fell...very frustrating trying to walk in this stuff...the state park on our town line has been cleared of snow...the road & parking spaces are bare...folks have been snowshoeing & Xcountry skiing, so I walked in those paths for a little while...then the snow became softer, & I started to sink, so I turned around, went back to the pavement...

flowAjen

flowAjen
central, NJ
(Zone 6b)

February 13, 2013
1:05 PM

Post #9417925

Snow from the weekend...I miss it!!! snow is all melted and the yard is just really soaked now

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ROBINDOG

ROBINDOG
Thomaston, CT

February 13, 2013
3:18 PM

Post #9418100

Jen...not another word, or I will send you everything I have, including the now shrunken-to-4' drifts!

pixie62560

pixie62560
South China, ME
(Zone 5a)

February 13, 2013
3:45 PM

Post #9418131

We lost alot of it today ^_^ ^_^ ^_^ In the sun it was 46 @ one point!!!!!

flowAjen

flowAjen
central, NJ
(Zone 6b)

February 13, 2013
6:58 PM

Post #9418345

You can send it all!

ROBINDOG

ROBINDOG
Thomaston, CT

February 14, 2013
5:14 AM

Post #9418610

More snow coming on Friday night? I've had it!
AYankeeCat
Fairfield County, CT
(Zone 6b)

February 14, 2013
10:49 AM

Post #9418990

Me too! Just have to decide whether to move to Virginia or Arizona as I have sisters in both places.

ROBINDOG

ROBINDOG
Thomaston, CT

February 14, 2013
3:40 PM

Post #9419200

Would love to move to FL, but not in the summer...

flowAjen

flowAjen
central, NJ
(Zone 6b)

February 14, 2013
7:24 PM

Post #9419404

Would love to move to VA, don't know if I could do AZ, I need green grass
Couldn't deal with the FL humidity
AYankeeCat
Fairfield County, CT
(Zone 6b)

February 15, 2013
6:53 AM

Post #9419751

I love the simplicity of the desert and the colors. I would tear up the grass and plant something I could eat anyway. :)

flowAjen

flowAjen
central, NJ
(Zone 6b)

February 15, 2013
8:14 AM

Post #9419819

I think North AZ actually has green(can't remember the exact town, it began with a "P", was looking at prices a couple years ago, the picks looked like they could have been from the NE)...but then you get to deal with snow too
AYankeeCat
Fairfield County, CT
(Zone 6b)

February 15, 2013
10:13 AM

Post #9419917

Prescott?

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