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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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...
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