Welcome to sunny Mexico (NY)!

Lake Effect, Day 3.

The guy who was supposed to plow us out yesterday did indeed get his plow stuck. Lots of plows got stuck around here Tuesday. In fact, our village of Mexico went national on the Weather Channel because we got 57 inches of snow. Yeah, you read that correctly. 57 inches.

Take a peek at more photos sent to Channel 9 News from my neck of the woods. (Oswego is 12 miles away, Scriba about 6 miles (west), New Haven is a stone’s throw, Mexico, the back yard, and Parish is 6 miles (east).) Thanks to my little sister, Lisa, for the heads-up on the link.

By dinner time, I had cut a path about half-way down the driveway with my snowshoes. And then it snowed again last night. And we’re supposed to get another foot today, and possibly an additional foot tomorrow. No, I am not making this up. This is the Snow Belt. If weather like this were to hit Philly, the area would be crippled for a month. People here are prepared for it and view snow as a part of life. If you don’t like it, you should probably move south.

We have a friend with a payloader who will try to clear out the driveway today. I’ll let you know how that goes.

In the meantime, I’ll tunnel back into the paperwork on my desk, play music loudly (it will help shake the snow off the roof) and wear sunscreen and layers of wool whenever I go outside. (Current temp with wind chill -7 degrees.) I have to say, it is absolutley beautiful outside… this is better than Norway, Switzerland, or Colorado, plus it doesn’t cost as much to live here, and we don’t have snotty people.

This is my corner of heaven; chilly but breath-taking.

Image and video hosting by TinyPic Welcome to sunny Mexico (NY)! (This is what the front woods looked like as the sun headed west yesterday afternoon.)

12 Replies to “Welcome to sunny Mexico (NY)!”

  1. The snow makes everything look so clean and fresh. Taking a brisk walk in it (if you can manage) seems to give you all kinds of energy and fresh ideas, doesn’t it? The only thing is, the novelty of it wears off after a couple days of shoveling, snow plowing and all that goes with it. By the way–your pictures are great! Thanks for sharing.

  2. Snot very nice. . .

    Why diss Colorado? (Or Norway and Switzerland for that matter.) I have yet to meet a snotty Coloradan and I’ve lived here four years. Unless you’re talking about our noses running more here than in your neck of the woods.

    –one of your fans in Colorado

    1. Re: Snot very nice. . .

      My bad. Our noses run in solidarity.

      I’ve met plenty of very nice folks in Colorado, esp. at a conference in Northern Colorado State not too long ago. Also had a great time both on vacation and at conferences in Boulder and Colorado Springs.

      What I was thinking of – and did not explain well – was the sense that it is only the wealthy who have access to natural beauty…. the people who can afford to ski and own winter vacation places, etc.

      I was trying to say that the concept of “there’s no place like home” is the truth for me.

      Too often kids in this area (and in other rural places) get the sense that where they are from is something to be ashamed of, because it is not filled with malls or car dealerships, or folks with more money than common sense. I think there is more to life than Neiman Marcus.

      Thanks for the poke and for giving me the chance to explain better!

  3. Pretty glad I’m not at home now, so I don’t have to shovel for two days straight. 😉 I don’t remember getting this much snow in such a short amount of time in years.

    Channel 9 has some great pictures that people have sent in, too.

    little quirk

  4. Hell, I wish we would get more snow. We got maybe half an inch, last night, here in Philly.

    BTW, I’ve been reading Barbara Hambly’s newly-published Patriot Hearts, about the first three first ladies and Sally Hemings, and am enjoying it very much. With your interests, you should check it out.

  5. Wow, I wish we had that much snow, or any snow for that matter. We have a day off school because of … um … sever weather … it hasn’t even snowed!

    That pictures beautiful, it reminds me of sometime when it was quite frosty and misty. A street light was shining through a tree and you could see each beam of light and the ice on the tree. 😀

    Have fun with your paperwork!

  6. It’s weather like this that makes me soooo grateful I’m not commuting to school in Syracuse everyday. Otherwise, I would not have made it to classes at all this week!!

    P.S. If you’re not busy the weekend of March 3, prepare to be invaded by Quirky people in your neck of the woods!!

    Big Quirk (the newly engaged!)

  7. Speak response

    Hi Laurie

    I am part of a teaching literacy class and we read Speak. This book was really an eye opener to me, as far as using a nightmare for fuel to write a story. The story didn’t make me sweat until the end, but, for the majority of the story I felt that dull blunt pain, from the character. I enjoyed your book and the inspiration to young rape victims to ‘speak.’

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