Photos from Storm, Day 4

It took about an hour, but I made it to the road on my now much-adored snowshoes. We are up to 72 inches of new snow and counting.

Image and video hosting by TinyPic This is the view from the road looking up the driveway.

Image and video hosting by TinyPic Can you see that dark speck? That is the top edge of our mailbox.

Image and video hosting by TinyPic The pay loader arrives!!! Wahoo!!!!

Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting North country neighborliness. Thank you, Al!!!

Image and video hosting by TinyPic Our trees are stunning. Here are some of the pines.

Photobucket - Video and Image HostingOne of the old, elegant maple trees.

Image and video hosting by TinyPic Another old girl.

Image and video hosting by TinyPic I spent about an hour tromping around outside. I can’t really explain what this weather does for me. There is something about the taste of the air when it’s snowing, something in the wind that echoes deep in my bones. Winter soothes me.

Several of you have emailed me asking about my parents, which is very kind. They live in an apartment building down in the village. The plows have kept their parking lot clear so, heaven forbid, if an emergency vehicle had to fetch one of them, it could. They have food, water, phone, and heat, and are loving the front-row seat to all this snow. We could get down there on snowshoe, if necessary. Now that the driveway is getting dug out, it looks like we could drive too, though the reports we’ve heard from some friends in law enforcement make it clear that driving is not a smart thing to do today.

I have decided to blow off my paperwork. Some days, a girl just has to bake. We are expecting the snow to continue for several more days.

32 Replies to “Photos from Storm, Day 4”

  1. Thanks!

    Laurie,

    I live in Oswego, NY and am FED UP with all this snow. Stressed out about it, too.

    Thank you for making it sound like a peaceful winter fairy tale… I needed that. It really IS beautiful.

    Take care and stay warm!

  2. You probably already thought of this, but just in case you didn’t, watch out for falling branches on those trees when you’re out walking around. The weight of the snow may cause some of the rotted ones to crack off and they could be pretty heavy–I just wouldn’t want you to be hurt! Have fun out there! :0)

  3. Here in Cleveland I usually tell people I do live here and I add, “Yeah, on purpose.” Funny little line I made up. Good icebreaker.

    But to have to live with that mountainous pile of white fluff every year where YOU are….yoiks!

    I am thinking of relocating to California one day as soon as I get published or win the lottery and that day can’t come too soon.

    Be safe though- be careful the next few days until the sun melts some of that stuff.

    Maybe make a big snow-angel and post it for us!

  4. I’ve never in my life seen over a foot of snow in person. MAYBE 6 inches at some point…but probably not more than once or twice. I’m jealous.

  5. Thanks for sharing the beautiful photos. I’ve enjoyed following your latest storm. I live in snow country too, but we’re having a very dry winter. *pouts*

  6. AWESOME pics – thanks for sharing! It was snowing here in Syracuse, but *leans over to peer out window at other end of dept.* I think I see THE SUN!! It’s gorgeous out there.

    How difficult is it to learn to snowshoe? My daughter’s school landed some grant money to buy snowshoes for all the 2nd graders – she’s excited to learn!

    1. The snowshoeing is very easy, once you come to grips with how dense the snow is. If it is already hard-packed, you’ll stay close to the top. If it is light and fluffy, you will plunge deep with each step, tho’ not as deep as if you were just wearing boots.

      Without snowshoes, I would not have been able to get around, because the snow is deeper than I am tall. With the snowshoes, each time I planted a foot, I would sink down until the snow reached my hips. It was very slow-going and an incredibly-good aerobic workout!

      I LOVE that they are teaching 2nd graders to do this!!! What school, may I ask?

      1. Molly goes to Ed Smith School – it’s part of the Syracuse City School District. I love her school – they are always doing wonderful things for the kidlets there.

  7. I’m a newbie to your LJ. LOVE your pictures. I grew up in Granby, grew up with the wonderful snow. I’m missing it now. Just a mere 45 min drive from where I grew up, but we don’t get squat. I am tempted to drive to Oswego/Mexico and come visit just so I can be in it.

    This weather sits well with my soul. I understand.

  8. Yeah, right. I like that part about “WE can snowshoe down there . . ” Please remind the owner of The Knee to sit this one out.

    How about making a little maple sugar candy? Your mom taught me how to do that by drizzling the boiled syrup over a pan of new snow.

    You might want to put a GPS on CWF. It looks like you could lose her out there. I am so jealous.

    1. Ooooh, the maple sugar candy on snow reminds me of Little House in the Big Woods. I think it’s time to start reading those books to my kidlet.

  9. I live in Auburn and we only have about a foot, and roads are clear (although it started to steadily snow about an hour ago so who knows). But I go to school up by Great Northern mall and it’s not as clear up there. I would love the snow too, if I didn’t have to drive an hour to school and work in it everyday. I took a mental health day today to just enjoy to snow & be comfy & drink some tea. And read a book of course! =]

    The pictures are beautiful.

  10. I’m in Geneseo, and while it’s pretty windy here, we haven’t had much snow. Someone said a storm should be here this weekend… uhh something to look forward to…? I walk a mile to classes. Poo! I wish I had snowshoes.

  11. It’s the middle of summer here, and we have to worry about it being so hot that the gum trees ‘drop’ branches to conserve water.

    You are consistently making me so very, very jealous.

    1. The Internet is so freaking cool that I am talking to you… in Australia. I am going to hold my head in my hands now. Wow.

      (I will try to send some moisture your way!)

  12. Wow, I have never seen so much snow. It is like Currier & Ives come to life.

    I imagine that you are used to this, and have lots and lots of canned food on hand, probably several cords of firewood, too. If ever there was an excuse for hot cocoa with marshmallows…

    I heard NPR proclaim that more snow is on the way to Mexico, NY, so you are not allowed to stop blogging or people all over the world are going to wonder if your whole house got swallowed up by the pretty white stuff.

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