“Snow provokes responses that reach right back to childhood.”

Last night I was fretful and had trouble getting to sleep. The wind howled and had that runaway train sound. Gusts blew up to 55+ miles. I woke up every hour and checked my old clock radio to see if the time was still lit. Finally around 4:30 I fell asleep. When I woke up at 8, it took a minute or two before I remembered to check the radio. It was still lit. Glory! Glory! I have electricity. When I came downstairs, I had trouble getting the back door open. I had to really push to move the snow. When the door opened, Gracie took one look out then looked at me. I could read her question, “Do you really expect me to go out in that?” I closed the door. She was relieved. I don’t know how long it will be before she has no choice but to go out. I wouldn’t mind if she went on the deck, but she never has.

No plow has yet to tackle my street. The snow is drifting, borne by the wind. My car is perfectly cleared of snow. Last night it was covered. I can’t see out of most of my windows as the mesh of the screens has caught the snow. I watched the news for a while, but it is all the same, a rehash of the weather, live shots of some poor on-site reporter being buffeted by the wind and no schools listings still running along the bottom. By now you’d expect that every one knows the schools are closed.

I am not a fan of daytime TV, but Doctor Who, the David Tennant Doctor Who, is on BBC. The Doctor and his companion, Donna Noble, are in ancient Pompeii, on Volcano Day. The current Doctor has a major part in this episode. I wonder if someone remembered him when they went looking for the newest doctor. During commercials I looked in on the Lone Ranger, a regular on CoziTV. I like how the sets transition from real outside to an inside house. When the door is opened, you can see the fake scenery outside the door. A stagecoach was being driven outside on a dirt road. When the coach was stopped, it was inside. I laughed at the prisoner handcuffed to the deputy. His eyes kept shifting back and forth. He was obviously the proverbial bad guy.

We are only about half-way through the storm.

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43 Comments on ““Snow provokes responses that reach right back to childhood.””

  1. Ted Says:

    Glad you’ve still got power. Same here on the Cranberry Isles, Maine. Lots of wind, drifting snow, but it’s lightweight stuff so no lines down yet. I think your area was scheduled to get hit the worst, but it’s coming this way still.

    • katry Says:

      I had braced myself for a cold house and no way to cook. Usually I am among the first to lose my electricity.

      They claim the snow will fall until early evening. The wind is still howling, and something keeps banging the side of the house. I had the branches, which touched the house, cut down so I don’t know what it is. I am not checking either!

  2. Hedley Says:


    No Daleks ? That sucks

    If you have Netflix, go watch “Broadchurch” starring Mr Tennant and Olivia Colman, it is absolutely fab and will entertain you through 8 episodes.

    Stay warm

    • katry Says:

      My Dear Hedley,
      I loved Broadchurch. I watched it when it first appeared on TV a year or so ago.

      No Daleks-fiery giant golems from the lava.

      • Hedley Says:

        Right, then have you tried “The Honorable Woman” ?

      • katry Says:

        No, I haven’t. Tell me more.

      • im6 Says:

        “The Honourable Woman” was frustrating for me. Well done, but I’m not sure I would recommend it. Instead, if you’re going to get all British on us, I’d suggest you check out “Black Mirror,” a Twilight Zone-ish anthology series. There were a couple of them I didn’t like, but a couple that just knocked my socks off: Episode 1 of Season 1 (“The National Anthem”) was weird and funny and very, very perverse. Episode 1 of Season 2 (“Be Right Back”) is nice and creepy. They’re both streaming on Netflix.

      • katry Says:

        You know how much I enjoy eerie and creepy so that sounds perfect.


      • im6 Says:

        Let me know what you think. You don’t need to watch them in order, so I hope you’ll watch those I recommended and get back with your review (“The National Anthem” is so outlandish — or is it? — that it had me laughing right up until the end).

      • katry Says:

        I just have to subscribe no Netflix. I really hadn’t had enough of a good reason before this.

      • im6 Says:

        Oh, you have some wonderful times ahead. Do. Not. Miss. “House Of Cards,” but be sure you watch from the beginning, in order. It’s delicious!

      • katry Says:

        I could never watch anything out of order. I’d probably get hives.

      • Hedley Says:

        Kat. Here is an extract from the New York Times review of The Honorable Woman

        “a BBC series that is excellent and also amusingly solipsistic:”

        For the first three shows you will lack clarity which is resolved in the 4th episode.

        so do sniff around the Internet for other reviews and ratings and try to catch the series…along with “Happy Valley”

      • im6 Says:

        And be sure you use your closed captions options! Agree re: “Happy Valley.”

      • katry Says:

        Thanks for hunting down that information and for the closed caption hint.

      • Hedley Says:

        Kat, you might want to flirt with Grantchester which has just started on PBS. A stylized 50s murder mystery with the very excellent James Norton not being excessively naughty.

      • katry Says:

        It sounds perfect for me. I’ll be housebound again tomorrow so I can do On Demand.

  3. greg washington Says:

    glad everything is (so far) so good. I like donna noble…it was the best work I had ever seen catherine tate do. haven’t watched any of the new dr…so far we have declined to give Comcast that extra hundred dollars or so. I went thru withdrawl at Christmas, the Christmas ep being a tradition. I watched the snowmen again instead….best of warmth to you!!!

    • katry Says:

      Thanks-I need all that warmth as my hands are cold even with the heat.

      I pay Comcast an exorbitant monthly rate, but I have a weakness for movies so I have all the channels.

      I took a few episodes to get used to the new Doctor but that happens every time he is changed. I didn’t like Matt Smith at first then I liked him, same with David Tennant.

      Love the snowmen.

  4. olof1 Says:

    So far so good then! I do hope the power keeps on comming through the entire storm! But I’ve heard it isn’t as bad as they said it would be though. Well any snow is too much really 🙂

    Daytime tv is usually crap, even on the knowledge channel here. No Doctor Who unfortunately, I really need to buy as many episodes I can because I really like that show!

    I’m the one hesitant to let my dogs out now since we have at least two wolves walking around here. So I walk out with them into the garden hurrying them as much as I can, they might like this weather but I don’t 🙂

    Have a great snowstorm day!

    • katry Says:

      I think it depends on where you are how bad the storm is. A couple of places on Cape already have 2 feet, and the storm still has hours until finished. The wind is horrific. I can’t see out any doors or windows. Poor Gracie won’t go outside.

      The good thing about the wind is it is blowing the snow and keeping it shifting from the electric lines. Plymouth and a few places up cape have lost their lights. The atomic energy plant is running on generators.

      • Ted Says:

        Ack. My wife’s brother and his wife just moved to Plymouth. Oh, well. Still got power here off the coast of Maine, but I don’t know why.

        Your best quote of the day: “The atomic energy plant is running on generators.” 😀

      • katry Says:

        I love the irony of that. I thought the whole thin was funny. They ended the info with none is in danger,

  5. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    Glad to see that you have electricity. The early reports sounded bad but I guess they were right on all of those.

    The plows came down my street many times last night. Every time one did, Piki Dog would start barking and Rocky would run to the window to see what was going on and I would wake up. Piki would come right back to bed but Rocky would hang at the window for 15 or 20 minutes. Just enough time for me to start slipping back into sleep. At that point Rocky would come back and make his low, irritating growl that means Piki is in my spot and You have to move him. Woke me up every time.

    This morning I snow blowed. I made a space for the dogs. They declined to use it until much, much later. Don’t blame them. I had to dig a spot for Piki underneath the neighbor’s arbor vitae. He was happy. You can’t see any of the places I cleared off anymore.

    We are all snuggled up on the couch. I hope you all are too. Stay warm and enjoy the day.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      I am feeling so totally lucky to have electricity. It is still snowing, and the wind continues to howl. Gracie won’t go outside, and I don’t blame her, but she had rung her bells so she really has to go. The snow is higher than her legs so she really can’t pee. I put down papers, but I doubt she even knows what to do with them. I feel so bad for her. With my heart issues, I really consider shovel dangerous for me. My dad died after shoveling.

      I do have a plow, shovel the path guy, but he won’t make it until tomorrow.

      Gracie is beside me on the couch. The cats are asleep on different pieces of furniture. The only real noise is the wind.

      Stay snuggled!

  6. Birgit Says:

    Glad to know that you still have electricity. I watched some videos on YouTube just to believe this incredible amount of snow. I missed polar bears in this videos.
    Good luck and stay warm and please post a short note tomorrow (Wednesday) if possible so that we don’t need to worry.

    • katry Says:

      I will definitely give you an update tomorrow.

      The snow never ends. It just keeps falling and the wind keeps blowing. Poor Gracie hasn’t been outside since midnight. I put down newspapers, but she’ll never use them no matter how much encouragement I give her.

      • Birgit Says:

        Could perhaps cat litter on the papers help as a hint for Gracie? Just a thought.

      • katry Says:

        I don’t think she even knows what litter is, but at this point I’ll try anything. I feel so bad for the poor dog.

  7. Annie Says:

    Thinking of you Kat, Gracie, Fern & Maddie, so glad you have electricity.
    Stay warm & safe. xx

  8. Bob Says:

    The storm spared NYC of really bad conditions but Boston was hit with more snow. Sounds like you are doing ok. How much snow did you get?

    Today the sun is shining brightly with a high of 77 degrees. As Will Rodgers said, “If you don’t like Texas weather, just wait a minute and it will change”. He also said he never met a man he didn’t like. He died too early to have met Mitch McConnell and John Bainer. 🙂

    • katry Says:

      We have almost 20 inches and it is still snowing. I can’t open either door, the snow is too high.

      Sorry about Will Rogers as he never said that. Actually it was Mark Twain who said, “If you don’t like the weather in New England now, just wait a few minutes.”

      Others have changed the New England in the original quote and added their own states and even countries which is how Texas became a new addition to the original quote.

      Living in New England is a choice. Most of us like 4 different seasons. We complain about the snow but it is an expected part of winter as is the complaining. Considering this is the first real snow we’ve had so far this winter, we haven’t had a whole lot to complain about.

      • Bob Says:

        Ops, ok Mark Twain, I got my humorists confused. Here in Texas we get three seasons in one month. The only thing we haven’t received this month is snow. Glad you still have power, but 20 inches of snow is too much unless you come from Greenland. The best idea is to have enough resources to live in New England from May through October and spend the winter in Florida or Arizona.

        Stay warm.

      • katry Says:

        I have no interest in spending the winter in Florida though I do know a couple of people who do. I’d just add a month of each end: April to November.

        20 inches is a rare event. We here even missed the blizzard of 78 as the Cape got only 7 or 8 inches of snow. I can’t even get my storm doors opened.

        My plow guy will have a long day tomorrow. He does 3, including me, on this street plus he has other customers. He plows out the car and the mailbox and shovels out the walk and the steps.

        It is still snowing!

  9. t gibons Says:

    Is your deck at all open? Anyplace at all? That you can open a door? Does Gracie have a favorite treat? That you could lure her with—on to an unexpected pee place?

    She has to let go eventually. It’s a law of bladder fullness and control. It’s inevitable. She may end up releasing on your living room carpet. Bless her for hanging on so long. As all dogs know—you never dirty your den. She will let go when she absolutely has to. Hang in there…..it’s tuff to know our dogs are uncomfortable..

    So glad you are still warm. It keeps that dark cold away.

    • katry Says:

      I can’t even get the storm door opens as the snow is so high. She has a dog door and usually goes out the back door, but the snow has drifted there and the mound is about 4 or more feet tall.

      I tried to take her out front with me as there are only 2 steps instead of the 12 from the deck to the ground, but she back pedaled so much her collar came off with the leash.

      It’s true she has to go eventually. I put newspapers down and led her to them. They are right by that back door, her usual egress. I know she wants to go out as she has rung her doggie bells so I’d open the door for her. Every time I did she backed into the kitchen.

      I was just thinking how wonderfully comfortable the house is, how good supper tasted and how glad a couple of my programs are on TV.

      • t gibons Says:

        I remember the shower I took after 6 days of cold and no running water—hot or cold. BEST shower I ever had. Also the longest!

        Dogs have their habits and patterns. The older they are—-the stronger the habits.

        I lived in northern Maine for a few years. The winters—-o man—they were super. Snow up past the window sills…..blocking the doors…and it kept snowing and snowing. I loved it.

        Enjoy your evening.

      • katry Says:

        Gracie is nine. Boxers are given an 8-10 life span so she is an older dog. She even has a grey muzzle.

        When I lost electricity for so long the last time, I still had a working hot water heater. The problem was the house was so cold I didn’t want to get wet and freeze.

        Thanks! You also have a wonderful evening!

  10. Coleen Says:

    That last post made me happy that you are ok. Poor Gracie! I ended up only getting about 8 inches. “Snowmagedden”, indeed!

    • katry Says:

      I have more than enough I am willing to share. 8 inches is a pleasant amount!

      The snow outside my back door is now higher than Gracie!

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