“Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire: it is the time for home.”

You were probably not expecting a posting today but Birgit asked me to give you a weather up-date.

We have at least 20+ inches of snow, but the drifting from the heavy winds makes an accurate measurement difficult. Luckily, the snow ended up soft and fluffy so the dire predictions of electricity problems never happened here. The house is warm and the coffee freshly brewed.

The one big problem is Gracie and her getting outside to the yard because both storm doors can’t be opened because of the snow, but even if they could be, the snow on the steps and the path is far too high for her to trudge through which keeps Gracie house-bound. She won’t go on the newspapers I put down for her which made her restless all last night. I then had an inspiration and went down the cellar and found I could open the door and I noticed the snow was much less under the deck. The problem was Gracie won’t go down the cellar stairs. They are open stairs which scare dogs. Oddly enough, though, there are two sets of open stairs going from the deck to the yard and Gracie doesn’t have a problem going down either one. I decided to get her downstairs. She wouldn’t come to me suspecting the worst. I grabbed her collar and got her to the top of the stairs. I had to hold her body around her belly to keep her safe. Her legs fell through the stairs, but I got them back on track and kept going. All I could think about was being run over by the bins when I was taking them down the stairs, and here I was in a similar maneuver but with a dog who could struggle against me. I don’t know how but we both got down the stairs safely. I opened the door, Gracie went a couple of feet and squatted. I swear I could hear the loudest sigh of relief.

We have the same problem now, but she’s asleep so I figure she must be able to wait a bit. I’m not looking forward to the down the stairs struggle again, but it is the best I can do until Skip, my factotum, comes and digs me out.

I have a book, tasty food, warmth and a few good movies. I’ll be just fine. I hope Gracie will be too. Come on, Skip.

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22 Comments on ““Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire: it is the time for home.””

  1. MT C Says:


    Good to hear you are well and warm. AND with a relieved watered dog!


  2. Birgit Says:

    Glad to see you are well and have electricity. Thanks for the update.

  3. greg washington Says:

    thanks for the update. best to you….. and gracie.

  4. t gibons Says:

    I’m so glad you got her down those stairs without falling.

    I wish I had a Skip. My flower beds are a mess. My front porch needs repair. Trees need some trimming. The list goes on and on.

    • katry Says:

      Thanks, t

      The whole time I was flashing my last fall, but it was Gracie I was protecting so I was extra careful.

      My landscaper does my garden and trims trees, but Skip can repair the porch. He is quite handy and put new steps coming out of my house and changed a board out of the deck. He also put up and took down my Christmas lights. Come spring he’ll clean and open the deck. I like to amass chores so he can work a couple of days here. He’s a good guy.

  5. olof1 Says:

    I know how it is to struggle with a dog that just doesn’t want to do as we want them too 🙂 110 pound Orvar is noithing anybody forces to do anything 🙂 I’m glad it all went well and perhaps she’ll be more easy next time?

    Have a great day!

    • katry Says:

      I was so afraid she’d fall so I held her so tightly.

      I hope but doubt it will be easier later. She is fine for now, but she’ll have to go out some time today. I may nap to conserve energy for the struggle.

      Have a good evening.

  6. sprite Says:

    Glad to hear you got through the storm okay!

  7. im6 Says:

    I’ve been trying to think of something that might help with Gracie and I think I may be on to something. How about going to plumbing company and see if they have a box used to ship a water heater? You can store it flat, but when the weather gets bad, open it up and create a tunnel between the door and the deck stairs. Maybe even get two boxes if you need the length. You could put a plastic tarp over the “tunnel” if it needs waterproofing. This might not work if you have to push a door out (rather than in), but maybe you could prop the outside door open when it looks like a storm is coming. Just an idea.

    Glad you’re all well and warm and accident-free.

    • katry Says:

      That is a great idea except the steps get really covered in snow, and Gracie hesitates to go down if they are covered. We had less than an inch a while back, and I had to take her down with me so she wouldn’t be afraid.

      I like the idea of leaving the door open as I could then take her out and go with her. I’d do that now if I could get outside.

      Thanks for the great idea. No new bruises is a good thing.

  8. Ted Says:

    We had a dog named Gracie too, until two years ago. She wouldn’t go upstairs because when she was young the girls gave her a bath in the tub. For the rest of her life she wouldn’t go up there, and I don’t think she remembered why. She was half-lab, half-husky and the husky part hated water.

    • katry Says:

      Gracie was young when she was taught to go outside through the dog door. She then went down the stairs into the fenced in backyard. She never cared about those open stairs, but she was so scared of the open cellar stairs I couldn’t take her down today. It was a horrible struggle last night as she was so frightened. I know she needs to go out, but I am at a loss as to how.

      Dogs have good memories.

  9. Bob Says:

    Glad that you and Gracie survived the great blizzard so far. Hopefully, Gracie will be able to go outside through the regular doors tomorrow. Crazy weather today we hit 80 degrees. Tomorrow is forecast to be cooler with highs in the 60s with clouds and rain on the way for the weekend.

    • katry Says:

      I used my broom and was able to clear off the two front steps so she went out and squatted. She was about 1 inch from the top of the snow. I called my shovel/plow guy, and he got stuck 3 times today. It seems the next town over, Yarmouth, hasn’t plowed other than main roads. He says he’ll be here tomorrow.

      I haven’t been outside since before the storm started on Monday so I haven no idea of how the weather is. The temperature isn’t always an indicator.

      I am happy to have heat and lights!

  10. Coleen Burnett Says:

    So glad you have heat and electric and seemed to have survived…I’ll say it again, ‘Poor Gracie’…

    You have been on my mind a lot during this storm…Hercules, my landlord’s girlfriend’s boxer, was a special guest in the house over the course of the last couple of days…his girlfriend did not want to be alone if the forecasts here were to be believed (original numbers called for 36 inches) so my life was “Graced” once again with a dog. The pup was NOT thrilled to go outside and do whatever business was at hand. You know how dogs have expressions? I swear he was thinking something like, “Outside? In this? ARE YOU FREAKIN’ KIDDING ME?”

    Waving atop a snowbank in Jersey (which will probably not melt anytime soon),


    • katry Says:

      Hi Coleen,
      We have success. Gracie did all her business late last night, and this morning she went to the front door, went out and squatted. Maybe gross to write about, but I feel better for her.

      Boxers are smart dogs and intolerant of expectations. They finally give in but not without complaining. Gracie is, like all my boxers a talker. She looks me in the face and tells me how unhappy she is. She does sit or whatever but unhappily.

      Waving back from inside the house-I can’t get out yet.

  11. Kat, here in the Hudson Valley we got lucky – the storm went east to land on the Cape. Today is different matter . . . the “minor” snow is becoming more major and I have shoveled twice. Getting ready for a third go at it now . . . Sure is pretty. though. Mark

    • katry Says:

      It is pretty but even pretty wears off a bit after being housebound. Today I get to go out to do some errands.

      More snow is predicted for Sunday or Monday. I could scream.

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