“There is nothing in the world more beautiful than the forest clothed to its very hollows in snow. It is the still ecstasy of nature, wherein every spray, every blade of grass, every spire of reed, every intricacy of twig, is clad with radiance.”

“We’re happy tonight, walking in a winter wonderland.” I’m lying. I’m not happy. Here I am stuck in the house, and from the window I can see way off to the driveway where the blue plastic sleeve of my newspapers is clearly visible. I know if I really wanted the papers I could put on heavy shoes and some warmer pants then trudge my way through the deep snow to the papers. I think I’ll choose to be patient and wait for Skip, my factotum, to come to plow and shovel.

We didn’t get as much snow as I expected. I think maybe we got only 8 or 9 inches. The problem is the snow is heavy and wet. Branches and bushes bow under the weight. The sky is still grey. I was hoping for some sun. Nothing is prettier than untouched snow glittering in the sun.

My dad was one of those shovelers who went out during the storm hoping to stay ahead of the snow. I used to watch him from the picture window. He’d do the front steps first then the path then the three steps to the street and finally his car. Sometimes the snow was so high I couldn’t see him, but I knew where he was because I could see the snow flying left or right off his shovel into the air.

The plows left layers of snow on the street. Sometimes the first layer would melt just a bit from the sun then overnight it would refreeze and produce the perfect hill for sledding with a layer of ice on top. This happened every day until the streets were down to pavement then we went sledding on the grassy hills.

Today I have football, the Pats against the Broncos. The winner will be Super Bowl bound.  I’ll be cheering and clapping the whole game; at least, that’s what I expect.

(P.S.  Skip has come and gone. Yippee!)

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  1. Bob Says:

    At least you didn’t get two or more feet of the suff. When it first falls it looks beautiful but then, as traffic starts to move and people shovel it, the stuff becomes dirty and ugly slush. When I was a kid in New York they would plow the streets and then pile it up in a mountain of dirty ice until they could cart it away.

    Good luck to the Pats. My hotel has lost the cable TV so they are giving us free movies instead. I’m not emotionally involved in either championship game and will only watch the Super Bowl because it’s the Super Bowl. Since Jerry Jones bought the Dallas Cowboys 25 years ago I have not been emotionally involved in them. There are many good owners in the NFL such as the Mira family who own the Giants. None of the other owners, that I’m aware of, have their hand involved in the day to day running of the team like Jones. Thank goodness it’s just a game and he’s not running for the Republican nomination for President. It would be very difficult to determine who would be the bigger buffoon Jones or Trump. 🙂 unfortunately our junior senator Ted Cruz is running and would be in IMHO is the more dangerous candidate. Maybe the Supreme Court will disqualify him because he was born in Canada.

    Glad that the heavy snow didn’t knock out your power.

    • katry Says:

      Bob,
      I think the storm’s power had lessened by the time it got here, but it did wallop some of the Southern states. They got as much snow from this storm as they usually get all winter.

      Bob Kraft is a hands on owner. He goes to many of the practices and talks often with the coaches, but he doesn’t interfere.

      I’ll watch the Super Bowl even if the Pats don’t make it. I won’t watch the second game tonight as I don’t really care one way or the other.

      I’m thinking Trump would be the bigger buffoon or at least the one we’d hear more about as his comments are news worthy because they are so obnoxious and frightening.

      Thanks! I was happy to wake up to heat in the house.

  2. olof1 Says:

    8-9 inches is quite a lot anyway but I’ve read and heard about how bad it was elsewhere so I think You should feel lucky 🙂 Good thing Skip came before You wentured out in the deep snow!

    Here it’s the other way, the snow is melting away. I’ve heard dripping from the roofs all day and the snow on the ground gets more and more compressed. I hope it doesn’t turn to slippery ice because I usually have problems driving up the slope when that happens, my car usually aims for the ditch on the right side. Thankfully the ditch is shallow and thankfully it is that side the car aims for, the other side is more steep and I would end up in the cow pasture a meter down 🙂

    Have a great day!

    Christer.

    • katry Says:

      Christer,
      Last year at this time the storm left 3 feet of snow so 8-9 seems small in comparison. I would not venture into the deep snow. Much as I hate it, I’d read the paper on line if I had to.

      The sun is here now so the plowed and shoveled areas might melt down. I hope so as I put de-icer on the back steps for the dog and it needs the help of the sun to work.

      My driveway is a hill, not an incline but an actual hill. I never park at the bottom, only the very top. When I was buying the house, the builder asked me if I wanted a garage. It would be at the bottom of the driveway, the downhill driveway, and I would never get out of that garage if there was a lot of snow so I said no.

      Have a great evening!!

  3. Coleen Says:

    Over a foot here…glad you came through safe and sound.

    I want the freedom to move out and about…and large amounts of snow usually put the kibosh on that. I am all dug out.

    I am trying to think warm thoughts…like baseball.

    Wanna have a snowball fight?

    Waving from a high snowbank…. 🙂

    Coleen

    • katry Says:

      Hi Coleen,
      I was just glad for the electricity and especially the heat.
      I was glad to know I could go out though I chose to stay close to home and even managed to do a laundry.

      No more football so I’m looking to spring training and maybe a better than last place finish for the Sox.

      I have the perfect snow for a snowball fight, all sticky and wet.

      Waving from inside the house!!

  4. William sandford Says:

    Just finished watching the exciting end. It was a real barnburner, though a disappointment for Pats fans.
    We went toKev’s in Maine yesterday, but not a flake there or at home.

    • katry Says:

      It was exciting but my poor Pats won’t be in the Super Bowl.

      I probably got 8-10 inches, closer to the 8 I think. Unlike Boston’s snow, ours is wet, heavy snow. The afternoon was warm enough to melt the shoveled and plowed parts. I threw de-icer, okay for paws deicer, on the back steps and all the way to the yard. The spots where I’d thrown it melted down to wood. I need to throw out more tomorrow.

      It is pretty.

  5. Morpfy Says:

    a repeat one
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    Rhubarb Strawberry Jam
    Ingredients
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    o 1 lb rhubarb
    o 1/4 cup water
    o 2.5 cups crushed strawberries (about 1.5 quarts)
    o 6.5 cups sugar
    o 1 pouch liquid pectin
    Instructions
    Step By Step
    1. Sterilize Mason jars and prepare two-piece lids.
    [To sterilize the jars, boil them for 10 minutes. If you live at an altitude of 1,000 feet or more, boil an additional minute for each 1,000-foot increase in altitude. *If you wish, rather than sterilizing jars the processing time can be increased to 10 minutes. Keep in mind that if your altitude is above 1,000 feet the processing time needs adjustment.]
    2. To prepare fruit: Wash rhubarb and slice thin or chop; do not peel. Combine rhubarb and water in a saucepan. Cover and simmer until rhubarb is tender, about 1 minute. Sort and wash fully ripe strawberries; remove stems and caps. Crush berries.
    3. To make jam: Measure 1 cup cooked rhubarb and crushed strawberries into a large pot. Add sugar and stir well. Place on high heat and, stirring constantly, bring quickly to a full rolling boil that cannot be stirred down. Boil hard for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and stir in pectin. Skim foam, if necessary.
    Immediately ladle hot jam into clean, hot, sterile jars, leaving ¼-inch headspace. Prepare jar rims. Adjust two-piece lids.
    4. Boiling Water Canning: Process Half-pints and Pints 5 minutes*. Follow step-by-step directions for your pressure canner’s boiling water method. For processing above 1,000 feet altitude, see **Altitude Chart for recommended time.

    • katry Says:

      Mortify,
      I swore I had copied this recipe the last time as I was glad for the rhubarb, but a search of my files came up empty so I am glad you’ve posted this again.

      Thanks!!

  6. Bob Says:

    I just found out that Denver won in a close one. You can apply the Red Sox lament, wait until next year. 🙂

  7. sprite Says:

    I went out several times during the blizzard to stay abreast of it. Over the years, I’ve learned two keys to dealing with snow in the city: Get out early to reserve the space for where you’re going to dump your sidewalk’s worth of snow, so your neighbors don’t infringe on your turf, and get out early so passersby don’t tromp all your snow into ice, making it so much more difficult to shovel.

    • katry Says:

      sprite,
      No pedestrians here so no worries about the snow being stomped. I just sit in the house and wait for Skip.

      I am glad I have a place to park right in front of the house. I remember when we’d go visit my grandparents in East Boston. My father would let off then he’d go hunting for a parking space.

      • sprite Says:

        We were hearing how different cities deal with street parking in winter weather. Apparently only in Chicago is it legal to reserve your space once you’ve cleared it, although plenty of residents try it elsewhere. (When Rudi headed out in our car on Tuesday afternoon, he reported it took a mere 20 seconds before our spot was occupied by someone new. I bet they thought they’d found the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, since street parking on the other side of the road was filled with three-plus feet of snow.)

      • katry Says:

        sprite,
        Boston is among the cities which allow you to put out stuff to save your space but only during big storms. Boston got too little snow for saving spaces during this last storm so the mayor sent out workers to take every thing which was on the street. One guy shot another for taking his space. Another guy who took a spot had his tires slashed. The mayor has decided saving has to go.


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