So I’ve had this blog post floating around in my head much of this afternoon. But I haven’t been able to get myself to sit down and write it. I shot a few pictures to go along with it – but even though I used the big camera they didn’t come out to my liking. Not having any fancier image processing software than MS Photo Editor I can’t do any of the dodging and burning these snow pictures so desperately need.
Anyway, we had this big storm. One of the news channels said it was the fifth biggest snow storm on record in Boston. It seems to me like many other notable snow storms I’ve lived through. It’s winter in New England. Some times it snows. Last winter and so far this one (that little mess back in October not withstanding) we’ve had it easy. Made up for the year before when I’d run out of places to hide the, um, places to put the snow…
* cough *
Now the funny thing about our friend Nemo is that I was concerned that I’d wind up with two or three feet of snow on the roof and only be able to clear the edges with my roof rake. You see, it’s supposed to rain on Monday and that soaking into several feet of snow on the roof could spell disaster. Fortunately this was a very cold and thus dry powdery snow. The wind cleared the roof for me.
So how much did we actually get? That depends on how you look at it… On the one hand there was bare ground in my yard this afternoon. And not five feet away there was a drift over three and a half feet deep piled up in front of my Westy.
Out front in the main driveway I’d say a good number was about 29 inches. That was the deeper part of the snow field I had to move to get my flea van out of the carport. Excuse me “out from under the awning.” Carports are verboten according to the park rules.
Sadly there was one casualty from my efforts at digging out from Nemo: my little Toro snow blower has gone the way of most mechanical things when actually used. I don’t know if the belt snapped of if a shear pin failed, but after doing yeoman’s work throughout most of the job its motor now spins freely and the auger does not. I can move the auger by hand but the motor and auger are no longer talking to one another.
I wonder if I can get Pixar to replace my snow blower? Nemo was their storm after all…