I was going to go outside and take pictures. Then, I looked. Garry had just come inside after cleaning off the front of the house so the dogs can get out, the parking area by the garage. Which means we can at least get the doors open. Then he manfully shoveled the back deck. As he approaches 75, this is no mean feat. What can I do but be incredibly, wildly impressed.

But I still didn’t go outside. Remember our last snow? I said “fluffy, soft flakes” and that when you see them, you know you aren’t going to get that mean, ugly, serious hard snow. The January nasty weather that moves in house and settles down. “Long relationship” snow that wants to be part of your life until the leaves finally pop open on the trees.

It’s here. Today. I haven’t seen a storm of this intensity in several years,. Between two and four inches falling per hour and no matter how you look at it, that is a great deal of snow. In fact, as Harvey Leonard said last night on Channel 5, “More snow than we’ve seen for a very long time.” The good news? It doesn’t look like it will become a nor’easter. It’ll come, blast us with winter … and with a little luck be gone before midnight.

We didn’t drive down to visit Tom and Ellin. They’ll be doing their own digging out and if we have an ugly driveway, they have a driveway that’s far, far worse. And much longer. More like a road than a driveway.

We had planned to go visit two weeks ago, but it snowed. Immediately thereafter, we got two weeks of glorious sunny weather. Tee-shirt and grab-you-fishing-rod weather. And then, literally the day we were to go and visit … snow. Nothing small. A big snow. Major full-scale snow.

Nasty evil white stuff.

I was up at five to discuss going out with the dogs. There wasn’t much on the ground, maybe an inch or two. I had a brief, shining hope we weren’t going get the rest. Maybe we were on the edge and it wasn’t going to be such a big deal. An hour later, I heard the dogs bark. They had taken themselves out, which was good. When I tossed them outside earlier, they’d done the “out and in” game where they go out, count to five, and come back with cookies on their breath.

“See mom? We went out! Cookie?” I cookied them. Back to bed, but not to sleep. I read for a while, drifted off, then when they barked, I saw that they had really gone out. Garry was up a little while later, did the same, and he too went back to sleep.

While we slept, the big snow arrived.

No “edge of the storm” stuff.

No “Oh, it could be worse,” stuff either.

The real deal now. Heavy, hard, icy flakes. Our windows are covered with water and the wind is blowing to beat the band. Huge oaks are swaying overhead. And it won’t last long.

It can’t. Sure we’ve gotten snow as late as May. I think once in June, too. We’ve had snow as early as September which is terrible for the autumn leaves. It means there won’t be any autumn leaves. They just fall off after that making a muck on the ground. This is winter’s last blow, the final fury of a season being driven out by another season on its way in. A mess for a week or two, but by April, it will be gone.

I’d like to say that this strange weather is all part of the weird weather of the changing weather pattern, but that would be untrue. Our weather has always been unique. While I was glorying in summer weather in the middle of February, Garry had one eyebrow cocked.

“Don’t trust it,” he said, carefully keeping his boots where he could easily find them. He has lived here long enough to know. Winter ain’t over till it’s over.

Now, it is almost over. Really. This time for sure.


  1. Garry Armstrong March 14, 2017 / 1:36 pm

    This is the real deal!! All the shovelling I did — front door and path to gate…rear door..back porch and steps. Looks like I didn’t do anything. FAKE!! RIGGED!!

    It’s the end of the world — AGAIN!

    Liked by 3 people

    • Marilyn Armstrong March 14, 2017 / 1:42 pm

      I know. The dogs are not moving at all. They are firmly and solidly asleep. So where did that SPIDER come from????????

      Liked by 1 person

      • Garry Armstrong March 14, 2017 / 2:47 pm

        Rogue Spider — a 45 spy!


    • swo8 March 14, 2017 / 2:50 pm

      Garry, Peter’s outside shovelling now too. I just hope it will take out the caterpillars. (It has to be good for something)

      Liked by 1 person

      • Garry Armstrong March 14, 2017 / 2:54 pm

        Leslie, give Peter an “atta boy” from me!!

        Liked by 1 person

        • swo8 March 14, 2017 / 2:56 pm

          that and a mug of hot chocolate too. Thanks Garry.

          Liked by 1 person

  2. evelyneholingue March 14, 2017 / 1:47 pm

    Probably the last big nor’easter of the season. Although, April can be suprising too. Wish you the best, up there. Take care and bravo to Garry. Shoveling is a tough job, even for much younger folks.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Marilyn Armstrong March 14, 2017 / 1:50 pm

      Tough. Yes. Also frustrating because the wind drives the snow right back on the ground.


      • evelyneholingue March 14, 2017 / 7:36 pm

        Yes, I heard the news about the blowing snow. Hold on! Spring will be soon here and the sun will melt all that snow in front of your door:)

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        • Garry Armstrong March 15, 2017 / 1:10 pm

          “Wild Is The Wind” (’57-Paramount) Sophia Loren, Anthony Perkins, Burl Ives. Theme song: Johnny Mathis


    • Garry Armstrong March 14, 2017 / 2:48 pm

      I’m tough! I can take it!

      Hold on, I just took my BP meds.

      Liked by 1 person

    • Garry Armstrong March 14, 2017 / 2:49 pm

      Old man??? Hey, I’m in my prime. **ALTERNATE NEWS***

      Liked by 2 people

        • Garry Armstrong March 14, 2017 / 2:51 pm

          Thanks, Danger!! Just don’t call me “boy”.

          Liked by 1 person

          • Dangerspouse March 14, 2017 / 3:03 pm

            Duly noted (I’ll go ahead and assume that “ma’am” not gonna fly either).


            Liked by 2 people

              • Dangerspouse March 14, 2017 / 3:27 pm

                (BTW, sorry for the mixup. I was getting so many “Armstrong” replies that they all kinda morphed together in my haste as I was reading them here on a busy day at work. Normally gender identification is a fairly easy task for even someone as otherwise dense as me, but today’s an exception 🙂 )

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                • Marilyn Armstrong March 15, 2017 / 1:50 am

                  It’s just fine. I often don’t know who I’m writing to. People have pseudonyms a lot on WordPress Just fun to meet someeone new that was in Garry’s business. That’s why I assumed you were one of his people 🙂

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                • Garry Armstrong March 15, 2017 / 1:16 pm

                  Danger, you were reading this stuff at work?? Does the boss know?? Or, are you the boss?

                  Liked by 1 person

                  • Dangerspouse March 15, 2017 / 1:20 pm

                    I am reading at work, and for the most part that’s not a problem. As long as I don’t start downloading midget-german-shepherd-and-lime-jello porn, I have free reign to peruse websites in between my reports. On an normal day I don’t actually have that much time to do so, since I’m on the air pretty constantly AND I have to write and produce my newscasts. But today and yesterday have been exceptions. Becuase I was snowed in at the office, I’m reading outside my normal hours so it just seems like I have plenty of time.

                    And guess what? As soon as I hit “Post Comment” here, I finally get to go home! The roads have opened, and I just had my last mic break of the day.

                    Good talking to ya, man. Later!



              • Garry Armstrong March 15, 2017 / 1:27 pm

                Just don’t call me Shirley!


            • Garry Armstrong March 15, 2017 / 1:14 pm

              Oh, heck, Dangerspouse. You can call me whatever you like.

              Liked by 1 person

  3. DailyMusings March 14, 2017 / 2:35 pm

    It keeps changing from sleet to snow here and blowing like crazy. My car is submerged from the drifts! Crazy!!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Marilyn Armstrong March 14, 2017 / 2:40 pm

      Us too. And I don’t think we are going to get as much snow as they forecast. But we are right on the bottom edge of the storm — the rain/sleet/snow line, so I knew it was possible. We have like maybe 10 minutes of snow, then it gets sort of rainy. i’m good with rain.

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    • Garry Armstrong March 14, 2017 / 2:50 pm

      OMG!!!! Time for the heat drones!!!

      Liked by 1 person

  4. Martha Kennedy March 14, 2017 / 2:43 pm

    Last year we got a foot of snow in May. You just never know. At least in March it won’t stay on the ground long. Hang in there.


    • Marilyn Armstrong March 14, 2017 / 3:57 pm

      It has changed to freezing rain. Garry’s shoveling. The dogs are watching. I think they figure he will owe them a cookie. I’d like to know how they work that out.

      Liked by 1 person

        • Marilyn Armstrong March 14, 2017 / 5:17 pm

          But … Garry doesn’t WANT one of their cookies. I gave him an anti-inflammatory. And made chili.

          Liked by 1 person

          • Martha Kennedy March 14, 2017 / 5:32 pm

            Good call. They wouldn’t give him a cookie anyway, hoarders. 😉


            • Marilyn Armstrong March 14, 2017 / 5:55 pm

              They have some serious attitude.

              I gave Bonnie a new blanket for her crate. She’s quite a decorator. I gave her a whole blanket of her own. Not even USED. A brand NEW one. She has been making it PERFECT which means it looks exactly the way it did yesterday, but she pulled every piece out and dragged it back in. A perfectionist.

              NOW she needs … a cookie!

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            • Garry Armstrong March 15, 2017 / 1:20 pm

              Martha, Marilyn aka Mary-Lynn’s chili was DELISH — poifect, as always. Today, the day after, I am still a bit sore even though I didn’t do all that much shovelling. Gee whiz!!

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            • Garry Armstrong March 15, 2017 / 1:34 pm

              Martha, Marilyn told me the dogs were standing on the front (freshly shovelled) step, watching me shovel and wheeze. And, they want more biscuits? Who the hell is in charge here?

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  5. swo8 March 14, 2017 / 2:51 pm

    The wind is stirring up things, here as well. What a mess.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Marilyn Armstrong March 14, 2017 / 3:59 pm

      The wind is really strong. We’ll get a little more snow, then I think it’ll be over. A bit longer for you I fear. Hang on. This has GOT to be the end.

      Liked by 2 people

      • swo8 March 14, 2017 / 5:08 pm

        welI’ve really had enough…. too much


      • Garry Armstrong March 15, 2017 / 1:21 pm

        “They call the wind Mariah”


    • Garry Armstrong March 15, 2017 / 1:37 pm

      Cue Bette Davis — “What a dump!”

      Liked by 1 person

  6. Train Today to Reap Tomorrow March 14, 2017 / 2:54 pm

    I can very relate what you have written…when I came first to Chicago. They welcomed with saying there is only two seasons – Winter and Constructions! Last two years we had mild winter.


    • Marilyn Armstrong March 14, 2017 / 4:02 pm

      You just never know. One mild, two awful. One even worse, then mild again. Life in North America.

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  7. judyt54 March 14, 2017 / 2:56 pm

    don’t put that shovel away yet, I hear we’re supposed to get another storm this weekend too. Im not even surprised. I’ve been taking inside photos of one spot that looks interesting, one an hour, until the temps changed, the wind changed, and those windows are now solid panes of snow. sigh.
    It isnt that there’s so much actually on the ground, most of it never reaches the earth, the wind comes along like an officious cleaning lady and swoops it up again, so it’s hard to tell if it’s 4 inches or 12 inches. And the bulk of the storm (did you know it now has an official name) will be after dark so we can all be surprised tomorrow morning.

    This is the norm, at least this far north, March is traditionally our snow month. I have the pictures (cue hysterics) to prove it.


    • Marilyn Armstrong March 14, 2017 / 4:00 pm

      Well, for us it is February, but March is a solid second. Garry is looking a bit weary.


      • Garry Armstrong March 15, 2017 / 1:22 pm

        Weary Geary. Mother of mercy……..


  8. angloswiss March 14, 2017 / 3:16 pm

    Good luck and keep safe. We all heard it was coming over the pond and that it would be a fierce one. It seems to me you never got that sort of thing with the last president, or perhaps I am mistaken.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Marilyn Armstrong March 14, 2017 / 4:00 pm

      Alas, but this kind of weather is just part of New England. We get awful weather. And we get a LOT of it.


  9. lwbut March 15, 2017 / 3:33 am

    After viewing the photo through your dream catcher i am starting to fully appreciate your dislike of caterpillars! Mine are merely a mild annoyance on one tree and the odd plant. Give Garry a cookie (human one) from me! 🙂



    • Marilyn Armstrong March 15, 2017 / 12:15 pm

      I gave him a blueberry muffin with coffee. That worked. With chili for dinner. That worked double-time 😀

      Liked by 2 people

      • Garry Armstrong March 15, 2017 / 1:24 pm

        Mary-Lynn, did that muffin come from Fat’s store on Blueberry Hill?


        • lwbut March 16, 2017 / 1:25 am

          Don’t tell me Fat’s where you get your frills? 😉

          Liked by 1 person

  10. Rowena July 21, 2017 / 10:37 am

    Wow! I love reader posts about snow. I’ve been skiing a few times, but snow is a special treat here and hardly something you associate with Australia…more the heat. xx Rowena


    • Marilyn Armstrong July 21, 2017 / 12:22 pm

      I’m surprised you get snow. I guess high up in the mountains. Except when I lived in Israel where they get very little snow (but sometimes, more and it’s a huge surprise), I’ve always lived in snowy areas. Where we live now, we get a LOT of snow. I was charmed by its beauty. Now I am charmed by its beauty and tired of the ice, snow, and not being able to get out of the house because everything is blocked by mountains of snow. It IS beautiful. It’s also cold, cold, and very wet.


      • Rowena July 22, 2017 / 10:13 am

        I was actually joking about the snow. It was actually sunny outside and it never snows here. However, when you’re reading this from overseas, you’re not to know.
        I am always intrigued by those forces of yin and yang. The beauty of the snow coupled with the cold, the wet and being stuck inside. It gets you thinking.


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