AT LEAST IT’S NOT SNOWING – Marilyn Armstrong

Weekly Photo Challenge: Jack Frost


Every conversation about the weather — which has been rainy and windy all the time since last March — ends with someone saying “Well, at least it’s not snowing.”

When we moved here, our very first winter, it snowed all the time. We were charmed by the beauty. Everyone shoveled and we bought a really huge snow blower.

Duke and Bonnie!

By the second year, we were less charmed, the snow blower was huge and heavy. The snow never stopped falling. Driving down our road was like driving through a tunnel. The height of the snow on both sides of the road was well over 6-feet.

We also discovered why no one cements their mailbox in place.

The deck

If you cement it in the ground when the snow plow knocks it down, you need a whole new mailbox. If it’s just stuck in the dirt, you stand it back up and push the earth back around the post, and voilà. Also, it pays to get a rubber mailbox. They survive longer and keep your mail dry.

Mailboxes across the snowy woods.  Photo: Garry Armstrong

So you talk lovingly of Jack Frost and I think “Who’s gonna plow us out THIS year?” It’s never the same guy twice and half the time it’s some kid who takes out a garden or half the backyard. We’ll get through it, but it’s always a hassle.

Photo: Garry Armstrong –Winter in New England

I have thousands — literally thousands and maybe tens of thousands of more than 100,000 photographs — of snow. Blizzards. We get a lot of snow. I mean really — a lot of snow. I get depressed thinking about it.

The Renegade – We are counting on you!

We are the kind of people who need a 4X4. For some people, it’s a style. For us, it’s how we get out of the driveway in the winter. Without one, you get stuck until spring.

Author: Marilyn Armstrong

Writer, photography, blogger. Previously, technical writer. Retired! Yay!

56 thoughts on “AT LEAST IT’S NOT SNOWING – Marilyn Armstrong”

        1. Normally, we get our first snow anytime from now through December, after which it keeps snowing and snowing and snowing. There have been years when it snowed every day from the end of November through mid-April. Not a lot every day. Two or three inches, but relentlessly. Recently, the snow has been starting later, but we’ve gotten more than we used to get because each storm is more intense. Lots of blizzards. Last year we had three in one week — some kind of record. And that was in March.

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        1. Bonnie was a Halloween puppy and I housebroke her in the middle of a series of blizzards. She was bounding around the yard with joy and I was shivering in my Uggs, coat, hat, gloves saying: “Please GO, Bonnie. Please GO!”

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  1. We’re in the same boat. Our drive is long, downhill to get out, uphill coming in, and a 4×4 is essential in the winter. Then again in the spring, when the thaws and rains turn out gravel into a spongy, muddy mess at times. Small price to pay though. 😊

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    1. It’s raining too much or not at all and there’s snow where there usually isn’t any. But a light winter would be a real treat. We aren’t going to run out of water in the well, so not being up to our chins in snow would not be such a bad thing.

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    1. A blizzard is usually a lot of snow, but really, it’s about the temperature and wind. We get 18 inches regularly, and as much as 36 inches in really bad nor’easter. We got 36 inches last year. You couldn’t see the yard. Then it got really warm, so it flooded. Then the temps dropped and we got three more blizzards in a week. We live in what people humorously call “the slot” … a long valley between the Worcester hills and the ocean in Rhode Island. It’s something about the way the clouds rise up over the hills, then drop a ton of snow when they get to the other side. We are on the other side.

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      1. The San Luis Valley is between two rain shadows (the San Juans and the Sangre de Cristos) so it is technically a desert, with 7 inches of moisture/year, but the Rio Grande — which supports farms all the way to the Gulf of Mexico and feeds our aquifers — gets all the snow melt from both mountain ranges.

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        1. And when you don’t get the snow, you don’t get the water. Which is actually the way it NORMALLY is here. We get all our water from snowmelt and summer is typically dry as a bone. But THIS year, it has been raining constantly since it thawed out enough to stop snowing. Our weather has been unusually wet. More than unusual. We haven’t had two days in a row of sunshine since last winter. We’ve had half a day here, another there, but not a single sunny week. The humidity is not unusual. The northeast is famed for hot, hazy, and humid summer weather — but usually, it doesn’t rain. It just looks like it’s thinking about it.

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    1. A lot of people don’t seem to understand that four-wheel drive doesn’t help on ice. When the snow packs down, melts a little then re-freezes? It gets ugly. I’m afraid to walk when it’s like that.

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  2. Since life where I live depends on snow, and I personally like it and, for now, am physically able to enjoy it, I am happy it’s that time of year again. Last year we had essentially NO snow in Monte Vista, and the mountains — where snow needs to fall — had a record low snow pack. What that means is that farms down river from me had nothing with which to start the early crops. It was a very bad year for hay. Most places had one mowing. Fortunately, we had a good “monsoon” season so later season crops — like potatoes and especially carrots — did great. Apples did great because the spring was warm and summer ended up wet. But rain doesn’t fill the Rio Grande so I hope this year we get at least normal snowfall.

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      1. I don’t mind snow. I mind getting buried in it. We have to hire someone to shovel our roof because the snow gets so heavy, we’re in danger of having it collapse. Also, it really IS difficult to get up and down our driveway once the ice sets in. There was one year where our car got frozen on the drive (snow, melt, snow, melt then re-freeze). Someone had to come with a tractor and pull us out.

        I ordered two pairs of the Yaktrax. I think they might save our asses as we try to get down our own special icy slope.

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        1. I hope the Yak Trax work as well for you as they have for me 🙂 My driveway is on the north side of the fence so if, for some reason, it gets icy there, I’m in trouble especially if it stays -20 for a few days. 😦

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          1. We get a lot of snow. It doesn’t get warm enough to really melt, but we get a bit of melting on the bottom — followed by re-freezing and more snow on top of the frozen snow. We have learned the hard way that it may be expensive, but we REALLY need to get plowed out. There is too much driveway and too much snow. If you don’t plow, ice builds up. You can see how glaciers were formed. I’m hoping these will help me go out. Otherwise, I miss the entire season.

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  3. SNOW!!!! 😀 … I love it, but the weather’s all over the place these days. Two winters ago we had a meter(3′) on average on the ground from early December to late February, last winter only a few centimeters and a whole lot of rain. This year there’s already snow falling at about 1000 meters in the mountains up and down the coast. (I live on the south west corner of BC)
    I also have several pairs of those Yak trax cleats, they’re fabulous.

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    1. I have another friend in BC and he has sent pictures. We just stopped having summer, but I don’t think we’ve had a whole week of sunny days. Actually, not even a whole weekend. The weather has always been very erratic here, but this is erratically erratic.

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  4. Thanks for putting the snow thing into some kind of perspective…. it’s easy to get caught in a winter ‘wonderland’ when you don’t actually get Snow! 😉

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      1. I figure i might ( Might!?) be able to handle the months of cold by wrapping up warm and having good insulation and central heating….. but i don’t think i’d manage the grey skies/no sun for any length of time after living here.

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  5. I know it’s getting closer to winter because it’s gone from raining to cold, windy and raining. Walking to the car this morning was like being on a water ride at the amusement park on a chilly day. It’s not so bad when the rain just falls on your head, but when it blows in your face….. ick. This weather would be better as snow…

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