Monday, February 9, 2015

Snow, Snow, Snow (and a giveaway)

by Cathryn Parry

Even Otis is tired of snow
As I type this, we in the Boston area are getting walloped again. This has been a record-setting week. Until two weeks ago, our town was a winter pond-skater’s delight—freezing temperatures with not a flake in sight. Now, there is so much snow, there is no place to put it all.

My condo development set aside an open field to serve as a “snow farm.” For the first winter I can remember, we hired a company to fill a team of dump trucks of snow from the neighborhoods and transport it to the farm. All Friday night we heard the alarms beeping from the heavy equipment maneuvering their way up the hill. We put on our snowshoes and trekked to the site this weekend—massive walls of towering snow. I’ve never seen such a thing. The city of Boston’s snow farms are currently filled; I heard they’ll be forced to dump snow into the harbor, which is not an ideal solution.
Massive icicles
I’ve learned to avoid driving during snowfall. It’s not that I can’t—a native New Englander, my test for my first driver’s license at sixteen was conducted during a December snow storm. I passed. Back then, we didn’t close down roads just because there were a few inches of snow on them. Drivers were taught bad-weather-driving skills, and people were expected to commute to work regardless. Stores and businesses were not closed, the exception being a dangerous blizzard such as the Blizzard of ’78, which came in so quickly that cars were trapped on the roads. As a child, I remember cross-country skiing down Route 495 beside the roofs of cars trapped by the snow. (No people inside, of course!) Everybody in the region has their Blizzard of ’78 stories.

Otis Works with Me
Today, though, we're blessed to have the internet so more of us can work at home during icy driving conditions. I have a small space heater set up on my writing desk to keep me warm while I type. Otis sits on my desk, keeping me company, and looks out the window at the flakes. In spite of the dreary weather, I feel very blessed!
 
How is the winter (summer?) in your town/village/city/outpost? If you’re warm, please tell me about it so I can live vicariously. If not, we can commiserate. J

Also, I have a copy of The Sweetest Hours to give away to one commenter. I’ll choose a winner from the hat on Saturday and post it here. Take care, and stay warm!

Cathryn Parry writes from Massachusetts. Her next Superromance is Secret Garden, releasing in August, 2015. This is a Sage family story—Rhiannon’s. Please see www.CathrynParry.com to sign up for her mailing list.

 

18 comments:

Colleen C. said...

Oh my, look at those icicles and snow! Have not seen that stuff in years! Lately my area has been in the 70s and even might hit 80... I enjoyed the rain we had a while ago...

holdenj said...

I was just watching the morning coverage of the East Coast this morning, before work. We had a terrible winter in MN last year, this year, we've had our share of cold, but nowhere near as much snow as last year.
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Cathryn Parry said...

Oh, Colleen, I'm so envious! :-) I hope you enjoy.

PS My husband has been watching HGTV for their Househunting in the Caribbean series. Lots of fantasizing here, lol.

Cathryn Parry said...

Hi, JHolden! My neighbor's daughter is in MN, and we were just discussing this last night. Which is worse, snow or extreme cold?
Hmm...I think I would choose snow, as long as I'm not driving too much.

Michelle Libby said...

I'm in Maine and geez is it still snowing. There is no place to put the white stuff. Thankfully I'm heading out of state for a brief break in the sunny south. Love those house hunting shows in the Caribbean!

Michelle

linda s said...

In the city I used to live in in the central coast they had two+ meters of snow last weekend. But on he south coast the temps are in the 50's, the grass is green and the bulbs have buds on them showing color. This is early for us to have spring;

Bri said...

Snowy, but not at all like you guys are having. I'm in New Jersey and I think we've only had 20 inches total for the winter. The every three days thing is getting annoying, however.

bn100 said...

little cold

Mary Preston said...

Hello from Australia.

Right this moment outside we have a summer storm. Lots of heavy rain, wind & heat. When the storm passes, the air will be lovely & cool. Still summer though, so another storm will come marching by sometime.

Summer said...

We've had a lot of rain lately, which is standard here, it's nowhere near as difficult as your snowy situation, but I'm still very much looking forward to sunshine and the weather warming up, I definitely prefer heat.

BW said...

I live in Ohio between Cleveland and Akron. We get a lot of lake effect snow. However, I feel sorry for the New Englanders this year becuase it is worse than usual for you.

Cathryn Parry said...

Michelle, we have more tomorrow coming, but maybe you are missing it because you're north of us? The Cape is supposed to get hit the hardest this time. Sheesh, I've had enough!

Cathryn Parry said...

Linda, I would love to see some bulbs showing color right now, but yes, it is early. Maybe a bunch of tulips from the flower shop. :-)

Cathryn Parry said...

Hi Bri, yes, here it is three days later, and it *is* snowing again. The kids are thrilled, anyway. :-)

Cathryn Parry said...

Hi bn100! Thanks for stopping by. (Stay warm!)

Cathryn Parry said...

Hi Mary Preston,
That sounds lovely! Someday I have to get to Australia. My niece's bf went for a university year abroad (Northeastern U) and loved it.

Kaelee said...

Cathtryn - Man did you get a ton of snow in Boston. I saw pictures of the caved in roofs on various buildings. Hope you stay safe.

We are having a fairly good winter here. A bit of snow and cold and then our Chinook winds kick in and it melts and gets quite balmy.

Cathryn Parry said...

Hi Summer and BW and Kaelee,
Thanks for commenting! Yet again, we are snowing...a big blizzard is forecast for tonight, so I'm getting my computer time in now, as long as we have electricity.

(Picking a name out of the hat in a minute...)

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