The calendar says Winter doesn’t start until December 21. I guess the joke is on us.

On the way back from errands yesterday, I decided to head downtown and see how the water was flowing over the falls and under the mill. It’s rockin’ and rollin’ with plenty of snow piled nearby. I couldn’t get any closer because they have it fenced off because of work needing to be done to reinforce the sides.

We moved about 6″ of snow on Thursday, then what was left on the ground melted a little and turned to ice.

Snow, I do okay with, but ice not so much. So, with my Yaktrax strapped on, the long handle ice scraper, snow pusher and I spent about an hour getting it all cleaned up.Β Now, there’s more snow in the forecast.

Mother Nature always gets the last laugh on a driveway facing north. 🌨

If you have a two -stage snow blower that you are satisfied with, please drop me a comment. I’m shopping.Β I know I don’t want an electric cord to deal with because the area is too large, and I’ve tried a single cycle, and it won’t go on the ground where we need paths to the chickens and ducks.

In the meantime, I’ll just keep myself content thinking…

If you’re traveling this week, stay safe, eat lots of delicious food, laugh a lot, and enjoy the holiday. πŸ¦ƒ

About Judy@NewEnglandGardenAndThread

Master Gardener who enjoys gardening, quilting, photography, and traveling.
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58 Responses to Winter

  1. Whaaaaaaat??? Is all I could think. Apparently after 5 years Cincinnati, I forgot what tricks Mr. Winter can play on you (as much as I love the cold and snow..but limited to December to the end of February thank you very much) In Canada after 5 years of enthusiastically removing snow with shovel, yodeling words like invigorating and good excersize, we gave in on the 6th winter that started in October with 5 feet of wet lumpy snow. We splashed the cash and bought a delightful gas engined heavy snowblower with lights, several programs and what nots and it seemed to us, he almost did the work by himself. Yodeling β€œinvigorating good excersize’ was solely reserved for snowshoe expeditions again and we never ever regretted it! We asked around for advise at the time, we got the same everywhere :” buy a good one, not a cheap one”….

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    • Old Man Winter really is giving us a ‘what for’ right now. πŸ™‚ I thank you for the smile regarding “invigorating and good exercise” because I keep telling myself I’m getting steps. πŸ™‚ I think you’re right – you get what you pay for in most cases. I just got back from my local library and picking up several mysteries. Hope your library is doing well. πŸ™‚

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  2. Yes, winter is here. Not so unusual for Maine, although plenty of Mainers are yelping in distress.Good luck with the snowblower, and stay safe on the ice.

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  3. Almost Iowa says:

    Winter is like a bad Thanksgiving guest, it shows up too early, leaves too late and it refuses to help with the dishes. Okay, that bit about dishes wasn’t about winter. I won’t say who it is about…but you know who you are. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

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  4. Murphy's Law says:

    That first photo is depressing! Hope it’s not an omen of what’s to come. I love the shot of the two frozen leaves.

    I can’t help you out regarding a snowblower, but I am a firm believer that you get what you pay for. Hopefully you find one that will take care of your needs and won’t require remortgaging the house to pay for it! Lol.

    Stay safe and warm. And keep your Yatrax close at hand.
    πŸ”Ή Ginger πŸ”Ή

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  5. Dan Antion says:

    I’ll answer the question first. I have a Honda snowblower with tracks. I like it because in addition to the north-facing driveway, I have to plow paths to the firewood racks and this thing is great in the yard. The blower mechanism is adjustable on the tracks. In the center of three positions, it’s angled down enough to get under the snow and clear the driveway. In the upper position, it’s angled down sharp, and will get under that crunchy layer at the bottom of those I-didn’d-know-whether-to-be-ice-or-snow storms. In the lower position, the machine floats on the tracks, about an inch or so off the ground. It’s great for the yard, because it goes over tufts of grass and uneven spots and it leaves enough snow so that we don’t have instant mud. Mine is about 4-5 years old, but this is the current model – – They go up in size from 24″ to 32″ but this was the right size for us.

    Winter challenges us in new ways every year. This first snow was a mess. Mainly because by the time I woke up, it was raining hard. Also, I had the snow blower ready to go, but not yet pointed out the door (we were still in leaf mode). That made life interesting,

    I love the photo of the waterfall. That’s New England at it’s industrial best!

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  6. Same here. Snow is okay, and even respected. Ice, not at all. Unless it’s in a drink.

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  7. Oddment says:

    You might have heard me hoot when I got to the crocuses with the spring count-down. Thank you — I needed that! But how else does a gardener maintain sanity? Your winter photos in the middle are beautiful, but that top photo is completely intimidating. As is your account of the ice-chopping. Dear heavens, what a chore! I hope you find the machine that can help you. And I hope you will be very careful.

    My travel this Thanksgiving has to do with going from kitchen to dining room. More than enough for this old lady!

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  8. pbmgarden says:

    Snow can be beautiful but can really consume your time. Hope you find a useful snowblower so you can spend more time on enjoyable projects.

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  9. We have a huge and very effective snow blower, but it is so big and heavy, we can’t use it anymore. Garry does the front walk and I help when I can, but the big long driveway is for a plow. We are definitely past the shoveling time.

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  10. Joyce says:

    Just seems way too early for a blast of winter, the likes of what you just experienced! We’ve had cold and sprinklings of snow, but nothing sticking yet. I love your pictures, though. Something very haunting about the two leaves trapped beneath a sheet of ice….

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  11. It’s predicted to be a cold winter this season. It’s colder here too, but with all the ash in the air, the warmth of the sun when it does shine isn’t getting through to warm it up enough for me, and only one teenie tiny sunspot which is decaying isn’t promising for warm solar winds heading our way either.

    The red berries and fallen leaves in the snow are so lovely!

    I hope you find a snow blower you like a lot soon!

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  12. Joanne Sisco says:

    Poor you! You got walloped by winter a lot harder than we did. Cold and snow seems to the story right now into the foreseeable future … it’s much too early for my liking πŸ˜•

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  13. I can’t even imagine having to deal with all that snow, or any snow at all. We’ve had such a mild spring and even got some very welcome rain. At last my roses are blooming. Stay warm and be careful on the ice!

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  14. I love snow, but can do without ice unless decorating plants for a photo. πŸ˜‰. We’ve only had a tiny bit of snow twice, but Chicago gets much less snow than we did in Cleveland’s snow belt, so much less that we don’t have a snowblower here at all. It does get cold, though. Have a happy and non-icy Thanksgiving. We’re home alone, so it will be quiet and relaxing. Both girls and our new son-in-law will be home for Christmas, though, and I do want snow then.


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    • Happy Thanksgiving, Janet. Sounds like a good day for some delicious food and a great book to read. I went to the library Monday and picked up a half a dozen to keep me going. πŸ™‚


      • It will be just the two of us, but I have a delicious menu planned (and one that won’t take hours and hours to prepare.) I always have plenty books, so I’m good there, and I’m pretty sure football will figure in at some point. I’m thinking that a walk in the park might be the best way to start the day. I hope yours is wonderful, too. Oh, I’ll also being doing Thursday Doors. πŸ™‚

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  15. Nancy says:

    Happy Thanksgiving Sweet friend! Hope you find your Snow Blower!

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  16. joey says:

    Six inches already. We still haven’t had a stuck snows yet. Sigh.
    I do not like the icing. Well, I do on days I can stay home and smile at it out the window, when it’s all pretty and stuff, but eventually, one must leave the house and do the things and that’s scary business. We had that ice storm last week and I had to just let my dog run out the door and hope she’d go to the yard, because it was way too slippery and fast for those of us with two legs, no fur, no claws!
    Your pictures are so lovely — I am the jealous!

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  17. Eliza Waters says:

    We have a Simplicity 1080S 10HP snowblower that we have been happy with. It started right up on Thurs. Our mechanic recommended it as we needed it to be powerful and it sure is. My spouse takes in over the lawn to make a run for the dog. I think the key is good tires and a big engine.
    Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

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  18. germac4 says:

    Good luck with al that snow & ice Judy … I don’t envy you that! Have a lovely Thanksgiving holiday & hope you have time for a little reading too.

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  19. Ally Bean says:

    Oh man! That’s too much snow, too soon. I feel sorry for you. Also, I love your optimism about Spring 2019 actually showing up on the day it is supposed to be here. Fingers crossed. I’m ready for about now…

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  20. Ingrid says:

    I do not miss that winter weather. I guess I won’t complain that today will only be a high of 68 with a sky covered in clouds. The snow is pretty to look at and there are times I miss the beauty it can offer, but then I remember the realities and don’t miss it at all. Stay warm and wishing you a happy Thanksgiving.

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  21. Annie says:

    No advice from me. The snowblower ads on tv make them all look grand. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

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  22. Brrr! Stay warm! – Marty

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  23. KerryCan says:

    121 days sounds like a long time . . . That storm was a big surprise–we got about a foot of snow! And more today, plus such cold! Where would we be without our beloved Yaktrax??

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  24. Daniela Ark says:

    Loved to have stumbled upon your blog. I live in New England too πŸ™‚ and yes always counting the days until spring (especially because I spent half my life in the Caribbean!) though I do have to say I really try to embrace the beauty of winter every year πŸ™‚ Traveling to Main for Thanksgiving brrrrrrrrr snow! Happy Thanksgiving!

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  25. pastpeter says:

    Here’s one for you! Not sure if the link copied over correctly.

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  26. Robert says:

    That’s a lot of snow! Not something we get much of in Savannah, Georgia. Though last January we did get a bit. Yeah!

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  28. Karen says:

    We haven’t had any snow of course, but our town of Vero Beach broke a record yesterday when it got down to 37 degrees. Sorry about your miserable weather, I think ice is the worst.n

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