Snow

We had our first snowstorm. We’ve had snow before, but this is the first time it had to be moved. That’s how we measure it – does it have to be move or will it melt. πŸ™‚

In the southeastern part of the state, we only received about 2-3″, but up north they tallied up almost a foot.

Individual homeowners who had to move it most likely weren’t too happy, but the ski resorts were probably quite content.

Skiers, snowmobilers, and snowshoers, were probably all smiling this weekend.

One ugly side effect of the storm was power outages. At one point, over 60,000 homes were without power, and there are still 5,300 out as of this morning. NH is 80%+ covered in trees. Lovely to look at, but when they get covered in heavy wet snow, they come down.

Our power stayed on. Thank you, Steve our power pole, for standing strong. Thank you also to the strong folks in my family who moved the snow while I stayed inside off the ice.

We did have one tree go down but not on anything so that was the plus side. The Craftsman battery operated saw will go out manned by a younger member of my family, and she’ll make quick work of dividing it so it can be removed.

Don’t know what to get the gardener in your life for Christmas? I would highly recommend Craftsman lithium battery tools. Slap that battery in and off you go to do your job. Best investment in tools we ever made, and I have a wall of them. πŸ™‚

The rest of the week’s weather is pretty quiet with temps hitting 50 so the snow will melt.

So, until next time, may your health be good, your weather sunny, and someone who loves you bake you a dessert to keep your mind off all of the above. Me – I’ve got brownies with coconut frosting sitting on the counter. πŸ™‚ Happy Monday!

About Judy@NewEnglandGardenAndThread

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

  1. Dan Antion says:

    Mmmmmm, brownies πŸ™‚

    Your snow looks pretty. Even better having a grounds crew handy. Cordless tools are the best.

    We switched from rain to snow and back to rain. No snow left to move.

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  2. Murphy's Law says:

    We were lucky. The snow stopped short of us so we only dealt with rain, but after a while that became icy. Six of one, half a dozen of the other…..hurt your back shoveling snow or hurt your back slipping on ice!! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

    Not shoveling gives you more time to eat brownies while timing the TV ads and timing any actual program you see!

    And no more wasted time sitting on ice packs trying to relieve back pain from shoveling. Win/win!

    Stay warm and keep on keeping safe. I’d tell you to stay sane, but you passed that line a long time ago. Lol.
    Ginger

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  3. Coconut frosting! That’s the best. No popular in my family but there are a few of us who would fight over it.

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  4. Joyce says:

    I thought of you the entire time the news was threatening a β€œbomb cyclone” for NH. All I could do is pray that my quilting-gardening-well traveled grandma friend would be safe and warm. My prayers were answered!

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  5. pbmgarden says:

    Hope the snow movers got a chance at the brownies too. The snow is beautiful.

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  6. So, that’s where that weather system landed – we had closures and all sorts of terrible things forecasted, but it never materialized. For that I am grateful.

    That, and brownies – with or without the garnish.

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  7. Marilyn says:

    Brownies with coconut frosting? I love coconut!

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  8. I kept hearing about the bomb cyclone and wondered why I couldn’t recall hearing that phrase before. While we escaped the snow, it was a miserable, icy rain day, but when we went to bed, the howling wind picked up, rattling the windows. I guess that was the cyclone…

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  9. I just want to say how much I love that you have named your power pole. Oh, and brownies… I love them too.

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    • We use to lose power regularly and twice it pulled the lines right off the house that we had to pay to have replaced. A neighbor questioned if we were dismayed about having a power pole put in the front yard on the side. Ah, no, we are thrilled. Steve has not failed us since he arrived. πŸ™‚ I know there is someone out there that probably doesn’t like brownies, but I don’t know them. πŸ™‚

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  10. My heart goes out to you, but you know I am smiling at what it means for Florida. We had a glorious week of cool temperatures, with more to come tomorrow. Coconut on brownies! Sounds like a giant Mounds Bar. I’ll have two, please πŸ™‚

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  11. Brownies! Never had em with coconut frosting but that sounds yummy. I like coconut, frosting, and brownies so…πŸ˜‹

    Now that Baby Girl and the Handsome Surveyor have bought a new house on 9+ acres of land there are lots of trees- downed and standing that need to be cut so I guess some of those battery operated power tools would come in handy! I’m adding those criteria to my list when shopping for them.

    I’m glad your power is on. You named your pole! I LOVE IT!! And you’re warm and cozy with your brownie. πŸ˜€

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    • I know you’d like the brownies. πŸ™‚ Lowes’ carries the Craftsman brand. We have the saw, leaf blower, weed eater/trimmer, and hedge trimmer. The one I want next is a small chain saw on a pole. They have a battery that you literally just slap in and off you go. Add a peg board, and you can hang them on the wall. No gasoline, no treating of gasoline, no pulling to start, no stalling – it’s a good thing. πŸ™‚

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  12. bikerchick57 says:

    We have been lucky with the weather – Mother Nature has given us a couple of dustings of snow so far, but nothing measurable. I hope that’s a good sign for the rest of the winter, but at the very least, we’re getting a reprieve for now.

    As for the northeast, I hope those Nor’easters are few and far between this winter. While most of use can handle the snow, it’s not much fun without heat or electricity to keep us warm.

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    • You are so right – moving snow is one thing. Coming back into a dark, cold house is another. I’m grateful every time ours stays on, and I have sincere understanding and sympathy for those who lose it. It would be nice if we could just direct it north to the ski areas. πŸ™‚

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  13. There has been a couple of snow, it melted each time. A drive though for a haircut showed the only snow was on the high mountains. We have a period of below freezing at night and foggy and sunny days. No moisture in site for this week. I had to move my Begonia pegasus is growing so well I have had sifted my plants around. Have a wonderful holiday.

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  14. Eliza Waters says:

    That was an odd storm, with the snow sandwiched in the middle. We got next to nothing here, phew.
    My hubby bought an electric pruning saw this fall and it sure works easier than the traditional saw. It is a mite scarier to use, so I have to be extra alert when using it. πŸ˜‰
    Enjoy the week ahead.

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    • You are right – it goes pretty darn fast, but I love it. When I’m working on a MG project with other ladies and there are branches to prune, someone will say ‘start your engine Judy.’ We all have a good laugh, and then I pull the trigger and it’s off. When I think of the manual saws, this sure beats them hands down. Stay well.

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  15. germac4 says:

    The snow looks beautiful but I can just imagine how much damage it can cause… three cheers for Steve the power pole!
    Battery operated garden tools sound wonderful to me, I’m going to look into it, we really need a hedge trimmer without having to consider electric chords.
    Enjoy your Brownies, I bet they are delicious!

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    • Except for underground utilities which beats all, Steve is the next most important guy to have hanging around. πŸ™‚ I have an electric hedge trimmer and would haul the cords out and then ‘almost’ cut the cord every darn time I was working. This is so much easier. I know it is an investment, but if you use it a few times a year the convenience is worth it. We have an area that is in our line of sight when we pull out of our driveway that is not maintained by anyone. At least once or twice a summer, I take it over there and clean up the area so we have a clear view of oncoming traffic.

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  16. I read about the power outages and am glad to read that they didn’t impact you. I love seeing the snow. The wet snow can be so beautiful as it stays on everything but of course that’s also what causes the danger. Onward to the brownies! I’m ready for lunch.

    janet

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  17. Brrrr! The snow is beautiful to look at but sounds like not too fun to deal with. At least you have brownies!

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  18. pastpeter says:

    Looks like a gentle early snow. The winds were far from gentle! We had LOTS of rain and wind. I’m with you on LI battery garden tools – got a hedge trimmer and love it. No more holding a big trimmer Over my head on tall shrubs!!

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    • The winds were rough for sure. The battery tools were a wonderful invention. I can’t remember which purchase it was, but we received a flashlight with it. So, when I ‘really’ need light, I slap a battery in that flashlight, it will sit on a shelf, and I’m all set to look for something. Stay well.

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  19. Oddment says:

    Lithium batteries and coconut brownies: I think that is a nicely comprehensive approach to winter. Your snow is so beautiful — and it looks so exhausting! I’m glad you had some help. Two-three inches doesn’t sound like much, but if it’s heavy that’s a lot. I remember meeting Steve many blogs ago, and I salute him now — long may he stand! May that 50-degree temp get there quickly!

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  20. Nancy says:

    Snow looks pretty!
    And brownies too… life is good!

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  21. joey says:

    I want to put coconut frosting on ALL.THE.THINGS now! Yum!
    We haven’t had any snow that sticks yet, and yours looks so pretty πŸ™‚

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  22. We had to plow it. It wasn’t as much as you got, but it was enough and it was cold enough that if we didn’t plow it, the driveway would have turned to solid ice. More is coming. Soon, they are saying. Oh goody.

    The brownies sound yummy.

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    • Our part of the driveway faces north. If it isn’t cleared, we have ice until it melts. Yes, the brownies were yummy. Hope you and family are all well. Both our states are having some challenging numbers right now.

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  23. Your snowy views are beautiful and I am getting a warm, cozy feeling reading your post. On those days when the landscape is covered in a blanket of white, it’s a good time for a cup of hot cocoa and those delicious brownies with coconut frosting! Stay warm and well!

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  24. The snow is welcome here.

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  25. Steve?! I love it. A friend of mine once named her favorite rocking chair “Kevin.” Apparently you’ve posted about Steve before, so I’m going to have to go look for that later. πŸ™‚ Stay warm and enjoy those brownies. – Marty

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    • We spent quite a few years with sagging lines hanging over the road. Twice in a storm when the lines were weighted down with ice, trucks ripped them off the house. We were without power for an extended period of time both times. Also, the cost for replacing the lines attached to the house is paid by the homeowner. Imagine 5 digits, twice. 😦 So, when finally they asked if we’d like a pole to elevate the lines, the answer was simple. He stands guard out there 24/7 keeping the lines elevated, safe, and sound. I’ve never met a piece of wood I love more than Steve. Handsome he’s not, dependable he is. πŸ™‚

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  26. We’ve had more than a week of very high temperatures, up to 41 degrees C so looking at your beautiful snow photo is very refreshing. Brownies with frosting sound very tasty.

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  27. Wow – that’s warm. I bet that snow did look refreshing, and frosted brownies are good all year round. πŸ™‚

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  28. As we would say in Maine, that was some storm.

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  29. Dawn says:

    So glad that you had some helpers to move the snow and to cut up your fallen tree, Judy! We had three mild days in the mid-50s this week. Mother Nature gave me a much appreciated ‘last chance’ to clean the windows and fill a basket with dried gatherings from the garden for our front porch. I decorated the antique sled on our porch with a big bunch of Mahonia and Christmas bow. It rained all day today and it looks like we might be shoveling tomorrow. Stay safe and healthy, my friend!πŸ’—

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    • Clean windows – now, there’s something that would be nice to have. Good reminder. πŸ™‚ I bet your sled is beautiful. We have a sled that was our daughter’s, my husband built up the sides for our granddaughter, and now they use it as a porch decoration. Good memories there. Stay well. πŸ™‚

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  30. Yep, sounds like what we’ve been through, though it was a windstorm that brought the tree down across our street, and we did not name our power pole ‘Steve’! The snow is beautiful, isn’t it? Especially when you can watch it from the warmth of inside your house.
    I want to tell you that your posts and several others keep coming into my Junk folder, which I don’t check. I will try one last time to unfollow then follow you, and see what happens. I love your updates, and don’t want to miss them! Happy Christmas to you in case we don’t connect till after.

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