Winter Wonderland

It’s snowing today, but it’s winter in New Hampshire. We have a good three (no, actually six once I got out there) inches on the ground with about the same due to arrive again this afternoon. I see two rounds of shoveling in my future. 🙂

Before I head out to get some steps, it’s a good time to do a tool review.

I bought a Ryobi 21″ battery snow blower the end of December and had a chance to give it a try on two snowfalls that were probably about 2″ each. I really love my Ryobi lawnmower and hoped this snowblower was going to work out, but it didn’t. It starts, runs almost silent, and works like a charm, but our recents snows are wetter than years past, and it just could’t handle wet snow. The chute would continue to clog up, and it just wasn’t worth the cost. If you live where you receive dry and fluffy snow, it might be a good choice.

Now, I’ve got a Toro 21″ gas snow blower on order, and it will be in next week. I’ll let you know how that works on this wetter snow.

How wet is the snow we are now receiving? Well, a recent plow driver was quoted on NHPR as saying ‘you can’t plow a puddle.’ 🙂 In the meantime, My trusty scoop shovels will do just fine.

After a while out in the cold you welcome a hot drink, and we certainly are enjoying our new Keurig with frother. It makes great coffee, and I can’t imagine my day without coffee.

Ice fishing is a pretty big sport up here, but the weather hasn’t been real cooperative this year. When I drove by our reservoir and saw guys out in the middle while there was running water on the sides, I stopped and tried to grab a photo which was difficult because of all the open water. The local news this week reported a couple of guys in another town had fallen through the ice and had to be rescued. Dedicated ice fishing enthusiasts or stupid?

Have a great weekend – stay healthy and enjoy the last week and a half of January wherever you are. 🙂

About Judy@NewEnglandGardenAndThread

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

  1. Sheree says:

    It looks pretty in your photos but I’m glad I live where the sun shines 300/365 days of the year, including today

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  2. Well, it really does look pretty. I’m glad however that we have no need of a snow blower here in Florida. 😀

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  3. Nancy says:

    It sure is a pretty snow! A winter wonderland for sure. The ice fisherman worry me with the wet sides. Our lake in Pennsylvania has not frozen over yet so I guess the fisherman have to look elsewhere.

    Too bad the first snowblower did not work out for you. Be careful shoveling.
    And a Keurig with a frother nice! That makes the warm up after shoveling even sweeter.
    Enjoy playing in the snow…
    I may get to see some as we are headed to a higher elevation today. We hear there may be snow on those Arizona mountains.

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  4. We have about three inches in Maine, and this afternoon, Clif will be out with Snow Joe. You are right that when the snow is really wet, battery-powered snow throwers don’t work very well. In Maine, this snow looks like it will be fine for Snow Joe. As for thin ice… the same thing is happening in Maine, and I cannot imagine wanting to fish so much that I would be willing to go out on ice that looks as though it wouldn’t hold a dog, much less a person. What the heck!

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    • Hope Snow Joe runs right through it. I really wanted that Ryobi to work, but it just couldn’t blow the snow. I parked my car to walk out and grab that photo but couldn’t even get to the ice because of all the open water. I don’t have a clue how they got out there, but I was glad at least there was a group in case someone fell in there would be someone to call 911. Seems like unnecessary risk.

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      • Clif is out with Snow Joe, and the little machine is running right through it. Mostly Snow Joe does a great job, except when the snow is very wet, which it was in the past storm. Yes, unnecessary risk.

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  5. My backyard looks about the same as yours today – beautiful!
    No one around here is ice fishing yet this season, and from the looks of it, I’m surprised those guys were out there!

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  6. I’d go with stupid. Your snow is beautiful. We haven’t had any yet. There is a slight chance of a dusting on Sunday but they are talking about a snowless January as there is no measurable snow predicted in the next ten days. We have a large gas snowblower (from the last house) but we bought a battery operated snow shovel this year. (Probably why it hasn’t snowed!) It will be for our short walkway. Not sure it will work for the driveway unless it’s a small amount. We’ll see.

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  7. Murphy’s Law says:

    As for the ice fishermen….you can’t cure stupid! If they fall through and can’t get themselves to shore, then other people have to risk their safety, maybe even their lives, to rescue the stupid fishermen.

    I have to admit your yard does look like a winter wonderland. Hope you don’t get much snow before the new snowblower arrives. We had a Toro snowblower years ago and that thing could clear out a blizzard. Toro makes good products l

    I can’t believe we’re heading towards the end of January already! Time moved much slower when I was younger! :+)
    Ginger

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    • I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw them out there. We had a 50 degree day a couple of days before. Oh, the yard still looks gorgeous – post card worthy. I got in over 8,000 steps this morning. We got lucky and this afternoon’s snow is falling, but it’s melting on the driveway and cars. We supposedly have two more storms coming in, and I know the new snowblower won’t make it for the first one. Oh well, soldier on, right. Yes, time flies!

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  8. Oddment says:

    There’s no denying the beauty! What a world snow creates — you’d almost forget how much work and worry it causes. I sure hope your new snow blower works better; heavy snow used to be what I’d hope for because it meant snowmen, but now not so much! When I first looked at the photo of the people on ice, not even realizing they were fishing, I grabbed for my coffee! I froze just looking! Frothed coffee sounds so elegant — what a lovely flourish on life’s essential!

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    • My 6’+ grandson was out shoveling with me this morning, and I said to him that when he was younger we wanted that wet snow for snowmen and igloos. Not so much anymore. 🙂 Oh, that coffee machine is the best gift ever, and the frother is so good and easy. We had one way back, and it was a chore and never came out great. This is so simple, which I need, and it is delightful.

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      • Oddment says:

        Bless the grandsons! If they have the nerve to grow up so fast, the least they can do is shovel snow! Yeah, the days of wanting wet snow are probably behind us! Frothy coffee sounds so wonderful! And, yes, “simple” is greatly to be desired!

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  9. ‘You can’t plow a puddle.’ That sounds like a good motto to live by. The 3rd photo in the gallery looks like a Christmas card. Thanks for the smile.

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  10. Joyce says:

    My husband has a Toro gas blower and likes it. He complains about one thing, though. Says it’s hard to reach in and unscrew the gas cap. However, his model is at least ten years old so that issue might be resolved by now. Otherwise, he loves playing with this toy that gives a retired, and often bored, guy something to do. Although I sometimes worry about him out there working in the cold with his Pacemaker, at least we won’t catch him ice fishing on a melting pond! (Don’t those guys have wives or mothers to knock some sense into their heads?)

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    • Always good to get a review from a friend. The gas/oil thing was why I hoped the battery one would work, but all three snows that we have gotten have been saturated with water. Picture 6″ of snow on my truck, and when I used the push broom to pull the snow off the top, it just rolled right off because it was so wet. It’s snowman snow, but without the young kids, it’s just heavy and wet to move. 🙂 I could not believe those guys, and then when I saw the news report of one guy falling in and the second guy trying to rescue him and falling in I was amazed. The first guy was in the water 40 minutes! They certainly did need a woman to knock some sense into their heads before their water adventure.

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  11. Eliza Waters says:

    Sorry about your Ryobi, my husband suggests spraying the chute with silicone or olive oil. That might help keep it from clogging.
    Sports fishing in winter has always left me wondering about the sanity of sitting in the cold for hours, but who am I to judge? I guess they must be super bored? 🙄
    I loved the plow driver’s quote, hilarious!

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    • Thank your hubby. I bought some silicone and will spray that Toro when it arrives. 🙂 Looking at the bob houses is one thing, but one of these guys was sitting on a five gallon bucket with a quilt wrapped around him. 🙂 The plow driver had just bought his first plow and had lined up 20 customers only to have to deal with this wet stuff.

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      • Eliza Waters says:

        I feel for that plow driver, all that investment and no ROI. My son has a snow removal business near Lake Tahoe, but he has the opposite problem, the snow won’t stop coming! One atmospheric river after another. 🙂

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  12. John Hric says:

    Judy wet snow is wet snow. Mostly it just does not go well with snow blowers. Silicone or olive oil spray helps to a point. It usually ends up being an almost slush thrower of the clogged variety. It has been a weird warm winter here and lots of the spring bulbs are showing.

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    • You are right! Snow blowers were meant to blow snow not this slush that we are getting now because of weather changes. It has been snowing all afternoon, but it is melting on the driveways and vehicles because it is so wet. I want spring, but the plants are sure mixed up with this weird on and off weather.

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  13. Su says:

    We’ve got all your snow – well over a foot on the ground, and most of it is wet, heavy stuff. That being said, it at least insulates the gardens! We’re hoping for several snow-free days to help the last of what’s on the driveway to disappear. (Plow Guy got most of it, but is running out of places to put it….) Su

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    • Oh my, a foot is a lot to move regardless of what tool you are using, and as you said there comes a point where there isn’t much space left to park it. We had 6″ around 10 a.m., and I’m grateful it has continued to fall but has melted when it hit the ground. The next arrival will be when the snow on the barn’s melted roof comes sliding off. I can never do much with that because it is just way too much for this woman.

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  14. Dan Antion says:

    Heavy wet snow is the worst, Judy. I try to get out as early as I can before it starts to settle, but my snowblower clogs at the auger. The auger ends up looking like a roller. I clear it and it works well until I hit the puddle your plow driver talks about. With enough moisture, the machine becomes a blender. One of the things I found that helps is to take smaller bites at the snow. My machine is 24″ but when it’s heavy wet stuff, I bite off 12-16″.

    I hope your new machine works better.

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    • I was out at 8 a.m. shoveling and when I cleared my truck at 11 a.m., the snow was so wet it rolled off the car. I was hoping the Toro might arrive before the next storm, but not so much. The shovel(s) will come out tomorrow, and I’ll hope it comes in before the next one. I’ve been tracking it, and it’s coming from Dallas. I had to laugh thinking that, yes, they probably have a bigger inventory than we do. Good advice, and I appreciate it. Do you spray your chute?

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      • Dan Antion says:

        I do. My wife found a Teflon spray that dries hard and lasts for a few storms. I also use it on the underside of our mowers. It works well, but you have to spray it and let it dry, so you can’t use it the day of the storm. I hope the machine gets there in time.

        If you’re interested, the spray is called Clean Machine non-stick spray – you can get it at Amazon, but other places have it for much less.

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  15. Helen says:

    Hope the new snowblower works and you are nice and snug and warm the rest of the time

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  16. Of course you already know I love seeing these photos and would not at all mind being there for a bit with you. I’d even help snow blow. Just gorgeous and a great excuse for hot chocolate or adult beverage in front of the first. 🙂

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  17. We had (for about 15 years) an older model of the snowblower you’ve got on order. It worked on wet snow, but it didn’t like it. I don’t think anything but a plow handles heavy wet snow and if there’s a LOT of heavy wet snow? We had a bobcat get stuck in our driveway following one blizzard (our neighbor has one). Our machine was also slightly bigger than yours. I think a 24 incher. We sold it last year. It’s expensive to get plowed, but given our long, sloping driveway, everything else is just a back breaking job. No one is young enough to do it anymore.

    We also had a very lightweight electric “shovel”, but it was only useful for really light snows — tops, 6 inches. When it’s that light and that little, you don’t need a machine. You can sweep it away with a broom.

    The only REAL answer to clearing heavy wet snow is moving to a warm climate. Hawaii is sounds really great right now.

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  18. germac4 says:

    I’m with you on the coffee, I would miss it if I didn’t have one every morning. And especially in cold weather! You deserve double strength coffee with all that snow..😁

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    • I shoveled for an hour and a half, came in and had a hot coffee and cookies, and went back out for another hour and a half. Thank goodness I’ve had two days in between because we have another one coming in tonight. It’s going to be challenging to find a place to put it all. 🙂

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  19. Still waiting. Time for morning coffee.

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  20. Brrrr! All that shoveling should help you get really fit this winter!

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  21. Dawn says:

    Oh, Judy! Your yard looks picture perfect in the snow (especially while sipping coffee and munching on cookies!). I’m so sorry that you had to shovel by hand. So grateful that your grandson was there to help out! That heavy, wet snow is only good for building snowmen and igloos. We have a new, small Toro that just fits alongside my car in our tiny, one car garage (built in the Model T era). The Toro works well. I love that we don’t have to mix gas and oil in our new snowblower. So, we don’t come inside reeking of fumes. We just have to snowblow in layers so it doesn’t get too deep for our small Toro.
    Tip of the day: After you watch the weather forecast… just bake more cookies!🍪🍪
    Work slowly, and take extra good care of your back, Judy! Sending warmest hugs!💗

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  22. Ally Bean says:

    “You can’t plow a puddle.” Oh that is a great line, literally and figuratively. Happy Winter.

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  23. Denzil says:

    You wouldn’t get me ice walking far less ice fishing. Dry land for me!

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  24. I cannot even begin to imagine what it is like to live with snowy conditions like this. I’ve only ever seen snow falling once and it wasn’t heavy. And there is no way I’d be walking on an iced over river to go fishing. That is a step too far for me. Pardon the pub!

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  25. We’ve been shoveling a lot too, and the first few snow dumps were as heavy as wet cement! The neighbors with snow blowers had the same issues as you had.
    I started looking into getting a snow blower and the one I liked on paper was also a Toro. The 90V one. He-Man had a Toro gas lawn mower for over 20 years and liked it as it was super reliable so a heavy duty snow blower sounds good to me!
    We’re not quite ready for one, but I’m already shopping so…

    Stay warm!!

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  26. We hired someone to plow this year, but only to plow, and not to shovel. So I’m spared the driveway, but I do have to do the walks and deck, which I do with a shovel, even though we do have a blower. I dress very warmly and take my time, and I actually kind of like it. A few times, I’ve shoved the drive by hand, too – but a foot of snow, especially if it’s heavy, and if your drive is long, sheesh. Anyway, the pictures are stunning!

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