Just Like the Good Ole’ Days

We woke up this weekend to this.  When I came downstairs to let the dog out, I could open up the back door to the dog’s part of the yard but she just looked at me, as if to say, “How am I supposed to go out in this?”  I had to slip my coat over my housecoat and grab a broom to brush of the steps so she could step outside.

Even then, she just looked at me.  So I had to go out into the garage and grab the snow shovel and proceed to shovel a small area at the bottom of the steps so she could do her business.  The snow was higher than she was.  Later in the morning, the Commander took the shovel and made more of a path for her to navigate.  You’d think that a “snow dog” would just leap out into the stuff and enjoy it but apparently her mama didn’t raise no fool.

This was the view of the front of our house.  When we stuck the yardstick into the snow at 7 a.m., there were 19 inches of snow.  It kept snowing until about 1 p.m. so I suspect we had about 21-22 inches all told before the snow tapered off.  Luckily we have a snowblower that works and two able-bodied men in the house so the Commander and son were able to get the driveway cleared off before the plow came through and left a wall of snow across the end of the drive.

That’s our mailbox peeking out of the snow beside the road.  The box stands pretty high…..high enough that the mailperson can lean out the window of the mail truck and open the latch to slip in the mail.  That gives you some idea of the depth of the snow after the snowblowing and plowing.  Thank goodness that this snow was the light, fluffy kind because it would have been a real back breaker if it had been wet and heavy.

Here’s our son standing in the driveway to give you some idea of the scale of the snow.  You can see that the snow is above his waist, and he stands 5 ft. 11 inches.  I’ll bet he’s wishing he was back in Vancouver, B.C. right now where the weather was in the balmy 40’s and 50’s when he and his family left for PA.  In fact, I heard on the news that the Olympic committee was a bit worried about the possibility of there not being enough snow for the Alpine events out in Vancouver.  Hey, they can have some of ours.

And here’s the really neat part!  They are predicting 5-10 inches or more of additional snow starting tomorrow evening.  How about that?  Woo-Hoo!  I’m beginning to think that this winter might actually amount to something besides the usual wussy, rainy, miserable Pennsylvania winters we’ve been having the last five or six years.  Stay warm!


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