Monday, February 13, 2017


Snow started about 24 hours ago with wind gust up to forty mph.  I dug out just before dark last night; again at seven this morning and it is still snowing at 4 p.m.  So far we have received about 24 inches.   I will wait until tomorrow morning and dig out again.

I have a hundred-foot +/-  U-shaped drive and it took me about three hours this morning with a snow blower and shovel to clear it.  As fast as I was removing the snow the wind would fill back in behind me and the young man that plows our road would pack the mouth of the drive. 

I just went back out a few minutes ago and had to dig out the vents to my two heaters.   There is nearly a foot of snow to be moved again.

Here are two pictures from my back window and a picture of the back of my house without snow.  As you can see the snow has reached my windows and it is still snowing. 

those views are from the window on the left.  Snow half way up the first pane.

Also a couple of pix from my front kitchen window; before and after.   Much of this snow has piled up from sliding off my metal roof; but I am a tall man and the snow pack is up to my crotch – not including the depths of the drifts. 

viewed from the right window.   Creeping up the window.

I have said that I love the winter and I love the snow, but I could use a few days’ break.   We have another storm coming in on Wednesday and Thursday.

I need to haul wood tomorrow from my backyard woodshed to my wood storage structure at my back steps, I also need to rake snow from may shed roofs.  It will have to be done on snowshoes. 

It is all a part of living in rural Maine.


  1. I hope the S.O. misses this post. If he reads it he's going to be so envious. He's been sounding very wistful about his plow truck lately. I don't think we're going to be snowbirds again next year; it's fairly clear he'd rather be in the U.P. at this time of year.

  2. Holy moly, that's a lot of snow - it's good that you showed us the windows without snow - helps to get a perspective on things. -Jenn

  3. We are about the same age, but I can say I can't physically handle that quantity of snpw any longer (rheumatoid arthritis...sciatica problems, etc). We've had almost no snow in my part of Nebraska this year (so far). Even during a heavy snow year, we rarely get what you're describing here. What I'm trying to say thank you any more.

    1. We lived in Omaha and winter was a piece of cake. Sold my little snowblower because it was too much hassle to mix gas for just a few uses. My Yooper Scooper was all I needed to clear the snow off the driveway and sidewalk.

  4. Ahhh..... doncha just adore winter, so much fun in the snow!!

  5. DAYUM!! they said be careful what you wish for but this is just plain crazy. Stay warm and safe. Love the Witch ball in the window. Very pretty.

  6. For a second when I looked at the title of this blog I though it said "Buzzard Conditions", my mistake :-)
    When I was stationed in Traverse City Michigan we got lake effect snows, 24" over night was not unusual. I really got tired of moving snow. When we moved in the phone guy came out to hook up the phone, he pulled snowshoes out of his truck to walk on our lawn & find the phone box. This was the first time I'd ever seen anyone use snowshoes because they had to & this was March.

  7. Think of all the good exercise you are getting and you don't even have to pay for a gym membership!!

    I am kinda looking forward to next winter at home. I want to see how that plow for the 4wheeler will work. First I have to get the 4wheeler running.

  8. I'm a weather junkie, and I've been watching all those blizzard warnings up your way. Must say, though, that your beautiful witch's ball looks very cheery in all that snow!

  9. Trade-Ya?..My driveway is 1,350' and the snow is above my windows on the North and South side...Washington State..


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