Saturday, March 3, 2018
A Snow Day To Remember!
I thought it would be nice to look back on this storm and remember how it really was. I'll start with the view I enjoyed yesterday with my morning coffee. Don't bother cleaning your glasses, it won't help! Wind driven snow stuck to the window and melted some. Then the dribbles froze.
Snow had been pasted against all of the windows overnight. Some of Ed's wire cages looked like they were full of snow, but the snow just stuck to the wires and filled up the holes.
Mid morning, this was the view out the basement door before Ed ventured out to clear some of the sticky, heavy snow. It was still snowing enough to obliterate the ridge in the distance.
The kitchen door opens out and the snow was piling up. Once Ed got out of the basement this was the next job to be done. The pictures that I took of Ed shoveling snow off the ramp reminded me of one of those flip books we used to love as a kid.
The snow was so sticky it left his scoop in one big piece.
That was a lot bigger than a snowball. It must have landed with a thud. Ed repeated this process many times, coming inside often to warm up, rest or have something to eat. I spent a little time using these three pictures to move the snow forward and then backwards with my mouse when I was writing this. It was fun! My Dad always used to say "It is a pleasure to watch Ed work." It has always made him happy to be outside working primarily with hand tools!
Finally he had moved the snow necessary to free his snowblower from the shed. It was clear that this snow was not going to blow away easily. We gave up on the idea of getting down to the road. There was no mail, no garbage pickup and no place to go anyway.
Usually Ed plows during the storm since his machines cannot handle deep snow. This storm had begun with rain then changed over to snow. That made the bottom layer both wet and heavy. His blower would have pushed up on top of the wet layer packing it firmly. The inevitable wheel spin on that thick layer would have resulted in a stuck tractor. He displayed uncharacteristic wisdom and only worked near the house where the ground is nearly level. A short pass into the snow was followed by backing up and moving over for another short run. That way the drive wheels were always next to an open area. There was a great deal of back and forth but the tractor never became stuck.
By evening the ridge was back in sight. Last night the lights only blinked a couple of times and we were warm and cozy snowed in here together! Today the man with the big plow answered our call. Despite the quality machine and his skill in operating it, a great deal of soft gravel was removed from the surface of the lane. Ed's little plow would have made an even bigger mess. But now the driveway is open, the cars are uncovered and we are back to normal for March 3 in Upstate New York!