Saturday, February 9, 2013

Storm Has Passed

The storm passed us, for the most part. About five inches of snow are out there, and most of that was blown around by harsh winds. I know it is a rough morning when I can hear the howling against trees and no owls start my day with their hooting home from highly rounds. I thought to myself, "If it's this wild here, how bad is it on the flats?" and thought of Jon and Maria and Patty and Mark, both with fairly exposed farms compared to my little mountain homestead. But I heard from both farms and all is well.

Chores this morning were extra bitter, but everyone from the lowest chicken and rat to the mighty horses ate their fill of breakfast and well water. The water defrosters made it fine, and the lows only sunk around ten degrees. Tonight will be colder, but the roads will be clear. I plan on spending the day around the house tending to things like pipes and stove wood. There's a crock pot of chili on and leftovers from yesterday's pork barbecue. This place never starves, I'll tell you that much.

Here there is no Fiddle Campers this weekend, and while it is a bummer I feel I made the right call. While conditions here are pretty mundane just a few hours southeast there are reports of over two feet of snow. Parts of Massachusetts put out a driving ban earlier while the road crews worked. Not the best travel conditions to Veryork for folks coming this-a-way. So I have a house full of fiddles and soon as Hubbard Hall gets back to me with weekends in March I'll post the new date. Some local folks may come by tomorrow to pick up their instruments just because they have their hearts set. Today I asked to keep the farm guest free, the driveway isn't even plowed yet.... I'll catch up.

How are things in your neck of the woods?


Blogger Becca said...

All is fair here in middle Georgia. The mornings are crisp, but they soon warm up. Some of the shrubbery around the apartments is even blooming! I'm awaiting the arrival of seeds for both cool and warm weather plantings on the patio. And I'll have to get the cool weather plantings in ASAP to beat the approaching heat of summer. *sigh* Life in the southeast I suppose.

February 9, 2013 at 10:57 AM  
Blogger Chautauqua said...

Here in WNY we have a light snow falling, and about 6 inches of new stuff, but I've heard tales of 1 - 2 ft up in northern WNY.

February 9, 2013 at 11:06 AM  
Blogger Kathryn Jones said...

Here in the Heldebergs, We have 8" to 10" depending on where you's windy but we have the paths to the coop, hives, greenhouse and shop plowed and all is well...the worst thing was that the new puppy refused to do her business outside in the storm...can't say I blame her!

February 9, 2013 at 11:14 AM  
Blogger Kathryn Jones said...

Here in the Heldebergs, we have 8" to 10" depending on where you measure, but we have the paths to the coop, hives, greenhouse and shop plowed and all is well...the worst thing was that the new puppy refused to do her business out in the storm...can't say I blame her there!

February 9, 2013 at 11:17 AM  
Blogger Kimberlie Ott said...

Sunshine and 35 degrees, with nothing on the ground here in Or. I am glad you were spared too heavy of snows though, that can get dicey on the roof! Have a fun day, despite not having fiddlers. :)

February 9, 2013 at 11:18 AM  
Blogger Kimberlie Ott said...

Sunshine and 35 degrees, with nothing on the ground here in Or. I am glad you were spared too heavy of snows though, that can get dicey on the roof! Have a fun day, despite not having fiddlers. :)

February 9, 2013 at 11:18 AM  
Blogger J.D. Collins said...

Cold, snowy, and windy. Now we need to move it all around so we can get in and out.

February 9, 2013 at 11:22 AM  
Blogger Weez said...

The wind is whipping the still falling snow into a frenzy of white out here in Salem on the coast of Massachusetts. Just got back in from shoveling a path for our 12lb travel dog Frankie. He was much "relieved"! There are waist-high snow drifts and I don't think he wants to go snowshoeing the trails out back today. Guess I'll have to go without him.

February 9, 2013 at 11:47 AM  
Blogger maddie said...

It snowed for about 24 hours (give or take) 20 min east of Toronto. We have about a foot and a half? maybe two feet? I had to shovel the driveway twice. Today is bright and sunny the roads are for the most part clear and wet, not sure how long it'll last.

February 9, 2013 at 12:20 PM  
Blogger Alicia-Marie said...

We had about 24 inches. The governor banned travel on the roads in Connecticut, except for emergency workers and road crews.

February 9, 2013 at 12:34 PM  
Blogger CallieK said...

We got dumped on here in Toronto- don't know what the exact amount ended up being but I have 3 ft drifts on my deck!

February 9, 2013 at 12:45 PM  
Blogger DarcC said...

2ft of snow, 5ft drifts, and still gusting to 40mph here in Central MA. Happily I have power. Further southeast, most of my family do not and likely will not for some days. Two of my brothers work for tree-cutting company Asplundh, they are out working and packed clothes for a week.

February 9, 2013 at 1:00 PM  
Blogger kwdiving said...

We have had no winter this year. Spring, fall and winter seasons are all the same. Summer is just hotter but it all looks the same. The town is full of tourists from the northeast and Canada. How did the pipes do this storm? Hope all is good. It's supposed to hit 80 this week, it's 76 now.

February 9, 2013 at 1:11 PM  
Blogger RamblinHome said...

We've got about 2ft and counting, its still blowing a gale! We've got anywhere from 3-5ft drifts. The poor dog doesn't know what to do, she can't get through the drifts!

February 9, 2013 at 1:24 PM  
Blogger Megan, Rudy's mom said...

I'm in CT and it snowed for 24 hours. My road isn't even plowed and it'll take me hours to do the shoveling. It's a lot and it's still windy. Thank god we still have power so I can at least use the snow blower when I shovel a path for it. Don't know where it'll all go as it's a tight driveway.

February 9, 2013 at 3:05 PM  
Blogger rabbit said...

Today is gorgeously sunny here in Central Ontario but we took a beating yesterday - got a couple feet at least all over Muskoka, plus drifts, nothing too out of the ordinary for our neck of the woods!

February 9, 2013 at 3:17 PM  
Blogger seagrrlz said...

We're in the midst of the storm here. We are lucky though, only supposed to get 30 cm. Just west of us,in more central NL they are supposed to get 50 - 60 cm.

I'm took a nap this afternoon, got bread on the rise and just taking a break from turning the heel on a new pair to check in on my daily reads to make sure everyone is doing ok! If this was a normal Saturday, I'd be out running errands. Glad to take the day off and relax with my GF and the cats :) stay safe and warm everyone .

February 9, 2013 at 4:07 PM  
Blogger Paradise Found Farmgirl said...

No Snow here in Gettysburg PA!
Yee Haw!!!
Heather in PA

February 9, 2013 at 4:52 PM  
Blogger Erika said...

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February 9, 2013 at 5:31 PM  
Blogger Erika said...

Here in Concord, NH we got 28" of snow, 4~5' drift, also bitterly cold & windy

February 9, 2013 at 5:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You definitely made the right call -- the travel ban was for *all* of Mass. It seems like VT/part of NY were the only places in New England without significant snow. We had 28 inches here, but miraculously didn't lose power!

February 9, 2013 at 6:10 PM  
Blogger Margaret said...

Its 44 and clear in Nebraska. no snow, and I think its time to start seedlings for the garden. I have a house full of Chinese students making a fabulous New Year's feast. All is well.

February 9, 2013 at 6:15 PM  
Blogger Stacey said...

We're in the part of Mass. where you weren't allowed to drive from 4pm yesterday until sometime this afternoon. We've probably got around 2 feet on the ground, with drifts up to around 4 feet. It's been a quiet (no cars on the road) day or two. And a busy afternoon clearing the snow from our 65 foot long driveway!

February 9, 2013 at 6:21 PM  
Blogger Maine homesteader said...

At least 2 ft in western Maine, but the roads are clear.

February 9, 2013 at 6:28 PM  
Blogger Michelle said...

21 1/2" in my part of Western Mass. Light and fluffy, but doggone, that's a LOT of snow. The Farm Collies almost sank under when they leapt out this morning with their usual enthusiasm!

February 9, 2013 at 6:33 PM  
Blogger Cathy said...

Only 6" here in Ballston Spa. A bit bummed...I was looking forward to a good old fashioned snow walloping.

February 9, 2013 at 6:50 PM  
Blogger Cary at Serenity Farms said...

Glad to hear you made it through okay and have the fire and chili to keep you warm ;)

February 9, 2013 at 8:45 PM  
Blogger Karen from CT said...

We got over 2 feet of snow here in my area of CT. The drifts were up to 5 feet in some spots due to the blasting blizzard winds. The snow was blowing sideways last night for hours. The roads all over the state were closed to traffic until 4pm today so the crews could clear the streets. Now all is calm and bright and cold. Our neighbor invited all the neighbors over for dinner and quite a few of us turned up. Nice way to end the day.

February 9, 2013 at 10:03 PM  
Blogger Little Dash Rambler said...

30 inches of snow here on Long Island but all is well. Spent a good part of the day digging out but being a born and bred New Englander, I didnt mind! I have friends that were stranded all night in their cars but were all rescued and fine. Everyone is helping each other out here, and that is comforting to know !

February 10, 2013 at 12:15 AM  
Blogger daisy said...

Eating well is such a blessing.
We've had our second mild (so far) winter in a row. Can't complain about temps in the 70's. It makes for lots of time outside. That works for me.
Enjoy your Sunday!

February 10, 2013 at 7:15 AM  

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