(Just not Icetastrophe - that's a grade B, C, possible Z movie made in Hope, whereby an alien ice somethingorother comes from outer space and lands right in front of the Hope post office and starts gobbling up the earth ... available on the internet for people who are terminally bored ... or drunk ... or Hope fanatics...)

We got dumped on.

Table & chairs on deck

Back yard - dragon almost buried

Official count - 26 point something inches. 

Handyman Rob handily cleaned off my car (and the walkway). (And at the back from deck to front gate, providing access, plus small area for dogs.  When the temp goes up and stuff thaws, I will have an unpleasant chore...)

Next day it looked the same.  This time my son-in-law cleaned the car.

Following day my daughter and I wanted out for groceries.  Rob opined that I wouldn't be able to make it out of the laneway (hah!  I spent 60 years in Ontario, 40 of them out in the country...but that was then) and so gunned it out backwards into the street.

He aimed for his truck tracks in the unplowed street (town not really equipped to deal with this kind of dump...but they did pretty good, eventually even plowing one arm of our little elbow street, and the garbage truck pretty well dealt with the other arm), missed by a couple of vital inches, had to push, w. help from daughter and, fortunately, next-door neighbor we almost never see who popped out.  I managed to drive ahead to end of street, cleared by the church for their parking.  When we returned, on Rob's advice, I tried parking on the street in the space his truck had been in.  I might have been better off going back into my lane.  Next day had to dig a little and do some rockin' to get out again.  Now park in my lane, where the snow behind has been worn down enough.

Temperatures too have been abnormal - 9 below Celcius, feels like 19 below, with a nice bit o' breeze, colder at night.  But as of early next week the temps go up to 4 or 5 above daytime, remain a bit above freezing at night, and *RAIN*.  Should be messy, esp. in the dog lavatory beyond the deck, but a lot of snow will go.  Then, of course, temps dip, but only a little, and we get some more snow, but only a little...

Meanwhile, back where I spent those 60 years in Ontario, they're getting seasonal amounts of low temp and high snow.  Here I remain bootless (have warm shoes) and parka-less, so there.

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Comment by marilyn sands on December 17, 2016 at 12:49pm

Brrrr!  More Power too ya & that's not a pun!  R&L

Comment by Phyllis on December 17, 2016 at 12:56pm

I hate winter, it was pitch dark at 7:30 this morning. Bleh. You have a good attitude, maybe because you've never lived in the south.

Comment by Myriad on December 17, 2016 at 1:05pm

Marilyn - got a nice full-scale furnace tucked away in a closet and it keeps my tiny place cozy.  Freezer is full.  I can wait it out.

Phyllis - Having to wait it out only until day after tomorrow, following which we are expected to have a 'normal' winter (hovering around freezing but seldom dipping too far down) makes it easier.  Hah!  I used to spend winters in Florida, with lots of sunshine.  Here is worse than Ontario for sunshine, being rain forest, plus town is in a basin surrounded by mountains... and we're not on the 'sunny' side of town (too close to the south mountain).  For some weeks around solstice and into January we can see sunshine (when there IS any) a few streets away, but we remain in the shade.........

Comment by nerd cred on December 17, 2016 at 1:58pm

Well, at least it's warm. (-9c = +15f) Here it's +5f (-15c.)   
Tomorrow the high predicted is -7f (-22c)

But we only got about 6-8" of snow so there's that. And I was driving on plowed roads in the middle of it. And that. And they dropped the prediction for more snow today - the storm must have moved through faster than expected. Next predicted for Wed.

AND after tomorrow summer returns for a bit - the temps will be +22f (-5c) through +33f (+.5c) through Saturday. Sunday it drops back to +15f (09c).

The other day I put the dog out and thought it seemed kind of warm. It was +2f (-17c). It had been very windy the day before so I guess I was thinking comparatively.

My kitchen is fucking cold all the time but the boiler is holding up so the rest of the house is a balmy 68 - I'm way too northern to tolerate it warmer.

Thank god winter only lasts 6 months.

Comment by JMac1949 Today on December 17, 2016 at 2:00pm

I remember after a two day snow storm which knocked out the power for five days in the mountains of San Bernardino, CA,  it took me two days to dig out of my mountain cabin.  Right now it's 76F in Bastrop, Texas.  By Midnight it will be 28F.  First freeze of the season.  Sometimes it actually snows, more often than not we get sleet and ice storms.

Comment by koshersalaami on December 17, 2016 at 2:40pm

I hate highs below zero. I saw a few of those in Lafayette, IN - where the interstate near our old neighborhood was stopped for twelve hours. The had to evacuate people from cars to a local shelter. 

Here just about 4-5" overnight. Unlike anywhere else I've lived since childhood, they really know how to plow here. We live way up a series of hills and we're afraid we"d need 4wd vehicles here. Really, no. They plow well and fast. 

Comment by Myriad on December 17, 2016 at 5:54pm

Nerd - "Thank god winter only lasts 6 months."  The prayer of a true northerner!  But I'm happy to leave my heritage behind...  And I'm keeping my house here nice and cozy, having this full-size furnace to heat a small (RV-comparable) place.  Back east I only heated my kitchen, tho on really cold nights I might turn on the hall radiator so some heat would drift upstairs. Especially liked sleeping in a cold room (with lots of blankets and animals).  Here I throw off the blankets in the middle of the night.  Having trouble getting the right combination...and sadly cannot use the wonderful matching-the-walls lovely soft microfiber blanket because it's just too warm...

JMac, I remember you being in that cabin, and it sounded kinda scary.  Back east the power mostly stayed on (except during the big ice storm of a couple decades ago), but I knew lots of people with wood stoves that I could go hang out with...and my plow guy always was prompt, and the county was good with the roads, so I was rarely (tho occasionally) stranded.  Tho in my early years in my shack in the country, before I got insulation, or a proper heating system, and had no water or sewer for, haha, the six months of winter...  But I was young and hearty then...

Kosh - My daughter used to live in Seattle, up a hill, and the city doesn't really know what to do with snow, let alone ice, nor the drivers either...fortunately the slippy slopes took care of themselves pretty quickly.  With your move, you're gonna have to get acclimatized ...  But northern cities take care of the snow - the Montreal snow clearance is monstrous, but needs to be - big plows blowing snow into a train of dump trucks... and beforehand there's loud hooting to warn drivers to get their damned cars off the streets or they'll be towed - towed by the dozens, by the hundreds, to make way for the giant snow-eating machines... And getting your damned car off the street could be a problem...finding it under the snow, to start with.

Comment by Phyllis on December 17, 2016 at 6:00pm

We were supposed to get into the high 30s today and melt the ice- we were barely above 20F. So now the ice is piling up on my ice, I'm going to try salting my driveway tomorrow and make some dimples. Orlando is a great place to overwinter.

Comment by Jonathan Wolfman on December 17, 2016 at 6:20pm

such wusses   here we struggle in a terrible mid-atlantic drizzle!

Comment by Myriad on December 17, 2016 at 7:01pm



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