Monday, February 23, 2015

The Snow Keeps Mounting-But I DID See a Robin on Saturday

Mother Nature Adorns the Entryway

The Kousa dogwood now looks like a bush, trunk all covered.

Walkways like rat mazes. 
With snow totals nearing 100 inches in just a month, the amount of snow we have shoveled is truly
unbelievable. We pay homage to our snowblower on a daily basis. Our temps are still in the teens during the days and single numbers or below zero at night and most everyday boasts a much colder "feels like" temperature due to the 20 mph wind chills. Then, out of the blue, we get a weather report saying that though our weekend storm would start with 4-8 inches of snow, it would change over to rain on Sunday with temps in the high thirties, possibly even touching 40 degrees! Though this temperature would be a wonderful reprieve, the thought of the weight of the snow AFTER the rain sent many cautious Mainers running for their roof rakes. Hope of a weekend visit to Jess and Pete's was quickly put on the back burner as we planned a day of clearing at the Lodge on Saturday and a day of clearing at Raymond Ct. on Sunday. We arrived at about 10:30 a.m. we were surprised to find about 30" of snow on the deck and walkways, much more than the last two storms had given Bath. And sure enough, by the time we headed for home on Saturday evening, it was snowing a blizzard, so we thought the forecast might come true. However, we awoke to brilliant sunshine on Sunday which momentarily bummed me out as the thought of Lexi, Della and Annette jumping on us to wake us up seemed like it could'a, should'a happened. But, only minutes into pulling 2-3 feet of snow away to reveal those cursed ice damns on the roof edges, convinced me that despite the pleasant surprise in weather, we had made the right choice. We cleared roofs and dormer roofs and porch roofs and garage roofs from 9:30 a.m. until 6:30 p.m. Now perhaps the sun would have melted the snow before the next storm, and perhaps it would be down to a better depth before the first rain falls... but there is a lot of comfort in knowing that your roof will stay "over" your head instead of "on top" of your head!.. not to mention, I am going to have killer byceps!

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