17DEC2020 – OCF Update

And so actual winter in cursed New England begins for real.

17DEC2020 at the Compound

They’re saying by the end we’ll have 8″ to 18.”  Let’s say based on wind drifts that there is maybe eight inches on the ground right now.  That’s an actual snowfall.  Twenty five years ago the people up here were hardy and would just clear what they had to and go to work and school.  Now they cower in place and wait for the weather gods to subside before venturing out in Kill Storm Methuselah or whatever silly name they make up for any kind of weather.

But we are unfazed here.  I am enjoying the bracing air and rejoice in the knowledge that in this normal winter weather, the snow will be dry and relatively easy to throw.  Hope everyone in the Northeast has a safe day, after all, the real challenge around here is the nuts driving around on the bad roads.  Steer into the skid and aim for a really soft looking snow pile.

06DEC2020 – OCF Update

Sorry if things are a little slow this weekend with the posts, I’ve been enjoying the New England weather.

This weekend we have been blessed with an early December snow storm.  And even though it’s not the first snow of the season this was the first legitimately annoying snow of the year.  That’s because it was one of our trifecta storms.  It starts with a typhoon of rain, then it shifts to sleet and ends with a good think layer of snow.  When you get that combination it is delightfully heavy and certain to cause back ache, heart palpitations and exhaustion.  And it requires two separate removal operations.  Once the sleet ends and the snow begins in earnest you have to remove the slushy layer before it turns into a bottom layer of rock-like ice.  So you spend several hours (depending on the size of your driveway and parking area) shoveling and slinging slush and that is the heaviest snow there is.  And unfortunately snow blowers really don’t handle slush very well so this has to be done with the good old snow shovel.

Then you wait until the storm is over and remove the snow.  But unfortunately there is always an ice layer at the bottom even after the initial slush removal step so this is never as easy as a dry snowstorm.  It rained here on Friday through to Saturday morning.  The sleet started early and the snow began at 10 am.  I spent about three hours on Saturday slinging slush.  The snow was over by Sunday morning and I got to work again and finished up by 2 pm today.  Global warming, my foot.

So I’m behind on my writing but I haven’t heard about anymore snow coming anytime soon so I’ll catch up pretty quickly.  Maybe the lousy weather is why New Englanders are such perverse creatures.  They want to share their misery with everyone and being experts they do a thorough job.

24DEC2019 – Christmas Eve – OCF Update

Merry Christmas !

Posting will be less frequent today and tomorrow for obvious reasons.  Camera Girl and I will be visiting with the relatives and I will be eating entirely too much rich food.  To all the readers (even you atheists and woke weirdos) I hope you have the brightest and best holiday with those you hold dear.

“when the snow lay round about, deep and crisp and even.”