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Winter Storm.-BLIZZARD-Not really but beautiful to watch.

Saturday, February 09, 2013

We woke up to a complete white out and the wind was blowing very light snow like a sand storm in the desert.
I went for my camera to take pictures for a friend who likes snow pictures.
My camera battery needed changing and that always messes with the date. It refused to change the date so I left it off completely I wanted to get the day going, I knew I had a lot to get done.



This is our street around 9 am. Not unlike many storms in the past but this one actually had a name, I had no idea till I talked to a friend tonight.
So this apparently was NOMI-? it dumped 20 inches some place where they measure snow.
We had some bare ground. Very few roofs had snow on them it was such light fluffy flakes and it was cold so they blew like confetti in the wind, up-down-sideways even circles. We loved watching it.



There were drifts outside our front window, they were up to the glass and the front bay window I can walk under.The snow is even deeper this evening.



I looked across to see if the steps might be clear. DREAM ON PAT.
this shows the wrought iron hand rails and the mound of snow.
The steps were covered up to the rails and more. That door was no longer a way out.

The front was really deep, it still is and it will stay that way, we never use that driveway. I am hoping the city will move it.

We are on the corner and the utility pole stops the plow getting close to our driveway and the next door neighbours driveway. She managed to get her part blown but she came round to the back of our house with her blower and helped me with our big driveway.
I could not get out of the back door I went out of the patio door, the patio was clear of snow from the wind blowing it away to the back door itself.



You can see from the patio door to the garage but the back door deck has a bare edge.



This is the path I have to dig through to get to the garage door, snow was up to my elbows at the bottom step.
I needed to see how much snow was in front of the door so we had to move all of that so I could see if the door was clear--No way!
The snow was as high as the top of the front garage door, I wish I had remembered to take the camera out but we had to get it broken down it was completely covered and I could not get my blower out.

She(another Pat and her friend Patti) had arrived, they started to move the bottom layer of the pile and I opened the door just enough to push snow in to their path and eventually we had hole wider than the blower . I asked them to move back and I would open the door -it's a double door and I wanted the snow to stay put.

The door went up and I stood behind 2 snow walls, started the blower and hurried out through the gap with the machine, I closed the door immediately and none fell in to the garage.

Once we had both blowers going we just kept watching through the snow to be sure we did not get hurt in the snow stream from the augers.

The back driveway is a circle and we are the end of it and the plow did not push the snow very far back. The snowbank was about 15 feet away from the driveway. The snow marker poles were buried so he had no clue where the driveway was. We had so little snow until now so he has had little practice this year.
It took both blowers side be side to move that huge mound but we did it.

My aching back was happy to quit and so I thanked my good neighbours and Pat and her machine made a path for the Gas delivery man as she went back to their house.

I sat with a hot rice bag in my back and DH made me some hot tea.
We watched a DVD I borrowed from the library and ate chicken stew for dinner.

I feel I accomplished a lot and poor DH had a guilt trip. We both love to play in the snow and he would have loved to be out there.

Maybe next time !
I just hope you can see my pictures. Snow is hard to see.
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JLLOVETT 2/13/2013 4:04PM

    emoticon emoticon warm tea to warm up with.
I remember snow blowers form my childhood....don't need them now in Mississippi emoticon

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DEBBIEANNE1124 2/11/2013 6:03PM

    Yikes! That's an awful lotta powder to dig out from under. I hope it melts soon. A friend in Portland Maine showed a picture of his deck and they had 39.4" Stay safe

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1BEACHWALKER 2/11/2013 5:34PM

    Wow! That is some snow!! Glad you had such good neighbors to help you out! Be careful out there! Thanks for the pics-really a treat to see snow, since I haven't seen any in 9 years! emoticon

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POOHGIRL1970 2/11/2013 1:11PM

    Glad you are safe! Sorry you have to shovel all that snow, doesn't get any easier as we get older!

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GINIEMIE 2/11/2013 10:23AM

    They are nice pictures Pat, and they make me feel cold just looking at them.

Hugs.
Ginie

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123ELAINE456 2/10/2013 9:49PM

  Beautiful Pictures, Huge Amount of Snow and Thank God for Neighbors helping each other. Glad You managed in getting the Shoveling and Snow Blowing done. Take it Easy and Don't Overdue it Please. Why don't you let the Snow in the Driveway that You Don't use melt on it own? Saves a lot of work for You if You do. Glad the roofs in your area are fine too. Get Plenty of Rest and Sleep. Take Care of Your Back too. Glad that Things are Okay. God Blessings to You and Everyone on This Lord's Day. Enjoy the Day. Tell DH that He will be able to get out in the Sow next Year. Take Care. Hugs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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NEEDSHELP52 2/10/2013 6:25PM

    Pat, that was some snow! we use to live in Syracuse, NY just below the snow belt. They would have to truck the snow out of there because they would run out of room. Stay warm and take care of your back. HUGS, Terry

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WOWEETOO 2/10/2013 5:08PM

    YEEHAW snow cream days lol
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SUNNY332 2/10/2013 3:43PM

    They were great pictures. Beautiful snow! So glad you have not lost power.

I will be looking for your post today.

Sunny

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TXGRANDMA 2/10/2013 3:36PM

    Wow!!! You really got buried! That was DEEP SNOW!!! emoticon

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KNOX50US 2/10/2013 11:26AM

    Nice pictures. We got lots of drifting and since we have a metal roof the snow seemed to pile on. We are in western Maine - by the sounds of it so are you! We are about 35 minutes to the NH border on Route 2! We were lucky we did not lose power. It was a great day to make some homemade chicken noodle soup from a recipe I found on Sparkpeople.

Susan

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NASFKAB 2/10/2013 10:50AM

  thanks for sharing the beautiful pictures

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IOEINC 2/10/2013 10:16AM

    Amazing pictures. I was hoping that your neighbor would help out and she did. What an emoticon she is. Sounds like you had a nice time with DH cocooning after all that work!!

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MILLISMA 2/10/2013 9:52AM

    Pat,

Your pictures are amazing and thankfully you had the light fluffy snow and not the heavy stuff. Except that the light stuff really blows around.

Stay warm and enjoy the beauty of the snow. It reaaly is gorgeous, just wish we didn't have to shovel it. lol

hugs...Mary Anne

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ADAGIO_CON_BRIO 2/10/2013 9:31AM

    Lovely pictures! I hope that you are staying warm.

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GAMMY98 2/10/2013 9:12AM

    Great Pictures Pat. I am gla you have friends to help you sure is a lot of snow. Were I live we got some ice and a little coating of snow. Ice was about and inch thick on my car. emoticon

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IMAGINGPRO 2/10/2013 8:57AM

    Great Pics. Sorry can't write much. Had hand surgery Friday.

Love Dot

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GOANNA2 2/10/2013 8:35AM

    Thanks for sharing the pictures Pat. Now that is
a lot of snow. You were pretty busy clearing it.
Lucky to have great neighbours. Stay warm and
safe. emoticon

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AWESOMECHELZ 2/10/2013 8:30AM

    Reminds me of my time in northern Illinois and northern Utah! LOTS of snow. Enjoy its beauty and stay warm. emoticon emoticon Chelsea

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EFFIEANNIE 2/10/2013 8:28AM

    I bet you were tired. The pictures were great! While you were working, I played. We went snoeshoeing in the forest preserve yesterday. We bought them in 2011 and never had enough snow to use them until now. It is really tiring to do it. But I got my exercise in. So nice you have good neighbors there to help you. Have a good Sunday.

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JANEDOE12345 2/10/2013 8:26AM

    I think you had bigger drifts than I did, for sure. And you did all the work! I am lucky to have a neighbor who loves to help and I had very little to do to get cleared out. Keep that rice bag on your back and I hope you aren't achy for long. emoticon

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CHALLENGER15 2/10/2013 8:16AM

    And I thought I had seen big snows here in MO!



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BETHGILLIGAN 2/10/2013 8:05AM

    An amazing amount of snow!! I can't believe you got so much cleared!! You had to have been exhausted and I'm sure poor hubby was sad he wasn't with you!! I checked on the storm naming yesterday. I think this is the first year they've done this and, to my surprise, it is NOT the national weather service. It is only the weather channel who has decided to name them. Publicity ploy? National weather service is against it. Very interesting! Stay safe and warm!!!
The pictures are beautiful!!!

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ROSEWCI 2/10/2013 6:42AM

    Oh my! Now that's alot of snow! Keep safe & warm guys! emoticon

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GDY2SHUZ 2/10/2013 2:41AM

    You have had a very busy day. Good neighbours are a God Send, take turns helping each other.

When the plow comes, maybe the rest of your paths and driveways will be cleared too.

Get another night of good sleep. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KATHY024 2/10/2013 2:02AM

    My Goodness Pat!! You have more than your share of snowflakes!!

I'm glad it was light and fluffy!

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EGGBASKET1 2/10/2013 1:27AM

    WOW ! THAT IS A LOT OF SNOW ! THANKS FOR SHARING THOSE PICTURES. SO GLAD YOU MADE IT THROUGH THE STORM SAFELY. KEEP SAFE AND DON'T OVER DUE. THINK WARM THOUGHTS, SPRING IS AROUND THE CORNER !!! HUGS...EGG

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RD03875 2/10/2013 1:07AM

    Nemo was the name of the storm. Glad you are warm, dry and have power. I really do miss the snow. I just wonder what my house looks like.
Thanks for sharing your pictures

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ARTJAC 2/9/2013 11:37PM

    GREAT PICTURES PAT I FEEL A LOT COOLER NOW emoticon emoticon

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EVWINGS 2/9/2013 11:34PM

    Wonderful picture, Pat. I dont miss the snow at all. ood to know DH is doing so well!!

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LITTLEWIND53 2/9/2013 11:01PM

    Actually, It is probably a blessing that it was such light fluffy snow. Imagine how hard to move if it had been heavy "wet" snow.

Glad you got your area cleared. And hope that is the last big storm of the season for you....

(((Hugs)))

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TERRI289 2/9/2013 11:01PM

    Great pictures, crazy storm...,

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GRACEISENUF 2/9/2013 10:40PM

    Thank for sharing the pics...I wondered how hard you would be hit by the storm and I prayed for all in it's path.

So glad you made it through safely and without damage.

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BRAVELUTE 2/9/2013 10:39PM

    Amazing. You know I'm a wimp when it comes to cold weather, but I'd like to play in it (not work in it like you did) for a little while!!

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BRENDAGAIL9 2/9/2013 9:43PM

    Thanks for sharing the snow pictures, Pat. I haven't seen snow like that since we moved from Nebraska in 1963. I really admire your spunk for getting out there and clearing it away. I guess it's all about what we are used to doing.

Don't overdo!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 2/9/2013 9:24PM

    It's so nice that you love snow. I would have flipped out! LOL.

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PICKIE98 2/9/2013 9:22PM

    I am very sick today, going to bed now at six, but did not step outdoors,, will try to take pics tomorrow. we got one foot or more

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OURELEE1 2/9/2013 9:20PM

  Pat. Thanks for the pictures. Please be careful. It is so pretty to look at but so much work. Take care. Charlotte

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DOWNEASTLASS 2/9/2013 9:17PM

    Aren't the drifts amazing? I haven't seen snow like this in years and years!! I'm waiting until tomorrow to go out and tackle the front walk. I hope my snow plow guy can eventually clear the snow out from in front of my truck. There's a lot out there!

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SHERYLDS 2/9/2013 9:16PM

    I love Maine but you have to be tough to live thru your winters.
Keep safe and warm

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1CRAZYDOG 2/9/2013 8:50PM

    Wow! That's a lotta snow! Glad you're alright.

HUGS

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