Winter Storm Nemo?

An historic storm is battering the East Coast this weekend. The fact that it is arriving just days after the anniversary of the infamous blizzard of ’78 has many of New England’s older residents a little nervous. The fact that the powers that be have named this storm Nemo sort of takes away from its credibility with the younger folk. It’s hard to take anything named Nemo seriously, good golly. Still I hardly think the storm cares what we call it. It will rage regardless.

Governor Patrick cancelled all schools this morning and ordered the streets cleared of all non-emergency vehicles as of noon. So before that I went to the bank and cashed my check so I could pay some bills, stopped by the church to pick up the paperwork I needed to work from home and paid a hospital visit to one of our parishioners who is very glad he isn’t shovelling this weekend. Then I stopped to pick up our emergency ration of bananas and raisins. After all what’s oatmeal without bananas and raisins?  When I pulled into the drive it looked like this.

The storm at 11 A.M.

The storm at 11 A.M.

I called the kids and made sure they were all tucked in at their respective stations and then set about my work. By three the front walk looked like this.

3 P.M.

3 P.M.

But by 7 it looked like this…

7 P.M.

7 P.M.

 

The winds started to blow sideways and visibility went to nothing by  8 P.M. The dogs truly enjoyed their evening stroll through the park.

Jacopo at 8 P.M.

Jacopo at 8 P.M.

 

Mercedes, just glad to be home!

Mercedes, just glad to be home!

After we dried the mutts off and gave them their bed time treats I set about making cup cakes for tomorrow. After all whats a snow day without cupcakes? In case you are thinking I am making this all about food remember I have to keep my strength up for shovelling.

My daddy taught me that if you have to shovel a blizzard its important to stay ahead of the snow. So at eleven I went out to shovel for the first time in the evening. I probably should have shovelled before I made the cupcakes because by 11 P.M. we had drifts over a foot deep in the drive.

11 P.M.

11 P.M.

I’m planning on getting up early to start the driveways and walk ways all over again. I hired a kid named Riley to come and help me get the cars out in the morning. Does Riley sound like a good strong shovelling name to you?  Oh boy! the ploughs just went by! I’ll post some more pictures tomorrow.

JE

 

 

 

 

 

 

16 thoughts on “Winter Storm Nemo?

  1. I can’t believe you are having another huge storm there. Gosh. I love your approach though and the cupcakes for shoveling energy. They might help Riley too! 🙂 God bless you and keep you and yours safe!
    p.s. so glad that I found you again .. .going to sign up for email notices, because I don’t go to my reader!

  2. Well, I’m trying not to do my natural thing: Fret. Thanks for the tip about bananas and raisins–and cupcakes for snow storms? Too cute, Pastor J. God bless you and the fam–love, sis Caddo

  3. It is a good thing you don’t let the dogs out by themselves you would never find them in all that white stuff. I have to say it does remind me of the blizzard of ’78 except I was a little more excited because we got two weeks off of school. May you and Riley have super strength and endurance for all that snow. Oh, enjoy the cupcakes with a nice hot cup of coffee.

  4. Having experienced trudging through snow and sludge and a minus 40 wind chill factor, just looking at the pics makes me feel cold…..brrrrrr…..and happy that I’m in the Bahamas right now….:)

  5. I’ve been watching the news reports of Nemo, thinking of you and my son in New York City.

    As you know, I greatly dislike the heat and humidity here and would love a bit of your cold – but I do NOT want to have to dig my way out! I don’t think shovelling and I would agree.

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