Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Post-storm progress

Thanks to everyone who's been checking on us after this blockbuster blizzard (now that's a mouthful!).

It seemed to take the city f-o-r-e-v-e-r to plow our street but they finally got to it! We started shoveling our sidewalk and driveway on Saturday afternoon and only got about half or three-quarters done! Man, it was work!! Then on Sunday afternoon we finally got the rest done.
 
They have a law here that you have to completely shovel your sidewalk 24 hours after the snow stops because people then start walking in the streets and can get run over. Plus, when public school opens back, they want to make sure children have a safe sidewalk.
 
Then there's this other law that says you have to shovel a path from the street to your front door to allow medical or police to rescue you if there's some kind of emergency.
 
We ended up getting well over two feet of snow! It went down as the 5th largest snow storm in history for this area, or at least since the 19th century!! The first layer of snow was kinda light and fluffy but then it changed to a wet (and heavier) snow, so we got a good workout, believe me!
 
We were lucky not to have lost power, but close to a half-million people did. They're still working to get everybody back on line.
 
It was nice to see everybody in the neighborhood come out and help each other. We're back to school and work today (boo!) and believe me, it will be nice to get back into some of our our regular routines. We definitely started getting cabin fever, but, well, we made the best of it (*wink, wink*). 

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  1. Holy cripes!! Check out this video from Siberia:

    http://youtu.be/2LFtYUUXJlE

    I don't think I'll be complaining about the cold anytime soon...

    I hope your back has recovered from all the shoveling, Matty. Glad to hear Bradley kept you warm. :-)

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    1. Holy Moley! That's -41 degrees Celsius! Holy Moley!

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    2. Madison said..."I hope your back has recovered from all the shoveling, Matty. Glad to hear Bradley kept you warm. :-)"

      Thanks, Madison. It's amazing how many muscles there are deep down that I guess don't get used that much. I'm still a little sore, but, well... tune in tomorrow...

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  2. Glad the two of you weathered the storm well. It was fun wasnt it? Not! Glad its over but we're supposed to get more Thursday....ugh. Have a great day guys!

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    1. I know! More snow! ---hey, that rhymes! :)

      It looks like where we are, we might get an inch or slightly more. But along the south coast, Cape Cod and the Islands, they're saying 2 to 4 inches! Holy Moley!

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    2. But at least it's starting to melt now. These 45 degree F days are a real godsend! :)

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  3. Nice and sunny here. Just sayin'

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    1. Cruel. Just cruel, Ivie! :)

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    2. Just like a typical Californian! Rub it in! :)

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  4. Glad to hear you guys are getting back to normal and that you weathered the storm all right. I don't envy you that snow removal. Here we only had about a foot...and we have a snowblower to make quick work of it. Of course, wrestling with that thing has left me with some awesome bruises! Sometimes I think it's worth it to shovel instead.

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    1. Kris, I'm with you about the snowblower! I'd love to invest in one. On our street, two people have them and they were so generous in helping the rest of us out.

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  5. I like the sound of those laws, we could do with something similar here. Do you have to salt the area you've cleared to stop it getting icy? I'm glad you didn't lose power and I hope that's the last storm you get this winter. :-)

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    1. Alder, I hope, hope, hope this is the last storm!!

      Yeah, it's a good idea to throw some salt or de-icer down because there's always some ice remaining on the surface. Even it it gets warmer (like today it's in the mid-40s F), it usually goes below freezing again at night and ices back.

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  6. Hi Bradley,

    So glad you and Matty didn't lose power. My cousin, who lives on Cape Cod, did lose power, but they have 2 generators, because that situation occurs all the time.

    Anyway, it seems you guys made the best of it. I'm sure you got a lot of studying done, right? :) Hope this latest snow prediction won't be much. At least with 2 days of warmer temps it may not stick.

    Hugs to you both.

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    1. Hi Susan. Yeah, the southeastern part of the state, including the Cape and the Islands, got hit really hard. And, uh, yeah... we got lots of studying done! Inbetween other activities to take up all this excess time! ;-)

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  7. Hey guys, glad to hear your all dug out. I got up Saturday morning and couldn't figure out how to get my dog thru out sliding glass door and into the backyard :) My husband ended up snow blowing a maze for him to run around, thank goodness he's big, if we had a little dog they'd be in trouble! Fingers crossed for no more slow, I feel like we'll be looking at this until April.

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    1. What a great idea your husband had, Carey, to snow blow a maze in the snow for your dog to run around in. I swear I felt so closed in the whole weekend but next time I'm going to ask one of the neighbors who has a snowblower to make me a maze just wide enough to run around in. LOL. Great idea! :)

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    2. Haha! We probably looked pretty crazy, my husband, my son, my dog and myself all running around the backyard :) You gotta do what you gotta do to not go crazy with snow like this!

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  8. That's so good you didn't lose power. And I will be wishing warmer weather for you soon!

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    1. Thanks, Amanda. We're in the mid-40s now, at least during the day! Yay!

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  9. Glad to hear you're both doing okay. And yeah, shoveling that much snow must be worth five or six workouts at the gym.

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    1. Hi Colorful! Yeah, exactly. Or maybe 9 or 10 workouts at the gym!! The fluffy snow was fun, but the wetter and heavier stuff was quite a workout! :)

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  10. Thanks for keeping us up to date - I'm glad you're okay. Since you didn't lose power, hopefully you got to have some fun while housebound, instead of having to beat the cold by spending all that time snuggling together under the covers... Hmm, that could have been fun too.

    I hope the rest of the winter gives you a break. ((hugs))

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    1. Kaje, you got that right! I swear it was painful to stay cooped up in the house. But, well, we did manage to find some ways to expend that excess energy. :)

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  11. We were thinking of you! We kept switching from CNN & local Toronto news and both stations mentioned Boston as worst hit. Glad you're okay. We got maybe a foot of snow but the winds caused major drifting, it looked like more.

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    1. Yeah, looks like Boston has a history of making news, some of it not so admirable. There's a phrase ("Banned in Boston") that has stuck here and I now want it to apply to snow! This is from Wikipedia:

      "Banned in Boston" was a phrase employed from the late 19th century through the mid-20th century to describe a literary work, motion picture, or play prohibited from distribution or exhibition in Boston, Massachusetts, USA. During this period, Boston officials had wide authority to ban works featuring "objectionable" content, and often banned works with sexual or foul language."

      Blizzards should be included in those things Banned in Boston! LOL

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    2. So interesting. I didn't know the origin of the expression. I'd be banned for sure since the F-bomb is my release valve lol. And yes to banning dangerous weather conditions. Looking forward to hearing how you survived the massages.

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  12. Glad y'all made it through ok. Now it just waiting forever for all the snow to finally melt ;) Have a great rest of the week!!

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    1. Hey Christy. I guess because of the higher temps during the day (mid-40s), it's melting a little faster that usual. There are these HUGE mountains of snow, however, in parking lots that are going to take a lot longer.

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  13. I think some one (if not both of you) need a soothing massage to help heal those sore muscles from all that shoveling.

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    1. Talking about massages, tune in tomorrow, Jerry.

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  14. WOW!!! I'm not even sure I'll see so much snow when I'll go skiing in 3 weeks!!! :P

    Glad you're okay guys. They did show Boston under the snow in the news here... you are celebrities now!!!! :)

    Hope the days coming will be warmer. *hugs to you both*

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    1. You're going skiing in 3 weeks, huh? Right now the image of all that snow is making me stressed! LOL!! Seriously, hope you have fun, which I'm sure you will! :)

      Hugs to you also, Carnell.

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    2. Actually in 16 days... and I cannot wait!!! I really like being there. The silence at the top of the mountains is what I enjoy the most. Thank you Brad, I'm sure I'll have fun :)

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  15. I've been to Boston once, in the summer. I'd love to get back up there since I love New England so much.

    Don't strain anything digging out!
    Peace <3
    Jay

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