Happy Groundhog Day! It's two-two-two thousand and twenty one (I really wish I could have said two two twenty two...but I'll have to wait another year and even that might be too much!) and we are about to use our second snow day of the year. (I believe we have 4 reserved.) We used our first snow day on December 17th of last year when we got 4-6 inches. In a "normal" school year (remember those days?) that would have been cause enough for a snow day, but since we are in the world of remote/hybrid/anything goes, that total didn't really call for a snow day in my book. But there was concern about wind and power outages, so...
They'd been calling for this Snor'easter (my term, should I copyright it?) for several days. To try and stop it from coming, I went out and purchased yet another shovel. Our two "best" shovels get a little heavy for me. (Especially when there is a LOT of snow.) I have a crappy plastic one that does the job really well, but it IS crappy and the plastic is starting to break. I know that someday I am going to dig and and the whole thing is going to disintegrate. It was under $6 bucks at And That where I purchased other unnecessary stuff that draws me in when I am there. (Like seasonal tablecloths for my dining room table because that is how I roll. Have to have red for Valentine's Day. Never mind the fact that the one I bought is WAY too large...better than too small.)
My attempt at diverting the storm with my purchase failed and it started to slowly come down on Sunday afternoon. The town cancelled garbage pick up early in the day. Later in the day the board of education decided to not have a snow day, but have an all remote 1/2 day. My high school student would still get his 6 classes in from home, but instead of 4 50 minute classes, an hour and half break for lunch (which allows for getting home from actual school when his cohort group is actually in school) and 2 more 50 minute classes, he had 6 back to back 40 minute classes (with a 5 minute break in between classes.) This sort of makes sense to me... I'm not understanding why we couldn't have a "full" day with all remote classes, but I don't know all the intricacies of scheduling ALL the schools (and not just the high school). Not having to drive my son to school (as Monday was "his" scheduled day) and having class is a win in my book. (And there is so little we win these days.)
The Snor'easter landed hard on Monday. But I "went to work" and my son "went to school" so all was well. Of course the snow piled up and piled up; blowing sideways in every which direction. There were some points of the day when I could barely see.
At noon with at least another twenty four hours of snow predicted, this is what "our" world looked like
This "snowman" holds a ruler that goes to eighteen inches. Now, since the wind was blowing, there was some drifting,but still the snow has covered most of the ruler, so I'm thinking at this point in the day we had at least 14" -16" inches on the ground.
The snow was not heavy, which was a good thing, as there was already so much of it that I had to do a "two scoop" shovel. Taking the "top layer" off and throwing it aside before moving on to the "bottom layer."
The worst part of the whole experience was the biting wind and the sudden bursts of snow that would be thrown in my face as I tried to shovel out!
These are the back steps. The snow is as high as the top step. So it was easy to shovel from the top...not so easy as I made my way down to the walkway!
Remember the cute little snowman that measured up to 18 inches of snow? He's somewhere on the left hand side of this photo. You can still sort of see the top of our "Thank You First Responders" sign and a little of the G clef (supporting the high school music program) on the right hand side. Somewhere under the white is my little welcome basket.
And we are done...