Trials of Winter Snow

Well, it’s official. I went online to WMUR.com, our Manchester NH tv station to see snowfall totals for towns and cities. Exeter, NH was listed yesterday morning as receiving an official 17″ with possibly “one or two more inches by the end of the day.” It was a big storm that dumped heavy snow, the worst kind to shovel.

Throughout the storm, I stayed warm and content indoors. Our walkways and driveway were cleared by a service and I spent the day blissfully decorating the home for the holiday accompanied by Alexa’s holiday music. All was well until I spotted this sight across the street:

Cindy - Snowstorm Dec. 3, 2019
Our senior neighbor trying to dig her car out of the mess. It was obvious she had been working for awhile. I watched for a few minutes to see if she was successful.

Cindy - Snowstorm Dec. 3, 2019

 

Cindy - Dec. 3, 2019 snowstorm

She rocked back and forth and nope! She was totally stuck. I alerted my mister who dashed across the street to the rescue. Together they dug and tried again and again to disengage from the snowdrift.

mister and Cindy - snowstorm Dec. 3, 2019

But it wasn’t to be. In the end, it was the seniors’ most trusted rescuers at AAA that saved the day.  They arrived late, loaded the car onto a flatbed truck, and transported her car lickety-split to the street.

Snowstorm Dec. 3, 2019

This snowy misadventure makes me thankful for neighbors who watch out for each other, for our snow removal service that takes good care of us, and for being blessed with warm garages for our cars! This early December snowstorm rewarded us with a spectacular sunset last night meaning high pressure good weather is on the way. And amazingly, all this snow may be a wet memory in 5 days as the weatherman forecasts temperatures possibly spiking near 60°. Yep.

December 3, 2019 snow sunset

 

Holiday Weather

Refreshed. It’s nice to take a blog break sometimes. For a while, I scaled down attention to world headlines, stepped away from a few duties, and devoted attentions and energies to more welcome pleasures…. friends and family. I call it the Great Diversion that involved a bit of travel, important dates with a 3-yr. old, reading books, some Christmas shopping, movie watching, dining out, and brief community duties.

Now it’s December and Santa has replaced the pumpkins and turkeys at our home, but thoughts of Thanksgiving linger.  My daughter nearby hosts Thanksgiving and most of the fixings and we supply several sides for the meal. A year ago she switched from one HUGE turkey to two smaller ones. We all agreed they were easier to roast side by side and fun to prepare using different methods. This year, it was the buttermilk-brined turkey that got the thumbs up over the salt-brined. Pssst: both were delicious!

Thanksgiving 2019

Two of our adult children and their children are heading home today… the most traveled day of the year. One family spent the holiday in Philadelphia with their son at a Meet The Parents event. Pssst: She’s absolutely adorable and so are her parents! All good…

The other family spent the holiday week at a family place on Hilton Head Island where the weather cooperated with sunshine and warmth and lots of beach days. Their excitement was the resident corn snake, a docile and benign snake, that visited their home all week. Thank goodness they respect and admire snakes like I do. All good….

Hilton Head Corn Snake 2019

Today both families will venture home by car while a powerful swath of wintry precipitation will disrupt travel for them. They will cross paths at some point… one to northeast Ohio and the other to Louisville Kentucky after driving to Indiana to return one of our grandchildren to college. This kind of travel is definitely for the young!

The storm’s path will lead it straight to New Hampshire this very Sunday afternoon with a long duration snowstorm. Our weather apps tell us to expect significant snowfall, perhaps bringing blizzard conditions until Tuesday. This may mean a cancellation of a community event I’m involved with to decorate the Exeter Historic Society building for Christmas. I’ve stocked up on hot chocolate for a two or three day hibernation at home. All good….