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As if on cue, a decent snowstorm came calling just a couple days after the official start of winter. We joked that here in Vermont it’s a snowstorm with its forecast of 15-20 inches of snow and in the metropolitan areas of New York City it was forecast as a blizzard. At the time, it was the same snow accumulation forecast, just the way the storm was portrayed differently depending upon which part of the country you are located. Here, it was a snowstorm exactly what is supposed to happen here in winter. We joked that the people in the grocery store hoarding all the eggs, bread and milk must have been “from away” since it was a snowstorm and they were visiting for the holidays and panic at the mere mention of snow.
Of course, being equipped to deal with the snow up here definitely does make it much better. Tom hauled out the tractor to move the snow drifts. We all donned our ski gear, heavy boots, snow pants, ski gloves, neck gaiters, hats and scarves to go outside and no one was particularly cold even in 7 degrees with a 40 mile an hour wind. Everything was open, the roads were plowed. The snow was powdery, light and blew around a lot, but that made it even more interesting and fun. The boys opted to not go snowboarding since the wind was causing lift delays and closures and instead made their own ramp to snowboard off the roof of the potting shed, even with its own jump.
While Mom got a little bit nervous that we might be spending time at the emergency room, it all worked out in the end.
I have been up for quite some time now and readying to wake the boys (I have 3) for school. Weather says that we are going to get a heck of a snowstorm which is good since we haven’t really had a “storm” since before Christmas. They are predicting in the area of 16 inches and I hope that the area is bigger rather than smaller. What a difference between here and Jersey. There, 2 inches of snow strikes panic in the heart of every man and woman and hardly rattles a “whoopie” from any child. It brings an onslaught of “weather warnings” which usually turn out to be nothing except everyone acts like it is the end of the world. Here, in Vermont, no one panics that it is going to snow, in fact, it is “supposed” to snow, that is what winter is all about. The boys will likely be coming home from school in about 5 inches of snow according to the forecast which is unheard of in NJ. We would have either had no school (in anticipation of the snow) or everyone would be out early (because dear god, it is snowing!)I personally am looking forward to it. Some of my best memories go back to snowstorms. In fact a few years ago in Jersey we had the Christmas blizzard (which really amazingly was a blizzard) and it forced a totally unplanned and very cool Christmas at our house since we were unable to get to my sister’s as planned which was an hour away from us in good weather. Of course, since we were going to my sister’s and from there up here to Vermont for vacation, we had no food in our house. But we managed and had quite the fun day doing it with a houseful of guests (family and friends) whose plans likewise yielded to Mother Nature.I plan on getting out early to get some shopping done and come back to hopefully finish writing next month’s issue (one of them at least) and get onto the task of staining my newly built cabinet. We’ll see how it goes…..