|Before the storm...|
I love the photo to the left. It was taken at dusk out of my garage door after I cleaned up the snow from the start of a big storm. The light in the sky was heavy and gray, and you could almost feel the storm coming in. We got pounded that night with over a foot of snow. I've seen this type of light many times this winter late in the day before overnight storms...
I didn't mind the harsh winter this year. In my opinion, I don't have much purpose for winter without the beauty and fun of the snow, so bring it on! :-)
|My greeting in front of the garage door, blocked with 20 inches of snow!|
Of course, I learned the hard way about the new laws in the U.S. that were implemented in 2010 that increased the amount of ethanol in our gas. Why does this matter to me? You can't store your power equipment with gas in it during the off seasons anymore. The new fuel turns gummy in the fuel lines and carburetor and makes the equipment run very badly. Of course, not knowing this ahead of time, my snow blower was one of my pieces of equipment that I left the gas in over last summer and all of this snow was that much harder to clear because the machine was not running right.
|Clearing the driveway after a storm of more than a foot of snow...|
The kids had a lot of fun with the first few storms because there was so much snow that it was funny to try to walk and play in it. But then we got another storm. And another. Soon the snow was too deep for sledding. The sleds didn't move!
Then we got an ice storm on top of it all and that turned everything into a solid block of ice and snow. The fun was over.
|Me, at work, on one of our smaller storm cleanups...|
Now the kids will have their spring vacation chipped into so that we can return days to the school calendar.
Was it me who said I wanted all this snow?! :-)
So as we roll toward the end of February, I can say now that I've had my fill of winter. The storms were fun, everyone got to play around a lot, and now it's time for spring. I especially began to feel this way today with a classic day of "spring fever". The high temperatures and the birds singing brought that on...
|The birds want their bath back...|
Soon, my friends...........soon.