Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Snow Day (and an update)

How is your January going?  As you may have guessed by the lack of posts on the blog, ours has been more than usually busy.  Thanks to those of you who have let me know that you are missing my posts and emails.  I want to share some photos of the "epic" blizzard Juno from our house in Concord, MA.  I hope that you are safe and warm and still have power if you are also in the path of this storm.

We actually had quite a bit of snow over the past weekend - about 7 inches - but we managed to get most of that cleared away and the roof raked before "the big one" came to town.  This is the view out our front door around 1 pm on Monday.

The snow started falling lightly around Monday afternoon and by dinner time there was just a light coating.

 For some reason, this one brick in our front walk was rejecting the snow!

There was a good coat of snow at our neighbor's house across the street at 6 p.m. Monday.

Here is the same view today at around 11:30 a.m. - their front steps and most of the wall in front of the house have disappeared!

There was some snow on our back deck on Saturday, but the area under the overhanging roof was totally clear.

Around 6 p.m. Monday, snow was falling lightly and you could still see the bottom of the railings.

In the middle of the night (very early Tuesday a.m.) the snow was piling up.

By mid-day Tuesday, things had changed.  There is too much snow for me to get out on to the deck to take more photos.

The temperature isn't terribly low - but low enough.  This is actually a good thing since it means that the snow is light and fluffy instead of heavy and wet.  However, when the temperatures are colder, the light snow means that there are many more inches of accumulation.

I don't think we'll be doing any grilling tonight!

Our front door sits inside a sheltered entryway.  Usually this gives us a place to stand and look out at the snow but the winds have blown snow in to fill up the steps and the entry.

 Snow is clinging to the door handle.

There are mini snow drifts in the top window of the garage door.

 When I opened the door to the garage I saw a wall of snow and drifts against the house.

The snow is clinging to the door.

The shape of the door is molded into the snow!

These plant pots look like frosted cupcakes.

Our Adirondack chairs in the back yard are almost covered,  The little bit of green behind them is a rhododendron shrub that is nearly buried.  This photo was taken a few hours ago and the shrub is no longer visible!

My mother-in-law shared this photo of their outdoor table.  They are very happy to be living in their condo now and to have someone else responsible for clearing the walks and driveway!  After 35 years in the same house it was a big change, but a good one.

One of the reasons I haven't been blogging (I have made lots of things but just haven't had  the time to edit photos and write up directions!) is that we are also in the middle of a relocation.  Most people move away from the snow, but we are headed North.  My husband changed jobs last year and is working in New Hampshire and we have purchased a home that is just a short distance from his office. 

We are getting our Concord house ready to sell and this is a big job!  After almost 15 years here, the task of sorting and choosing what to take and what to give away is massive.  Of course, there is also a lot of "sprucing up" to do.  Isn't it funny how your house always looks best when you are ready to leave it?

I'll be sharing photos and more details about the move as we get things sorted out.  Here is a "sneak peek" at my future craftroom.  I am very excited about planning and organizing this space which was used as a work shop by the prior owners.  There are lots of windows at the far end of the room and even though this is part of the walk out lower level, the ceilings are 9 feet high.  I predict there will be some stacked Expedit/Kallax units from IKEA used here.  I am also very happy to have a sink in my new space - it will be easier to do some of the "messy" projects I have in mind.

Well - it's time to start clearing out.  This is what we saw when we opened the big garage door.

Our neighbors are out with their snowblower - I hope these machines can take on this mass of snow.

If you can't read the measure - there are 26 inches in our driveway (which was clear to the blacktop yesterday). 

And it is still snowing...

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  1. Wow! I can't imagine that much snow! I say this as I sit here at the end of a 78° day here in Texas. The snow is so pretty, but I wouldn't like it for more than a day! LOL! Your future craft room looks amazing! We've lived in our house for 21 years. The thought of sorting through what to move makes me tired! Prayers for you my dear! :)

    1. Hi Carol - it's hard to imagine 78 degrees in January! This snow is very pretty - it is the light and sparkly kind. But it is a lot of work and can really mess up your plans - especially if you wanted to travel this week.
      I am super excited about the room - it's nice to have a "blank slate" to start with. I don't know how I'll get through all of the sorting but it will be done!

  2. I think it would be fun to experience that one time. I live in the Pacific Northwest and never had snow like that. We have had no snow so far this winter. I'm sure you're ready to send it my way.
    Stay warm and safe. Thanks for sharing your pictures.

    1. Hi Linda - I would send it your way if I could! When you live in the Northeast, you just learn to deal with it... Fortunately this was a light and fluffy snow so we have not lost power but it will take days to get it all cleared. Glad you enjoyed the photos.

  3. Hi Diane, Great snow pictures! I was surprised to hear you are moving, we are too, we just sold our house today after 2 weeks on the market. I love the look of your new studio, but then I loved you one you had up till now. Wishing you all the best ~ Renee Zarate

    1. Hi Renee - congratulations on the quick sale - I hope we are lucky like that! How did you do with the snow - was it even deeper in Bolton? Where are you going? I hope everything goes smoothly. I'd love to catch up with you before you leave! Best of luck with everything.

  4. Diane,
    I enjoy seeing all your snow pictures. That is a lot of snow!!!!! We were to get a lot more snow than we did but I think about 8inches is enough. Lots of luck in your move. What a great craft room. I am just a little jealous {lol)


    1. Hi Kathy - glad you didn't get too much snow. Eight inches would be easier to shovel! I am a little sad to leave Concord and our friends here and it will take a longer to drive to see our family in this area but the craft room is going to be a nice distraction!

  5. So glad you're okay and hope you remain that way! I guess that means you can start packing since you're stuck inside. Your new craft room looks fantastic!

    1. Thanks Windy - I am OK - just running in too many directions at once! We have been gradually moving things up to the new house but the craft area will be a huge job (it is a good chance to really sort through things so that's good).
      I am excited for the new space - it will be great to have the chance to plan it all out just the way I want it.

  6. Oh my goodness, you've got a lot going on! Glad you are safe and have power! Moving is always bittersweet, but looks like you have a huge incentive to be excited about the move!

    1. Thanks Marilyn! We were very lucky to keep our power but now we have to deal with getting rid of the snow at both houses. I wish this year we could have had one of those minimal snow winters but we'll figure it out. The move is exciting and overwhelming but I think we will be very happy when the dust finally settles and we are in the new house full time!

  7. I have missed your posts and I was worried about you. Good luck with your move. Your new craft space will be awesome. I can't wait to see it when it is complete.

    1. Hi Joanna - that is very sweet - I am sorry to have worried you. It's nice to know you were thinking about me. Its been a crazy time and will be even crazier until everything is done but I hope to have things settled by the middle of the year. The new craft space is a great incentive to make it all work out!


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