The Much Calmer Storm Before The Storm

Snow AustinAccording to The Weather Channel, Modern Philosophers, Snow Miser made a donation of five inches of snow overnight.

That’s a mere drop in the bucket compared to what is expected on Tuesday, however.  Every time I check the weather report, the predictions for Tuesday’s nor’easter are larger.  I’m now hearing we could get up to 3 feet of the unwanted white stuff.

That’s Buffalo kind of snow.  We don’t need that here!

I spent my Sunday morning clearing snow from the property on which The House on the Hill stands.  As always, I was followed by a camera crew, so I can share the experience with you.

It’s starting to really bother me that the interns are happy to take photos of me shoveling the snow, but won’t pick up a shovel to lend a hand…

snow kittyThe first thing that caught my attention when I stepped out on the porch, was the trail of kitty prints across the driveway.

My neighbors across the street have outdoor cats, and it looks like one of them ran across my driveway and lawn to get home.  Stay safe, kitties!

For the record, Cali and Luna will never be allowed out in the snow.

Snow HouseThis is how The House on the Hill looked this morning.  Please note the beautiful blue sky.  That will be important later.

Snow drivewayA shot of the driveway from the garage.  You can see the kitty prints running diagonally across the middle of the snow.

Those giant footprints on the right are from my enormous Monkey Boy feet.

snow 1My neighbors’ son-in-law was out with the snow blower, hence the path down my driveway.  The city sidewalk plow came through at some point this morning, and that’s why there is a clear path running perpendicular to the one made by the snow blower.

Apparently, that shovel is only there for show at this point…

snow shovelAction photo of the shovel in use to prove I actually did something other than supervise a photo shoot.

snow sidewalkThe city sidewalk plow cleared the way for people to make it up my street.  Last week, however, when I was home sick, the sidewalk plow came up my block, knocked over my garbage can, and just left my garbage spilled all over the street.

Needless to say, I was not impressed with the sidewalk plow guy on that occasion.

snow cornerJust a glamor shot taken from the street because I know there are some of you who insist that snow is beautiful.  If you love it so much, why don’t you marry it and take it to live far away from The House on the Hill???

snow BangorThe road into Bangor is clear.  The sun is shining.  What a nice day, right?

Hold that thought…

snow streetA shot of one of the neighbors across the street shoveling her driveway.

snow roofI’m always obsessing over the roof above the bathroom because it leaked last year.  Well, here’s a shot of it, Modern Philosophers, before I got to work on it with the roof rake.

As you can see, an ice dam had formed at the edge and there were large icicles just hanging there, mocking me.  None of that is there now!

snow rakeThe side roof on the other side of the house.  Just wanted to show you my roof rake form.  Got this one all cleared off, too.  Didn’t want two to three more few of snow piling on top of what was already there.  That would not be a good situation.

Don’t worry, I also cleared off those steps and got those giant icicles that you can see peeking out from under the middle one.

snow grayRemember how bright and sunny all the previous photos were?  Well, right before I went back inside, the sky turned an apocalyptic shade of gray, and it started to snow.

Doesn’t that look eerie, Modern Philosophers?

snow gray 2One last shot of the scary, foreboding sky.  Perhaps a harbinger of things to come on Tuesday?  I am not looking forward to that blizzard!

Hope you enjoyed this Sunday morning tour of the snowy grounds of The House on the Hill.  Anytime you’d like to visit and help shovel, you are more than welcome!

About Austin

Native New Yorker who's fled to the quiet life in Maine. I write movies, root for the Yankees, and shovel lots of snow.
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25 Responses to The Much Calmer Storm Before The Storm

  1. NotAPunkRocker says:

    Our last place didn’t have a porch, so we let creature #1 step outside since he was curious to see what snow was about. That lasted all of 30 seconds, if that.

  2. idiotprufs says:

    Living in an area where we routinely get lake effect snow, I have empathy but no sympathy.

  3. E.L. Wicker says:

    Such beautiful pictures. I know it’s an annoyance to you, but I would marry it and take it away with me. SNOW – YAY!

  4. markbialczak says:

    Ugh. It’s awful. Blue sky, beautiful. Gray sky, foreboding. Blizzard forecast, gruesome. Enough, Snow Miser. Sorry, Austin.

  5. First I’m gonna have to say what you don’t want to hear…the photos are beautiful, the house on the hill, and property all blanketed in snow. But then I can commiserate because that white fluffy stuff just needs to vamoose and no longer exist! Where I live, oh yeah we’re expecting 30+inches and hurricane force winds, not a pretty combination, especially living mere 5 miles from the ocean & bay. I may just come up to Maine to escape this stuff. lol 🙂

  6. AC says:

    Take cover. I love the snow. That’s ’cause I live in the desert and hardly see it. But your sudden weather change reminds me of a December day I was visiting a relative in New Hampshire. It was 60 degrees, so they lit up the barbecue for an outdoor banquette. Suddenly, literally out of the blue, the wind began howling. Within a half hour the temperature dropped about twenty degrees and it began to snow. The banquette was quickly moved inside.

  7. Gail says:

    Remember “The Cat in the Hat Comes Back”?
    This was no time for play.
    This was no time for fun.
    This was no time for games.
    There was work to be done.

    At least it’s not pink snow:-)

  8. Pamela Edwards says:

    Great pics Austin , looks to me as if you have more than enough snow already . What’s up with that Old Man Winter ? Lighten up on our Northern friends , they could use a break . Stay warm & Safe Austin . ☺

  9. Wondering if you made it through the blizzards? Hearing now that said snow is on its way to us in the UK. Thank you so much 🙂

    P.S. Great photos. This years Christmas card already done for you .

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