When You Live In New England…

When you live in New England 6″ of snow overnight is nothing. By the time the sun rises an army of trucks with plows has cleared every road in every direction. Back roads are cleared as well as the main arteries. I know because before sunrise I was out clearing off my SmartCar. I could see exactly how much snow we got, around 6″, because that’s what I had to sweep off my roof, first. It’s the law here to clean your roof. Still, some idiots make excuses when they haven’t done their duty. I hope they get big fat tickets to pay for their laziness.

I intended to head for dunkin donuts this morning not for their donuts but for their 2 for $5 bacon, egg and cheese croissants. Unfortunately I was faced with a police cruiser blockade in the direction I needed to travel so I detoured off to a side street where I promptly got lost. Fortunately I found myself behind one of those snow plows so the road in front of me was cleared. I finally fired up my Tom Tom GPS and hit the “Home” button. It led me in a big loop right back to where I started. I kept going, this time stopping at a Jumbo Donut shop close to my neighborhood. There I bought two bacon & egg bagels. It wasn’t as cheap as Dunkin Donuts and the sandwiches weren’t as good but they would do the job to get me fed.

Now, safely back in my apartment, the sun has risen and the maintenance staff at Calumet Court is busy clearing the parking lot and shoveling the sidewalks. My tracks were still quite easy to see as I had broken virgin snow on the way out. After hanging up all my Winter clothing I settle down in my “man” chair to digest my breakfast and watch the news and weather report. I’m feeling like a nap may be forthcoming! 🙂


7 thoughts on “When You Live In New England…

      • It is probably variable. I certainly do not know much about snow, but it seems to me that some is rather juicy, and some is dry and dusty when very cold. Any bit would be nice I suppose.

      • In my old neighborhood, our average annual rainfall was 14″. It is a chaparral climate in the rain shadow of the Santa Cruz Mountains. In Trona, the average rainfall is 4″! Right now, we are not even getting that much!

  1. This is hard for me to imagine living in Australia. How does this law about clearing snow work? Is there a time limit? Must you get up aat dawn to do it? What if you are physically unable to do it? I think that if I had to navigate snowy, icy streets I would stay at home and make my own eggs on toast.

    • Because of the amount of snow we can get at any time snowplows always get out early to keep the roads clear. It can snow 3″ an hour here. I don’t drive when there’s an overnight snow of 6″ or more. I do stay home and cook my own breakfast in that case. Our previous snowfall was a blizzard and dumped 14″-16″ overnight and through the morning. We clean our snowfall as quickly as we can to stay on top of it. If you’re old and can’t shovel you must hire someone who can. I’m blessed to live in a senior community with a staff on hand to clear all that snow.

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