From my Feb 28, 2008 Discussion Board
We in Maine, along with
much of the country, have had record snowfalls and cold this
winter. Snow is up to and around the windows, our second
door is piled 2/3 of the way up with snow, and we and the
snowplow have simply run out of room to put the snow.
Over 100 inches of snow this year, and
northern Maine has nearly 200 inches. Snow and ice
have combined to bring many large tree branches down again
this year, and our road is just barely one car wide and made
of ice, and it will take lots of melting before the road
sees bare ground again. Town plows can't get through; they
just let a pickup truck plow as best as it can and the cars
and snowmobilers pack it down as they slide side to side
between the snowbanks. Not much different than a hundred
years ago. Warmups to turn snow into ice, and Friday eve
will be below zero again. And ice is backing up on the roof
starting to leak on my office ceiling. Country living. I
I'm outta here. You won't be able to reach me most of the
next 2 weeks. I'll be warming up in central Florida
and not even thinking about emails or phone calls.
I'm even looking forward to mud season when all this melts
and waterlogs the road and driveway turning it to mud before
the ground fully thaws to let the water sink in.
April 7 update: Snow is finally melting, bare ground in the
road now and part of our driveway and spots here and there
in the yard, but some snowbanks are still 4-5 feet high. 40s
and 50s now, 20s and 30s at night.
MAY 2: Ice Out! The last snow pile finally melted.
Ahh....... THIS is also March 2008, in
Lakeland FL, a couple days after the above photos. Above is
me at Hollis Gardens in Lakeland.
To the right is me at my parents' house
in Lakeland, and showing off my new Homeland Security shirt,
Fighting Terrorism since 1492. I wore it on the plane home
ready to speak up for freedom if I got any hassles from
airport security, but all I got was "nice shirt". 70s
and 80s every day have given me the breather and break from
winter that I needed.