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My Two Daughters (14 & 20) Cleared The Snow From Today’s HUGE Storm Like The Experts They Are.

by Anura Guruge



The 14-year old, in pink, is handling the snowblower. This is our 2nd year with a snowblower. I taught her to use it last year. Though she pretends to complain she likes using it. Beats shoveling snow — THOUGH she is very good & FAST at shoveling. She is like a machine. Just gets going.

They both have had years of practice. Prior to last year we did it all by hand. Then I busted my knee when I slipped shoveling. THEY insisted that we get a snowblower. So, I got this monster, 3-stage. It sure worked well today.

Yes, I did fair amount of driving the snowblower. But very little shovelling for a change. I am not supposed to do much since I had cataract surgery just last week! SMILE.


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First Snow Central New Hampshire 2018 — 2019: Winter Storm ‘Avery’.

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Well winter 2018 — 2019 is here. We are expecting at least 8″ of snow by morning. Already told the kids no school — so don’t even bother setting the alarms. At 9:45pm there was no snow. These pictures were taken around 11:55pm. Coming down fast.

I will keep you posted on Friday AFTER I have done some shoveling. Got 4 shovels and the snow pusher out and deployed Friday morning — in anticipation.


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A Heart Made Of Snow.

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It was 60°+F yesterday, and this afternoon we had a few inches of fluffy snow. I was not expecting it. Wasn’t that much, though I went out and shoveled. Supposed to get a mix tomorrow. Hhhmm.

I caught this. It was cute. A week too late for Valentine’s day.

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2018 Winter Storm ‘Liam’ — Fair Amount Of Fluffy Snow.

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Snowed from around 11am on Wednesday well into Wednesday night, maybe stopping around 8pm. The three of us went out and shoveled for 45 minutes from 4:30pm to 5:15pm. But there was an 1″ or more of snow over where we had cleared by the time the snow finished. Light fluffy snow. Not too had to remove.

Took the dogs out for a walk in the snow this morning. Sun was out, in force. It was quite pretty and not too cold. First Thursday in a month that I was not skiing.

I then shoveled non-stop for an hour. Got the main part of the drive down to the asphalt. That is always a good feeling.

So, that was “Liam“.

Next is “Mateo” — that might be TONIGHT, i.e., Friday night. Supposed to be a small one.


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We Cleared The Christmas Day Snow, By Hand, In 75-Minutes.

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It was quite the storm. It was coming down thick & furious for a good 6 hours, till about 1pm. Then it stopped — cold turkey.

Very light and fluffy. Not wet, heavy of sticky. That was good. We didn’t lose power. That, to I, was a Christmas miracle. I was all set. We went and got 10 gallons of gas for the generators.

All 4 of us went out to shovel. That does NOT happen very often anymore. It was good to all be out. Devanee, at 17, can shovel well, given the years of practice she has had. Teischan is not very keen and in the main goes through the motions. I used the pusher most of the time — partly because we were out of shovels, or at least the shovels I like to use.

But, it went fast. In 75-minutes we were down to the blacktop. Could get both vans out. That meant Devanee could go out and get some Chinese takeout. And that is exactly what she did.\

So, it all worked out.

Still have to shovel the mailbox and deck on Tuesday. But that will be my exercise for tomorrow. I will again be on my own. Christmas is over!


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March 21, 2016, ‘First Day Of Spring’ Snow In New Hampshire Lakes — WMUR Was Wrong.

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Much more snow that I was led to believe. I didn’t watch the WMUR forecast last night — I was too engrossed in watching the highlights of Sri Lanka v West Indies on Willow TV.

But I did interrupt by #ICCWT20 viewing to catch the forecast on Saturday night. WMUR was emphatic. Snow would be to the South and East of Concord. Well we are to the North of Concord. So I was surprised by how much we got. Probably 4″ and a bit more in some places.

I shoveled BECAUSE I like to shovel. I have never denied not being strange. It was easy to shovel. Very light, very fluffy. It was beginning to melt as I was shoveling as the temp. was rapidly rising above 32°F. It was nice. Gave me an excuse not to run since it is an hour of shoveling or ‘the run’. The dogs were OK. I took them for a walk and they could play outside while I shoveled.

All the pictures taken with my Panasonic Lumix LX100.


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Fair Amount Of Snow In The Lakes Region (Alton) From The Martin Luther King Weekend Storm, Saturday Into Sunday.

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Slightly more snow than WMUR led us to believe — even with me automatically adding 2″ more to compensate for our higher, 660′, elevation.

Not heavy, but sticky. Hard to shovel. That said I spent 70 minutes shoveling. Entire drive is shoveled. Didn’t bother with the mailbox. No mail tomorrow. I will shovel it out Tuesday morning.

It is very pretty out here. All the trees have a coating of snow a couple inches deep. But, grey, miserable sky. No sun. WMUR is also wrong, so far, about the temperature getting up above 32ºF. At 11:30 am the thermometer in my bathroom with a wireless link to an outside sensor on the deck was reading 28ºF. I want the temp. to rise so the snow on the DirecTV dish will slide off. Yes, I can get out of there and brush it off with my snow shovel, but I would rather not because I haven’t put it together as yet, this year.

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It was fun to be out shoveling. I can’t imagine not being able to or not wanting to shovel. I find shoveling very soothing and satisfying. Having the two dogs froliking around and Teischan playing in the snow adds to the general feeling of bonhomie.

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A Gaggle Of Turkeys (Of The Feathered Variety) On Prospect Mountain Road Last Sunday ‘Evening’.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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We have a lot of turkeys (mainly feathered) around here. That one of the neighbors feeds them lavishly, year round, must, I think, be a factor. Doesn’t bother me. I kind of like having them around, as do the kids and especially Maya. Deanna is not keen on them because of their propensity to defecate willy nilly.

I think there are multiple gaggles and they are growing. This one we saw last Sunday evening was around 40 strong. They had just finished their Sunday dinner and were walking across the road.

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Martin Luther King Weekend Snow In New Hampshire: It Started Snowing In The Lakes Region (Alton) At 11 a.m.

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It wasn’t snowing during my run up Prospect Mountain this morning: 9:40 to 10:30. It was cloudy, but quite nice. Not cold!

I had heard that it would start to snow around 10, albeit the ’10’ more towards the West, i.e., around Manchester.

It started snowing in Alton at 11 a.m. I could see it from the bathroom window while I was doing my ablutions for the day. It was snowing quite hard. It is still snowing though the accumulation is light.

I am going to wait till tomorrow morning to shovel. Wow. I haven’t shoveled in nearly 10 days, I think. It will be nice to do some shoveling.

The snow coming down, quite heavily, around 11:30 am on Saturday, January 18, 2014 in Alton. Click to ENLARGE.

The snow coming down, quite heavily, around 11:30 am on Saturday, January 18, 2014 in Alton. Click to ENLARGE.

Polar Vortex Above Central New Hampshire, Or NO Vortex, I Went Running In ~5F Temps. Yesterday & Today.

Prospect Mountain Road, Alton, N.H. ~9:40 am today: frigid but sun beating down with blue skies.

Prospect Mountain Road, Alton, N.H. ~9:40 am today: frigid but sun beating down with blue skies. Click to ENLARGE.

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Up until yesterday I had not done my ‘daily’ 2.5 mile slog up Prospect Mountain Road, huffing and puffing, grunting and snorting, wearing my 5 pounds of wrist weights, with the two dogs, this year.

On the days I was supposed to be running, per my ‘3 days on, 1 day off’ schedule (which gives me 6 running days a week, i.e., every 7 days), I had been shoveling snow. I have a perfectly dry, full-width, totally black — with no ice at all — drive as testament. That is the deal in the winter. At least 1 hour of shoveling in lieu of the run.

Though the dogs come and frolic around while I shovel, and I invariably take them for a walk after I have finished shovelling, they miss their run. So yesterday I decided to go for our run though it was cold.

This is said to be THE place where the Mountain Lion crosses Prospect Mountain Road. The dogs are checking it out. There is definitely something that makes them curious at that spot -- and has for over 9 months!

This is said to be THE place where the Mountain Lion crosses Prospect Mountain Road. The dogs are checking it out. There is definitely something that makes them curious at that spot — and has for over 9 months! Click to ENLARGE.

About a decade ago I set myself a 5° F (-15° C) threshold for running. I wouldn’t run if it was BELOW 5° F. I used to run when it was below that and it wasn’t much fun. Biggest issue that I found was that my tears froze in my eyes and I had to be very careful to make sure that my ‘pee-pee’ didn’t get frostbite!

This morning it was borderline. Some thermometers said 3° F and others 5° F. I decided to brave it. Despite the dire predictions by one doctors as to my ever frail health I tend to be, in my own mind (foolishly, no doubt), quite hardy. I slogged it up. It wasn’t that bad. Have to be careful of slipping. Over the ’30’ years I have been running in NH I have kind of worked out how to cope with dirt roads in winter. I know what surfaces give me the best traction.

It is actually quite beautiful out there.

The cold is keeping the cars away. On average I see about 3 vehicles during my 45 minutes of labour. Yesterday I saw 1. Today I saw 2. So it is very peaceful.

I keep on checking for Mountain Lion tracks. None that I can see. The dogs, as ever, as you can see in the picture, showed atypical interest when we got to the ‘swamp’ that is supposed to be where he/she crosses the road. It just could be that other animals too cross the road here to get to the water in the swamp.

Well, I hear it is supposed to be warmer tomorrow. That will be my 3rd day of running on this leg. Then a day of rest.

Enjoy. Get out there.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014. Cold but beautiful in Alton, N.H.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014. Cold but beautiful in Alton, N.H. The swamp. Click to ENLARGE.