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Wed Mar 15, 2017, 11:16 AM

A look at my patio this morning



That drift is close to 4 feet. The wind up here on Lake Ontario was insane. I've got these massive drifts all over the place. My pups were struggling to get through to do their business. And they wanted no part in it. They ran/stumbled back in asap.

I'm home with my daughter and I'm hoping she takes a nap soon so I can clear the driveway & mailbox before my wife gets home. I love snowblowing but I think this is gonna suck. The wind is still blowing and it's gonna toss that snow back at me with a vengeance.

Tell ya what, I LOVE my pellet stove. Pumping out heat like a beast. Nice and cozy in here.

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Reply A look at my patio this morning (Original post)
Daves Not Here Man Mar 15 OP
def_con5 Mar 15 #1
Daves Not Here Man Mar 15 #4
DoDaMan Mar 15 #2
Daves Not Here Man Mar 15 #5
DoDaMan Mar 15 #9
Currentsitguy Mar 15 #17
Agent_86 Mar 15 #3
Daves Not Here Man Mar 15 #7
News2Me Mar 15 #6
Daves Not Here Man Mar 15 #8
News2Me Mar 15 #11
His Daughter Mar 15 #10
def_con5 Mar 15 #12
Ravenquills Mar 16 #19
His Daughter Mar 16 #20
Ravenquills Mar 16 #21
Nephrite Mar 15 #13
Daves Not Here Man Mar 15 #15
i verglas Mar 15 #14
Daves Not Here Man Mar 15 #16
i verglas Mar 15 #18

Response to Daves Not Here Man (Original post)

Wed Mar 15, 2017, 11:19 AM

1. Boy, that's a lot of snow

You're a better man than I am. I would hate to live in a place like that. Gives me shivers just looking at it. Easy does it, that's a lot of snow to mover, even with a blower.

Be careful.

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Response to def_con5 (Reply #1)

Wed Mar 15, 2017, 11:32 AM

4. It gets to a point where you still need a shovel to take down the high drifts before blowing.

Luckily, we have a smaller driveway at this home. Our old house had a crazy long driveway and it was gravel.

The part that gets tricky is creating a pathway for my dogs out back. I usually loop around the yard and a big patch in the middle. Of course, whenever they shit, the do it in the snow. Ignoring my hard work. then it sits there waiting till it melts before I can pick it up. Poo-Patrol after the first melt is always the worst..

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Response to Daves Not Here Man (Original post)

Wed Mar 15, 2017, 11:22 AM

2. That's crazy. You northerners are just as crazy for living

with that white stuff. Here in the Nashville region I plan on planning my garden today and maybe putting out onion sets. Have 4 blueberry bushes to plant today also. I think I'll get out my grow lights also and start tomatoes, peppers, and eggplant. I'm a few weeks late.

Have fun with clearing the snow.

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Response to DoDaMan (Reply #2)

Wed Mar 15, 2017, 11:37 AM

5. It's in the blood, man.

I remember delivering newspapers way back in '92 or '93, I forget exactly when, we had snow banks 8-9 feet tall. I had to climb banks like I was going up Mount Everest.

Our paper delivered everyday. Rain or shine. Except Christmas. That day, the higher ups said to do what you can but if not, no biggie.

I did my route and made out like a bandit with tips. Did a fair amount of shoveling back then, too. I was flush with money! The good old days when I didn't have bills, lol.

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Response to Daves Not Here Man (Reply #5)

Wed Mar 15, 2017, 11:40 AM

9. "It's in the blood, man"..Oh hell no! I'm originally from Ohio

and spent 20+ years there...only thing snow added to my blood was alcohol!

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Response to Daves Not Here Man (Reply #5)

Wed Mar 15, 2017, 04:36 PM

17. Back in the mid 80s when I was in High School

I had a Jeep CJ5 with a plow. I made a killing plowing drives and parking lots.

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Response to Daves Not Here Man (Original post)

Wed Mar 15, 2017, 11:25 AM

3. Whoa, that is a lot of snow.

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Response to Agent_86 (Reply #3)

Wed Mar 15, 2017, 11:38 AM

7. White gold!!!

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Response to Daves Not Here Man (Original post)

Wed Mar 15, 2017, 11:37 AM

6. That's a lot of snow. Be careful out there.

I'm looking at the bush that's blooming outside my window and the grass that's starting to green up. It's chilly today, but winter appears to be gone for this year.

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Response to News2Me (Reply #6)

Wed Mar 15, 2017, 11:39 AM

8. The only green around here will be the beer on Friday :)

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Response to Daves Not Here Man (Reply #8)

Wed Mar 15, 2017, 11:44 AM

11. LOL! Well, be careful with that too!

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Response to Daves Not Here Man (Original post)

Wed Mar 15, 2017, 11:42 AM

10. I hate snow

I am a confirmed desert rat at this point. It will be in the low 70s today in San Diego, a bit warmer at home

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Response to His Daughter (Reply #10)

Wed Mar 15, 2017, 11:50 AM

12. SD great city

Loved it when I was stationed there. Balboa park, one of the best in US, IMHO.

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Response to His Daughter (Reply #10)

Thu Mar 16, 2017, 11:10 AM

19. I do not know if i still like you LOL

that post seemed a little like gloating...... My response sounds a lot like envy.....

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Response to Ravenquills (Reply #19)

Thu Mar 16, 2017, 04:32 PM

20. I live in the exreme desert

Neighborhood cats are cougars, rattlesnakes are a regular PITA. I love the solitude, but it comes at a price, including 110 degree temps during the summer.

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Response to His Daughter (Reply #20)

Thu Mar 16, 2017, 05:06 PM

21. Balance in the universe

I like the desert but i have to admit dawn and dusk are my favorite times. 110 degrees is a bit hot for me not to mention i will burn to a crisp.

The solitude appeals to me and frankly as i get older i am thinking desert or western solitude is going to work better for me than northeastern winter slop. I think my solitude is going soon as well so it is getting close to time to go....

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Response to Daves Not Here Man (Original post)

Wed Mar 15, 2017, 01:18 PM

13. Not too much fun

when the snow is higher then the snow blower. As far as windy days go, I just wear a pair of old ski goggles and they work great when you are forced to blow into the wind.

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Response to Nephrite (Reply #13)

Wed Mar 15, 2017, 04:21 PM

15. That's a good idea, Some to fit over my glasses if I'm wearing them.

Usually I have my neck gaitor pulled up over my face to stop wind burn. But then my glasses fog up.

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Response to Daves Not Here Man (Original post)

Wed Mar 15, 2017, 01:37 PM

14. here on the other side of the Lakes

we have had the insane wind since the month began ... but merely a light dusting of the white stuff that we've had on and off, that fell two days ago.

The west wind is howling out there, and the tarp covering some stuff I have on the verandah is flapping madly and trying its best to escape its bonds. At least it isn't the rare east wind we got a few days ago, directly hitting the big window above my desk. Brr, shiver But the little portable radiator beside me, that supplements the central heat in my office, isn't quite besting the weather outside today. I hope the daffodils that were up a good 3 inches last week are surviving!

We moved south two years and two weeks ago, at least partly for the milder climate. At the time - our yard then looked much like yours now, in the horrible February of 2014 - it seemed like wasted effort, but this mild snowless winter, we are smug. Damn this wind, though, it's merciless.

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Response to i verglas (Reply #14)

Wed Mar 15, 2017, 04:24 PM

16. We had our tulips starting to come up.

My wife will be devastated if they don't make it this spring. We love them. It's such a pretty flower. I wish they bloomed all spring/summer.

I have a pallet with my pellets on the patio and covered with a huge tarp. I had to put conderblocks all over it to keep it from flying off. It's finally died down. But steady snow all day. It's really going to start accumulating now.

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Response to Daves Not Here Man (Reply #16)

Wed Mar 15, 2017, 05:40 PM

18. yup, paving stones on mine

I bought a load of 7 or 8 lengths of used laminate countertops for cheap last week, for various projects hopefully soon to get executed. My delivery guy helpfully stood them up against a fence (leaving the unfinished bottom edges to get damp) when my plan had been to lay them down on a tarp and secure it securely around them ... so we got to do that yesterday in the biting wind. I seldom bother with gloves when I go out, since I can never find any, but after 2 minutes trying to shift 8-foot countertops in that wind, I had to come in and hold my fingers over that little radiator for 5 minutes to thaw. And then go find the dude's gardening gloves. He always knows where his shit is.

It's died down here too, about an hour ago! The veranda tarp is acting as if it never tried to escape.

You need to get some fancy tulips. Parrots and things like that. They bloom later, like my fancy white daffodils did (I hate yellow and orange anything, and am only tolerating these daffs because they came with the house. They may get banished to the back yard where the orange trumpet vine that grows like crazy, including up the screen in my kitchen window, is kept.) Try to have them where they're shaded a bit to keep them flowering longer.

Like these:
http://www.hollandbulbfarms.com/items.asp?cat=Parrot-Tulips&Cc=TULIPPARROT



Or, if you have no taste



I tend to go for a mix of black, peach and white, myself. You can get black parrots, but Queen of the Night is just so striking.



But I haven't yet got tulips going at the new place ... and it's too late now until next year.



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