Tuesday, February 1, 2011


I'm from Central New York in the snowbelt. I expect February first to be  snowy and cold. I've spent many birthdays snowed in with no way to get together with family or friends. I'm told that the year I was born my Mom and I spent a couple extra days in the hospital because we couldn't get to our house. The roads weren't plowed. Once we did make it home, the snow continued and friends brought supplies to us by snowshoe.
My cousin's house in Mexico, NY
I remember several February first snow days when I was in school. Of course, my friends and I didn't let a little snow stop us from getting together. When you're a teenager, no amount of snow keeps you in.
I was scheduled to start a new job on one February first, only to get up that morning and find that about two feet of snow had fallen and we couldn't get to the driveway. It didn't matter because the company closed for a couple days due to the snow.
 My cousin's house
So here we are on February first again and here we are with snow again. It started about 4 AM with sleet followed by snow around 7 AM. The wind is blowing hard and it's bitterly cold. Even the dogs aren't arguing about coming inside after a run around.
 This is Lake Ontario.

Four year ago when the pups were little, we had an ice storm that knocked out our power for 12 days. Last night I took some precautions by lighting the gas stove and charging all the flashlights. We're stocked up on dog food and biscuits, the important thing, so we're staying home and staying warm.
My pups were happy to see the change in the weather. Saturday it was 65 degrees and sunny, now it looks like the Arctic.  Here's a little video of them this morning. Excuse the background noise, the wind is very strong.

Let's go in and dry off.


♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥ said...

Those are scary snow pics. Mom remembers a horrific car trip she took the winter of either 1970 or '71 from western MA to Cornell University to bring Dad home from law school for Christmas - she says it was the scariest time she has ever had.

The blizzard is here now. We have several inches of snow already. The worst is yet to come. We are expecting about a foot , maybe a bit more. The wind is supposed to be bad, maybe creating five foot drifts. We are all glad to be home, Dad arrived a while ago. Our only problem is our first floor furnace is misbehaving. The serviceman is here now, we are just hoping he can fix it.

Stay safe and stay warm.

Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

SissySees said...

Great photos. We're having a nearly snowless winter. Plenty of cold, but the storms seem to be moving on either side of our Blue Ridge Mountains.

brooke said...

Just came over from the Dog Foster Mom's blog and holy camoly that's a lot of snow... and dogs! :)
They looked like they had a blast running through the snow! Hope your power stays on and you all stay warm!

George The Lad said...

Heck that alot of snow, mom and dad gets snowed in where they live, this year it was for 3 weeks, but no where near the amount you get!!
But just like you they prepare for it.
See yea George xxx

♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥ said...

And guess we missed that it is your birthday - Stella told us. So Happy Birthday to you from all of us. Our Mom's is this month too.

Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

Kristine said...

Wowzers. Good on you for getting out there anyway. I haven't seen so much snow since I was very, very young. Hopefully I don't again any time soon.

However, they are calling for another big storm tonight in Nova Scotia so I doubt I will be that lucky.

Stay safe!

Marjie said...

Is this your birthday? My Jeffrey's birthday is Friday. Your upstate New York snow pictures are scary as all get-out. I filled thermoses with hot water and hot coffee, and got out the oil lamps, and charged all the flashlights. It's my superstition that these things keep the power on, once it sees that we are prepared.

I hope you keep the heat and lights on, Sue!

Asta said...

I'm sitting inside by the fiwe..i hope you awe too..it's nasty outside..mine is just icy wain wight now, but cewtainly NOT a fun day to be out
stay wawm and eat lots of tweats
smoochie kisses

Stella said...

We have lovely blue skies, sunshine to beat the band but very cold temps! If we get a storm it may be later tonight, but keep in mind we already have about four feets of it, so if we get more, its gonna be r-r-r-ough!

You Porties have fun in it but stay close to the door.


gMarie said...

Happy Birthday dear friend! My grandma grew up in Minnesota and tells stories of snow so high they could sled out from the second story windows.

I would love a wee bit of snow. :) g

Barbara said...

Wow - the one thing that keeps me from moving from California - the weather! Those snow pics are scary!

Stay warm and safe!

LizzieJane said...

Oh what fun to see them racing around in the snow. I can imagine it took a while to dry everyone off! Those are some great snow pictures. Makes me glad that I am living where I do today. Stay warm Sue.
P.S Just heard that it was your birthday... Happy Birthday, I hope you have a wonderful day!

Tracy said...

I LOVE the pictures :) I grew up on Ohio and so remember the Blizzard of 1978...I was a senior in HS and missed most of the month of January becuase of the snow just like in those photos. I was glad we didn't have to make it up...I am sooo glad NC doesn't have that kind of snow!

Bella Roxy & Macdui said...


SHE says snow here is much more sociable......because you go visit it. It doesn't visit you.

XXXOOO Daisy, Kendra & Bella

The Daily Pip said...

Those pictures are INSANE!!! They almost don't look real! We are getting the blizzard tonight plus there are some fears that Lake Michigan may flood with 25 foot waves. Crazy weather!

Stay safe and warm!

Your pal, Pip

Molly the Airedale said...

Wow! That picture of 10' snow walls is freaking us out! We hope we never live to see that! Where would we poop?!
Stay safe, guys.

Love ya lots
Maggie and Mitch

Zona said...

Oh my goodness! Those pictures are CRAZY! I love snow so much but that's even too much for me! I'd get lost in all of that! Stay safe and warm. Keep us posted so we know you're doing well.


~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

You know how I feel about snow--But even I have a limit and I'm afraid your pictures remind me of what my limit is, and also remind me of when we lived in Alaska!

This latest snow storm is going to totally miss us--We're only going to be getting rain--Nothing like wet dogs!!!

Take care!!

Maggie Mae and Max said...

Mom use to lives in Fulton NY so her knows what you is talking about! Stay safe and warm, da midwest is really gettin' hammered tonight!

Woofs and Licks,
Maggie Mae

KB said...

Your photos remind me of the Sierra mountains in CA - our house at Lake Tahoe would have walls of snow taller than me lining the walkway to the door by this time of winter. I loved it.

I heard from Stella that it's your Birthday. Happy Birthday!!!! I hope that you're enjoying a cozy day with your dogs!

the many Bs said...

happy happy snow dogs!

we love those portie tails.


Jed and Abby in MerryLand said...

Happy Birthday!

We're with Maggie & Mitch on all that New England snow! We don't like Xtreme weather.

Jed & Abby

Anonymous said...

Now that's a lot of snow! Good grief! How high are those banks? They look to be about 50 feet!!!

Y'all stay warm and safe now :)

Waggin at ya,