First Snow

Shortly after a visit from our plow guy, the driveway is once again covered by non-stop falling snow

Shortly after a visit from our plow guy, the driveway is once again covered by non-stop falling snow

The downside to a one-car garage in a two-car family!

The downside to a one-car garage in a two-car family!

It’s been 24 hours of non-stop snowing, with snowfall expected for the next 4 days.  The plow guy has cleared the driveway once already, but by the time the FedEx man came by to deliver a package, he couldn’t make it up to the top and had to trudge the six hundred uphill feet through the snow to deliver it by hand to our front door.  (You would think that they’d give FedEx delivery men 4×4 vehicles in rural Maine, but they don’t.)

I went out to make a path to our compost bin and to clean off the solar panels, and a huge owl, probably not expecting to see a human being in this weather, flew away right in front of me.  The chickadees and woodpeckers and wild turkeys are enjoying the bird feeder!  Life isn’t easy for animals during the winter months here in Maine.  Yesterday I saw two sets of paw prints that made their marks across a frozen pond.  One set of prints was bigger than the other.  They told a story:  the larger animal in pursuit of the smaller; their dash across the pond; and then, suddenly, about 15′ from the opposite shore, the ice thinned . . . and both animals fell in.  There were no more tracks leading out of the holes they made in the pond, so both animals must have drowned.  Nature isn’t always idyllic!

I have my annual appointment to put studded snow tires on my car tomorrow, but hopefully the roads will be clear and a lot safer than they are now, or else I’ll have to wait until next week.  Right now we’re holed up with plenty of food and good books and a crackling fire.

Today is actually cause for celebration.  It’s my husband’s first day at his new job.  I didn’t want to mention it until I had good news to report, but he was unceremoniously let go, effective immediately, along with all his co-workers; and the entire office was shut down.  He only got 5 weeks’ severance pay so it was a bit worrisome whether he’d find something in this difficult economy.  Fortunately, there did not seem to be any overt age discrimination during his search, and he got two offers of employment from companies impressed with his level of expertise.  The good news is that the new job allows him to work 99% of the time from home, so  our Maine adventure will continue without interruption, please G-d.

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