I should go outside with the camera, but I’m afraid it would freeze. So for right now, imagine my mailbox buried up to its neck in snow, just the box peeking out. One more snowfall and Bernie, our mailguy, will be putting our junk mail into a hollowed-out snow cave in the embankment.

Yesterday I drove past a cemetery, only the tops of the gravestones visible. On the other side of the road was a playground with a foot-high fence. My first thought was, “Oh, that’s odd, to have such a low fence around a playground.” No, oh no. It’s a normal “keep-em-in” sized fence — it’s just being consumed by the snow.

Driving through Angelborough brings to mind what a rat must feel when running through a maze to get the cheese, with towering walls of snow at the street corners and a frisson running up my spine when I decide to risk it all by proceeding into the intersection.

Backing out of my garage right now is a trick. I have to start turning the car before I’ve backed up more than a foot in order to clear the snow that the plow has been unable to push off the driveway. Why? Because there was already a wall of snow at the end of the driveway two snowstorms ago, and it hasn’t gone anywhere.

Today, the DJ on the oldies station said, “The weather report for the rest of the week is easy,” and then let off a frightened scream. Father C told us not to bother coming to Mass on Tuesday (if it’s already snowing) or Wednesday. He said four to seven inches. Someone else said one to two feet.

And as for me? I’m not sure where we’re going to put it.

If you don’t hear from me for the next few days, please come to Angelborough with a shovel. Or maybe a front-end loader.


  1. Sara Ann Denson

    Hope you all stay warm and safe in your snow cave. We’re in the midline getting ice and snow. We should keep power, the benefit of living downtown near the MO capital building. They have to keep the power grid up and running for the government. Who else will send out the snow plows…or front end loaders?

    1. Jane

      Ah, now that hadn’t occurred to me–live near the important people and voila, your comfort becomes important to them too. 😉

      1. Wyldkat

        Not necessarily. 😉 I live w/in 15 miles of DC. We lose power from time to time but I’ve heard that DC itself is worse since their power grid is antiquated and overburdened. Plus, the road crews here are abysmal.

        Not looking forward to the ice that is supposed to hit tonight.

        1. Jane

          Yeah, I was reading about some folks in the DC area having nine-hour commutes last week due to the ice/whiteout conditions. 🙁 Stay safe.

  2. Amy Deardon

    I hope the snow is such that kiddos can build snowmen and ice forts, and come in after 4 hours for hot cocoa and marshmallows. Enjoy the quiet time 🙂

    1. Jane

      It’s actually too deep for them to build with right now. There’s about 30 inches of snow standing in the yard, so moving around and building is practically impossible, and not safe for the little one.

  3. Mary Lindsey

    Burr. Hope you keep warm.