[gardeners] new england weather- an absolute classic

SECK138@aol.com (gardeners@globalgarden.com)
Wed, 6 Oct 1999 20:42:42 EDT

 Dear Diary
 January 7
 Decided to take that job offer in Boston after living in Santa Monica all my 
life. Can't wait to experience the change in seasons.
 February 1
 Moved into our new home in suburban Boston today. It started snowing this 
 evening. It was the first snow I had ever seen. The wife and I took our
 hot buttered rum and sat by the picture window to watch the soft flakes
 drift down, clinging to the trees and covering the ground. It was absolutely 
 February 2
 We awoke to a lovely blanket of crystal white snow covering the landscape. 
  What a fantastic sight. Every tree and shrubs were covered with a beautiful 
white mantle. I shoveled snow for the first time and loved it. I did both our 
sidewalk and the driveway. Later a city snow plow came along and accidentally 
covered up the end of our driveway. The driver smiled and waved. I waved back 
and shoveled it again.
February 5
 It snowed an additional 5 inches last night and the temperature dropped to 
 around 11 degrees. Several limbs on the trees and shrubs snapped due to the 
weight of the snow. I shoveled out our driveway again. Shortly afterwards the 
snow plow came by and did his trick again. Much of the snow is now brownish 
 February 12
 It warmed up enough during the day to create some slush which soon
 became ice when the temperature dropped again. Bought snow tires for both 
 cars. Fell on my ass in the driveway. More snow expected for tonight and 
 February 13
 SOOOO cold! Sold the wife's car and bought a 4 x 4 in order to get her to 
 work. Slid into a guardrail and did considerable damage to the frame. Had 
 another 10 inches of the white stuff today. Both vehicles covered with salt 
 and crud. More shoveling in store for me tonight. That snow plow came by 
twice today.
 February 15
 Below zero outside. More snow. Not a tree or shrub on our property that 
hasn't been damaged.  Power was off most of the night.  Tried to keep from 
freezing to death with candles and a kerosene heater, which tipped over and 
nearly burned the house down. I managed to put the flames out, but suffered 
2nd degree burns on my hands,  lost all my eyelashes and eyebrows. My car 
slid on the ice enroute to the emergency room. Totaled.
 February 20
 The snow keeps coming down. Have to put on all the clothes we own just to 
get to the mailbox, because the mailman doesn't deliver to the house. if I 
ever catch the driver of the snow plow I'll  rip his heart out. I think he 
hides around the corner and waits for me to finish shoveling. Then comes down 
the street about 100 miles per hour and buries the driveway again!  Power is 
still off but Illinois Electric is asking us to conserve energy to avoid 
power outages.  Toilet froze and parts of the roof have caved in.
 February 22
 Six more inches of snow, sleet, ice and god knows what else fell last night. 
 I wounded the snow plow guy with an ice axe, but he got away. Wife left me. 
Car won't start. I think I'm going snow blind. I can't move my toes.  Haven't 
seen the sun in weeks. More snow predicted. Wind chill -35 degrees. I'm 
writing off the house as an insurance loss and moving back to California.