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Hello Snow

November 27th, 2013

We had our first official snow yesterday morning.  Sure, we’ve had snow already this fall, but none of that stuck around.  In my book, in order to be official snow it has to layer on the ground and stick around for more than an hour.
The first snow 1
We knew it was coming, it wasn’t a surprise, but Mr Chiots hadn’t put the snow tires on our MINI. Since this car has high performance summer tires on it, there was no driving it to the garage to get the snow tires on, it wouldn’t go up the small hill from where it was parked to the garage.
The first snow 4
That meant the great changing of the tires happened in the driveway, right in front of the house. Of course Dexter was a great help, he’s very good at these kinds of chores.
The first snow 2
Thankfully, we put the plow on the truck a few weeks ago in preparation and the basement was filled with firewood and now we’re officially ready for winter!

Are you ready for winter? Do you live in an area with lots of snow that makes winter driving a little more difficult?

11 Comments to “Hello Snow”
  1. Kay on November 27, 2013 at 6:27 am

    We prepare for winter all summer long LOL Yes, we are ready, and we get snow and ice.

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  2. kristin @ going country on November 27, 2013 at 6:59 am

    The Subaru has its snow tires on; we’re undefeatable.

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  3. Jennifer Fisk on November 27, 2013 at 7:39 am

    I think I am ready for winter. With the departure of the turkeys, except for the Blue Slate and Narragansett hens who are now with the chickens, all my animals are in buildings protected from the weather. I have two cords of wood in the garage and another in the basement. My Bison well pump has been installed and the freezers are full. The oil and gas tanks are full. The snowblower is accessible. Bring on the nor’easters with deep wind blown snow usually followed by sub 0 temps. I’m ready for you.

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    • Susy on November 27, 2013 at 8:11 am

      I’ve been meaning to ask where you got your turkeys from originally? This coming year I’d love to get a few turkeys to raise. We’ve been wanting to get a Bison well pump too.

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  4. Rachel on November 27, 2013 at 9:19 am

    No matter how hard we try, we are never really ready for winter once the first snow falls. I still have some things in the garden that need to be put away in the shed (tools, small, trellises, fences).

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  5. Nebraska Dave on November 27, 2013 at 9:51 am

    Susy, Yes, that would be me. Putting on snow tires in the snow. Our first snow happened about a week ago. Always the first snow starts with rain, then progresses to sleet, and ends with snow on top. The phrase for driving would be “slip sliding around”. Even through the city tries to keep on top of the situation, the roads are very dangerous. Well, and then there are the folks that some time between the last snow and this first snow forgot that ice means slippery and decide to drive as if the roads are dry. Now that I don’t work in the corporate world, I just stay home until the road condition improve. During the Winter months I never leave home without Ice Melt and a shovel. Invariably, I will have to help some one dig out of a snow bank usually the under 20 kids. I trained all my kids the safe way to drive in snow. My youngest daughter actually took her driving test to get her first license in a snow storm which impressed all the folks at the bureau. Winter weather in Nebraska can range from extremely cold with lots of snow to hardly any snow and mild temperatures.

    Have a great first snow day in Maine.

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  6. DebbieB on November 27, 2013 at 10:01 am

    Prepare for winter? Around here, that means making sure the pilot light is lit on the central heater, and pulling the sweaters out of the storage bin. :) We only dip below freezing a few times during the winter – most of the time our highs will be in the 40’s or 50’s, and our lows in the 40’s and upper 30’s. Snow? Fuggedaboudit. We get “snow” (a few flurries that don’t stick around for more than a few hours) once every few years, which gets everyone excited and brings out the cameras. Every decade or so, we get actual snow and ice that sticks for more than a few hours, and then the city panics and shuts down, because we don’t have plows or salt. I remember one Christmas when I couldn’t reach my family 45 minutes away on the interstate because it was closed due to the ice and snow. But that’s such a rarity. Right now I’m looking out the window at my very green lawn.

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  7. Marcia on November 27, 2013 at 12:11 pm

    Snow has been around here for quite a while and so have my snow tires. I love that picture of Dexter, it looks like he’s carrying the tire in his mouth. You should rename him Samson.

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    • Susy on November 27, 2013 at 1:09 pm

      We have a cat named Samson :)

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  8. Colleen on November 27, 2013 at 12:45 pm

    Yes, we are ready. My husband was and Eagle Scout….I think some of the “be prepared” trait stuck. Each year we take one or two large trees from our property to use to supplement our heat and use when/if we loose power. We have new tires on the Subaru and the freezer is stocked with fish and venison. The generator is standing by if we get one of those wild wind storms that takes the power out for days. In our area we get more ice than snow. However, they are forecasting the possibility of a little snow this next week. We will see if it comes true. I actually like it, it is so beautiful.

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  9. Terri on November 27, 2013 at 4:17 pm

    We are ready. The freezers are filled as is the root cellar with all the jarred food and apples, potatoes, etc. The firewood is stacked and ready, and the generator is ready to go if needed. We have fuel for the skid steer to clean the driveway. My husband says that he thinks we are one of the few that don’t hit the grocery store when snow is forecasted. By the way, when everyone is out buying a new snow shovel at the first sign of snow I wonder to myself, what happened to the one they had last year?

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