Sunday, January 24, 2016

Snow Shoveling, Sledding and Surveying

We awoke to brilliant blue sky and sparkling snow! All of the yardsticks still measured the same. In fact the snowfall totals from the evening before were pretty much the same that I had read in the morning. We did have a lot of wind that whirled the snow around. Who knows where it all went?
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The footsteps cross the snow laden street. The snow only came up to my knees here. I felt as though we only got 18" but everyone else insists we got about 2'.

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The beautiful sidewalks my husband cleared with only a shovel. The streets...well 18" or 2', we are definitely snowed in.
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We went sledding! My husband and daughter were trying out the sled and innertube.  They. didn't. go. anywhere. My daughter had tried earlier with no success. She and I were perplexed. We hadn't really done any sledding since 2010. We couldn't figure out how to get the sleds to slide.
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Mr. Upstate New York got our daughter to push him on a sled.
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It was quite a bit of effort.
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They did this repeatedly...which I guess was helpful because in due time...
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I was able to have the furthest and fastest sledding run! Wheee! I was the 2010 champ and I'm also the 2016 champ! Walking back, in the deep snow, with one balance nerve...that is a trick!
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My daughter finally got a good sledding run! She decided she liked the saucer sled the best. That is too twirly for me. I get dizzy enough with only one balance nerve. I stuck to the tub sled (if that is what it's called. I'm not sure.).
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Although I sled with the greatest of ease, I have trouble climbing in. The sled doesn't stay put and I have trouble balancing myself to get everything together, so my husband stabilized the sled for me.
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I went much faster than the photo appears!
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After several sledding runs and walking in the deep snow, I was getting quite dizzy. I suggested we take a walk to survey the neighborhood before nightfall. This is all street to our right...


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This is looking at the school parking lot.
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The school is behind the trees.
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More street.
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And more street. 
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This is the parkway where we could see large 4 drive trucks getting stuck in all the snow. Only some of the sidewalks were clear.
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