Sunday, February 5th, 2012

Snowy Morning, Beautiful Sunset

Woke up to a snowy morning, just gorgeous. Would have loved to have stayed in and sat by the fire, but it was not to be.

A picture from the road:

How the day ended:

Saturday, January 29th, 2011

Sleigh Riding and Interviews…

Sorry, the two aren’t connected.

I’m heading out to go sleigh riding today….well, there’s no heading out really. The hill in my yard is steep enough, long enough and wide enough to accommodate all kinds of sleds, toboggans, skis and whatnot…

So, I just need to walk out the door.

I’m just waiting on the invitees I’ve asked over to arrive (a little later today) and then we’ll tackle it.

It’s snowing again (!) — more than flurries, but not quite with the vigor of Wednesday which left us with more than a foot.

I’m so excited! I can’t remember if I’ve been sledding during a snowfall. Whheeeeee!

In the meantime, I leave you with an interview of me (if you’re so inclined) over at Nerine Dorman’s Blog: Toads Corner. She’s called it, “Tea with Kelly Harmon,” which I absolutely love.

Please let me know what you think.

Nerine is an author and an editor, too. (And I was just tickled that she asked me for an interview.) She writes dark fantasy and romance and annually participates in the HorrorFest Convention near her home in Cape Town, SA. She’s really cool. You should check her out Nerine Dorman’s profile to see what I mean.

Happy Weekend!

Tuesday, February 9th, 2010

30 Inches and More to Come…

We were hit with just shy of 30 inches of snow on Friday and Saturday. It was undeniably pretty…for about the first 10 inches…and then things got hairy.

Trees Covered in Snow 1 - Photo by Kelly A. Harmon

Trees Covered in Snow 2 - Photo by Kelly A. Harmon

Luckily, we didn’t lose power (as we have so many times)–there’s a reason we keep a generator handy in the garage. But keeping up with the shoveling proved exhausting.

We have a huge snowblower – you’ll see why we do in the driveway picture below….our drive is more than 400 feet long and has an incline of about 30 degrees. It’s no easy feat to clear off after a big snow.

When a big snow comes along, we blow it off every few hours…but this storm came through in the wee hours of the morning. We focused on keeping the heat pumps clear. We still couldn’t keep the ice from forming on them.

To get to the snow early Saturday morning, we had to shovel a path for the blower to go up the drive. Then we could let it do its work…but the wet, slushy snow underneath couldn’t be thrown.

Here’s a shot of my husband’s hands nearly an hour after we’d come in. Four-plus hours of shoveling and snow-blower wrangling will do this to you. I shoveled just as much, but my hands weren’t so bad.

Work Hands

We managed to clear a path wide enough for a vehicle, but the pad below and the sides of the drive we let go. Finally, we called a snow plow to do the rest of the work.

Here are some shots of the snow around the area, nothing pretty…just a few photos to show you the depth.

Electrical Boxes, Covered in Snow

These are our electrical and cable boxes, nearly covered in snow.

Driveway, cleared of snow

The view up my driveway…after we finally hired someone with a snow plow to clear what we were too exhausted to manage.

Wall of Snow at End of Driveway

The Great Wall of Snow created by the snow plow. I’m convinced that if the plow had done the job from the beginning, this wall would have been over six feet, not just chest high.

It’s currently snowing…and the weather guys are predicting 10-to-18 more inches. Should be interesting!

Saturday, December 19th, 2009

Feels Like a Blizzard Around Here…

The snow started last night around 10:30 p.m. We’ve got more than a foot of snow piled up, according to the gauge on the deck…and it doesn’t show signs of stopping.

Wind is blowing the snow off the deck rails (causing poor visibility so evident in the first photo), so judging the depth of snowfall from there is deceptive. It wouldn’t surprise me if we got the “possibly 18 inches” the weather-folk were predicting for our area.

It’s cold outside, so the snow is dry. Not good for snowmen. (Alas. I was really looking forward to building a snow family!)

Snow Fall!


I took this photo from a protected location. No snow-blow on the lense, so the photo is better…unfortunately, it doesn’t give an accurate depiction of the weather conditions.

Snow Fall!