Our Winter Solstice

The Snow Crocus Flower
The Snow Crocus Flower | Source


It’s no secret that much of the US has struggled against the winter of 2015: The serious drought in California continued despite the winter’s torrential rain and mudslides in certain parts of that state; the grueling -40 degree temps our friends experienced in places like Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin; and many other hardships as giant storms and arctic winds spread for thousands of miles – from the Midwest to the East Coast, and beyond.

I’ve heard some people say, "New Englanders are whining because of a little snow.” As a resident of Massachusetts, I wish that were true. During a span of two and a half weeks, we were hit with seven feet of snow following a steady barrage of blizzard, after snow/ice storm, after blizzard, all peppered with strong or gale-force winds and below freezing temps. You hoped that the roof didn’t collapse or you didn’t lose power because your doors were blocked by heavy snow dunes. It doesn’t take long before you run out of room trying to relocate tons of Mother Nature’s icy-white calling cards in such a short period of time. And she made sure to replenish them, frequently. (We stopped counting at eight feet.)

People weren’t digging walkways in the snow, they were burrowing deep trenches. As for clearing your driveway, if you didn’t have an iron back and heart -- or a snow blower with a blade base measuring 26-30” wide -- you waited for a bobcat or team of shovelers to arrive. You needed a lot of ready cash-on-hand for these wonderful fellows (they deserved every penny), and gallons of piping hot coffee and chocolate.

The roads in our neighborhood – and others – were plowed into single-track, rutted pathways that were actually gauntlets. Other streets were completely impassable. Car owners either kept their vehicles buried in the snow and ice (many had no choice), or continued to dig them out, creating icy stockades in the process.

As you can probably imagine, mobility was severely hampered, restricted or banned until you began to feel like one of the mole people. In Boston, certain streets and areas had to be closed off. The narrow one-way streets of this historic city weren’t designed with automobiles and snow mountains in mind. Street corners and highway on-ramps were pocked with white towers – a number of them, reaching over fifteen feet high. Ice hung from office buildings and windows like giant, saber-toothed beards. Employees couldn’t get to their jobs. Transit systems were sheer chaos, even when operating which wasn’t often.


A snow mountain near MIT in Cambridge, Massachusetts
A snow mountain near MIT in Cambridge, Massachusetts


Regardless of hardship, people across the country have gone out of their way to help their neighbors. Drivers keep extra coats and gloves in their cars to give to the homeless. Some leave warm garments on fences and benches to be found later. Volunteers shovel the driveways and walkways of the elderly and the sick without seeking recognition or compensation. A number of individuals continue to organize food drives for local shelters. Others open their homes to those in need. These are our guardian angels, those silent voices within that inspire us -- not in the saying but in the doing.

As we look forward to the spring equinox, memories of this past winter linger -- not just in the measure of snow or bitter cold, but in the acts of kindness we embraced. May this time of solstice remind us all that even in winter, the flowers of the heart, bloom.


The above video, "Late Winter, Early Spring," was created by SWP Life Illuminated of YouTube. The music is an instrumental composed and performed by John Denver.

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ocfireflies 21 months ago from North Carolina

Genna,

What an awesome hub. All most hear is what is thrown at them on the tv. How nice to have someone give a firsthand account and do so in such an informative, creative and personal way. I love the description:

" Ice hung from office buildings and windows like giant, saber-toothed beards. " Voted up, pinned and shared.

Wishing you an "Spring is eternal." Sending warmth my way.

Blessings,

Kim


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mckbirdbks 21 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

Hello Genna. I knew it was bad as I read headline after headline of storms hitting New England. But I did not realize there would be fifteen foot mountains of snow as the clearing progressed. Sending buckets of sunshine your way and best wishes for a beautiful spring to easy the memory of this winter.


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billybuc 21 months ago from Olympia, WA

I lived in Vermont for two years, and anyone who says that New Englanders whine about snow has rocks in their head. :)

Here's hoping you see spring soon, my friend. Here in Washington State, we just skipped winter completely. Strange weather for sure.

I love that people helped each other so much. It really is heartwarming to hear.


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mckbirdbks 21 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

What am I thinking? (hitting myself on the brow). Train carloads of sunshine, on the way, not buckets. Happy Friday.


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Frank Atanacio 21 months ago from Shelton

Im so tired of all the snow I almost want to welcome global warming.. yeah bring me the green house effect.. :( great hub my friend


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Jodah 21 months ago from Queensland Australia

Great hub Genna, I found it very interesting to hear just how bad this winter has been in certain parts. I find it hard to imagine what people must go through in the extreme snowy winters. I have never even experienced snow. What is wonderful though is the community spirit that people show at those times..people helping neighbors, leaving clothing on fences and drivers having spare glove and coats in their cars. Thanks for sharing this.


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bravewarrior 21 months ago from Central Florida

Genna, it's comforting to know that people band together in times of need. While the weather in much of the country has been something that makes me thankful I live in Florida, it's nice to hear that helping hands abound.


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marcoujor 21 months ago from Jeffersonville PA

Dear Genna,

Of all the things I could think of when it comes to you, 'whiner' has never crossed my mind...

This post is a beautiful reminder of finding the beauty and joy in every season. The snow crocus is exquisite. I was entranced with the 4-minute video...what a visual treat with the beautiful sounds of John Denver capturing the glory of "Late Winter into Early Spring".

Voted UP and UABI and sharing. Have a peaceful weekend. Love, Maria


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Genna East 21 months ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

@Ocfireflies

Good morning, Kim. We had more snow yesterday, but today the sun is shining, brightly. Thank you for helping to send the sunshine our way, my friend, and for your kind comments. :-)


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tillsontitan 21 months ago from New York

Well, as always, those casting the stones have no idea what they're talking about! I have friends in Massachusetts that sent pictures of fifteen foot or higher piles of snow at the end of their driveway.

You guys have had a terrible winter for sure. It seems the snow band just settled over Mass.

Your kind words and thoughts show the beauty of mankind in time of need! Hoping that crocus shows up soon dear friend.

Voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting.


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Genna East 21 months ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

@Mckbirdbks

Hello Mike. As I just commented to Kim, after a full day of snow Thursday, the sun is shining brightly…thank you for helping to send it our way! One of the most annoying aspects of this winter was the media’s coverage of our storms. Who wants to turn on the so-called “news” and see what we have to deal with 24/7? We felt like calling the national stations and plead with them to “please stop!” Thanks for that wonderful comment, my friend. Have an enjoyable weekend. Oh, and either buckets or trainloads, we’ll take it! :-)


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Genna East 21 months ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

@billybuc

Ahhh…I thought I sensed a little New England in your past. As for the rocks, I couldn’t agree more. Lol. Actually, I was thinking of a somewhat harsher-sounding noun, but I’m a lady. :-) Washington has had rains and heavy winds as well this winter. But you are right – this has been a strange season. Have a great weekend, and thanks so much for your kind comments and support.


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Genna East 21 months ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

@FrankAtanacio

Actually, scientists are warning us that these climate changes – the frequency and intensity of storms – are symptomatic of global warming. But I have had enuff snow. Other areas of the US need the water. In any event, Mother Nature needs a better road map. Thanks for your welcomed comment…it’s always good to see you, my friend. :-)


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AudreyHowitt 21 months ago from California

Your write really illustrates the difficulties this weather has caused you and others to endure. I am in CA and we need your snow and water. The snow pack is so bad in the Sierra's this year that the Central Valley's agriculture is really going to suffer. Their short term solution has been to drill wells into the aquafers below, but once that water is gone, it is really gone--CA will be a desert again soon --


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always exploring 21 months ago from Southern Illinois

Genna, I can relate. We've had snow for months, another seven inches yesterday. I'm afraid I live in a small town that people take care of their own with no offers to help. I would've been happy to pay someone to plow my driveway. The thought of people in your area placing clothing on fences for the needy is wonderful. I have extra coats that will go to the helping hand today. Thank you for the reminder. The snow crocus is beautiful. I want one! Take care, stay warm and know that this will soon pass and we shall have sunshine. PLEASE...COME ON SUNNY DAYS. loved this, sharing...


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Au fait 21 months ago from North Texas

We've been having horrible ice storms here in North Texas. 3 of them in the last 2 weeks -- still recovering from Wednesday night's. Your first photo is especially beautiful and I've pinned it to my "Purple IV" board.


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MartieCoetser 21 months ago from South Africa

Dear Genna, I cannot even imagine the cold and the snow you have to face up there. Down here in sunny South Africa only small parts of the country get snow, and mostly only the mountain peaks. Temperature may drop below zero during the night and especially just before sunrise only for about 7 days during the entire winter. We are so lucky!

Please stay warm and safe :)


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CrisSp 21 months ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

I'm also tired of winter ; never a fan but as a Canadian might as well embrace it and try to enjoy it instead of whining about it. I am hopeful for Spring and just like Bette Midler said in her song:

"Just remember in the winter

Far beneath the bitter snows

Lies the seed that with the sun's love

In the spring becomes the rose."

So, happy Spring! Meanwhile, I send you love and twinkle from the sky. ~


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annart 21 months ago from SW England

I love your descriptions, Genna. We can feel the cold and feel the generosity too. It's amazing how such events or weather bring people together and bring out the best in them.

Lovely hub, well written.

Ann


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Anna Haven 21 months ago from Scotland

That is a serious amount of snow and cold. It must be hard for you all but it is heartening to hear of the community spirit that has emerged.

We had really bad weather in 2010 and the roads here were one track when eventually cleared. The best thing was everyone worked together to try to clear their home street.

I hope the sun shines down brightly on you and the cold winter retires soon.

Anna


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Genna East 21 months ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

@Jodah

Hello John. I envy the warmer climate you are enjoying. I wanted to show photos of the scarves, hats and gloves people left on fences and park benches, but they were AP photos and are understandably copyright protected. In some communities, shovelers went around to different houses volunteering to help shovel drives and walkways for free. We don’t hear too much these wonderful people; they prefer to remain anonymous. Thanks for that lovely comment.

@Bravewarrior

Hi there. :-) There were a number of times when I wished I was in Florida; I used to stay in Marco island for winter vacations when my folks retired to Florida. The weather is seductive in the winter months. You are fortunate to call it home. I appreciate your visit and special comment. Thank you.

@MarCoujor

Hi, dear Maria. Lol. Whining is something I don’t do much of at all. But I can get annoyed when people say inane things about something they know nothing about. I think they were the real whiners. Billy said it best…”rocks in their head.” So good to see you, and thank you for those lovely thoughts. :-)

@Tillsontitan

Mary, you and Maria are both in the Northeast, so you experienced the harshness of this winter. Soooo not fun. But we look forward to spring, try to keep our sense of humor intact, and help others. Your friend’s photos were spot on. You have to see these towers to believe them – and other sights as well. I once saw a car that had run off the road and traveled halfway up one of them. It saved his life – and probably the lives of others. I still think of those living in CA and the other drought area states, and worry about them. Thanks so much for the visit, my friend.


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Genna East 21 months ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

@AudreyHowitt

Hello Audrey. My sister lives in California as well. She is quite worried about the future, and has voiced concern about the state’s failure to harvest what precipitation they have received this winter; the heavy rains were lost in the runoffs as a result. If there was a way we could send you our too-much water, believe me, we would, my friend. Thanks so much for the comments. Hugs.

@AlwaysExploring

Hi Ruby. Thank you. I know…Illinois has been hit as well. The 7 feet of the stuff we received in 2.5 weeks really set the stage for a lot of headaches. Thank goodness spring is just around that corner! Well, we still can’t see around corners because of the snow hills, but we know it’s coming. Lol. I wish I could send you the beautiful Crocus in the photo above…but consider yourself hugged, my dear friend. The hotter sunshine is on it’s way!


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Sunshine625 21 months ago from Orlando, FL

I have friends who live in the Northeast. I saw their photos on Facebook. Not much detail as you described, wow! I can not imagine. I grew up on Long Island, but moved to Orlando 28 years ago...I haven't seen snow since, except in photos and that is good enough for me. Sending you some sunshine to melt the snow, but not enough to cause flooding! :)


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Faith Reaper 21 months ago from southern USA

Oh, Genna, that is some serious weather there! I cannot imagine having to dig out of the snow for that long of a time. I saw on the news how you were just bombarded over and over again.

I love looking at the snow as we rarely have it, but after a day or so, I am ready for it to be gone.

Thank you for sharing about those who are helping the homeless. I bet those guys loved you for the coffee and chocolate!

Stay warm, sweet woman.

Hugs and much love always


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Genna East 21 months ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

@Au Fait

I love the winter and the other seasons. New England is hardwired into my DNA. But this particular winter was hard on many people. I’ve lived in diverse places in the US, but grew up in the northeast. I’ve seen a couple of tough winters, but this one vies for the number 1 spot. I read about those nasty ice storms you’ve been experiencing—it’s part of this crazy season we’ve had with huge storms that cover thousands of miles. I’ve always admired northern Texans for braving the rough thunderstorms and tornadoes you’re vulnerable to. Those things really scare me. I think I’d rather deal with the ten feet of snow – and our hurricanes. :-) No matter where we live, there’s always going to be something we have to risk and endure. Thanks for the visit and comment, and stay warm.

@MartieCoetser

Hi Martie…

Like Jodah, I envy your warmer climate right now. I think we saw the last of the snow yesterday. I think Mother Nature’s run out of it. Thank goodness. I always enjoy your visits and comments, Martie. Thank you for those good wishes. :-)

@crissp

Hi Cris. I love Canadian winters…it’s been years since I’ve seen one, but they are beautiful. Yes, thank goodness spring is on her way. Thanks so much for the love and twinkles...right back at you. :-)


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Genna East 21 months ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

@annart

Hello Ann. I appreciate your thoughtful words. Seeing the camaraderie and kindness made this season bearable. It made up for the cabin fever and the cranky drivers we ran into on occasion who seemed to have forgotten how to drive in snow. Have a pleasant weekend.

@Anna Haven

Hi Anna. You have that community spirit as well. It’s always nice to hear how challenging times can actually bring people closer. Thanks so much for the visit, and the kind words and wishes.


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tobusiness 21 months ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

Genna, here in the UK, we had a little flurry and the kids were turned away from school, a couple of inches, and the trains ceases to run. You've all coped admirably during this very trying times. In my humble opinion, you're entitled to whine until the cows come home. :)

It's good to see that adversity can still bring out the best in folks. This is a wonderful tribute to those courageous people, it's not really about the adversity, it's how well we handle it. Beautifully done.


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Genna East 21 months ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

@sunshine625

I love your HP moniker. :-) I was born on Long Island, by the way. Orlando is a lovely place…your winters are positively seductive. Thanks for the sunshine…we look forward to spring. I enjoyed your visit and comments.

@FaithReaper

Hi Theresa. Yes…it seems that Mother Winter-Snow lost her way and hovered over us, trying to get her bearings. Either that, or she has lousy of humor. So good to see you, and thanks for the good wishes. Hugs, my friend.

@ToBusiness

Hi Jo. A dusting? Oh…I ‘m little envious. I love winter, and the snow, but this one was way over the top. Yet it was good to see and learn of people who helped others so selflessly. It made up for the cabin fever, and some of the cranky drivers who forgot how to drive in snow. Thanks for the visit and comments. :-)


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cat on a soapbox 21 months ago from Los Angeles

Hello Genna,

We know that you New Englanders have been dealing with brutal weather, but your personal account is really eye-opening! I love your positive outlook and ability to see the bright side of a miserable situation. It is uplifting to find that there are still many out there in the community who rally to help those in need. I've always believed that looking outward to others is the best strategy for avoiding the downward spiral of self-pity. "May this time of solstice remind us all that even in winter, the flowers of the heart, bloom." What a lovely thought for us to ponder! Thank you for sharing this with us:)


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FlourishAnyway 21 months ago from USA

Whoa! That snow mountain is amazing. Reminds me of why I left Maine after just a short bit (corporate stint). I love the hardiness of spirit of people in the region, as you've described and the kindness as well.


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pstraubie48 21 months ago from sunny Florida

No words to add to this, Genna. It is so lovely. You are so right....beauty can be found even where we least expect it.

Have a most blessed day and know that Angels are on the way to you today. ps


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Genna East 21 months ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

@Cat on a soapbox

My apologies for being so late in responding to your thoughtful comment. Acts of kindness have followed in Mother Winter’s wake across the country. They are heartening to hear about. It makes the cabin fever feeling less invasive. I enjoyed your visit. Thank you. :-)

@FlourishAnyway

The snow is finally shrinking a bit…away from tree trunks and curbs, with some spots of muddy-brown grass struggling to find the sun. I think it will take at least another week or two until most of it has either evaporated or joined the flows of rain we are now experiencing. I just wish there was a way we could send it to our friends California; they desperately need the water and I worry about them. Thanks so much for that nice comment.

@pstraubie48

Thank you! And angels are on the way to you as well. :-)


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cam8510 21 months ago from Columbus, Georgia until the end of November 2016.

Genna, My home is northwest lower Michigan, the Traverse City area, but I have spent the last two winters in Philadelphia on a lengthy, temporary job contract. The contrast has been enlightening, educational and at times, humorous. I've kept my ears open for word of what was happening to the northeast of Philly.

I have a theory concerning why people were saying that New Englanders were whining about the snow. Some people have a slightly flawed understanding of New England. I've had to correct a few who had added Pennsylvania to that list of states.

Philadelphia had, on all accounts, a mild winter 2015 except for some very low temperatures at night. The previous winter was much more severe with snowfall, and the people here genuinely had a tough time coping with it. Whining? Yes, at times I suppose they were. But they weren't accustomed to what was happening. It's all relative to what a person has experienced in terms of weather.

Like I said, I'm from northwest lower Michigan, and the winters of 2014 and 2015 didn't phase me here in Philly. A couple of times I was the only person to show up at work, and I work in a hospital laboratory. Back home in winter 2014, Maple City, Michigan? More than 222 inches of snow, or 18.5 feet. The big difference is that back in Michigan, we have places to put the stuff. In the eastern cities, that just is not the case. It is seriously crippling.

I appreciate the human focus of your hub. People do reach out to others when weather gets weird. Thanks for the well written, informative article and for the John Denver tune at the end.


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Genna East 21 months ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

Thanks so much for that knowledgeable and thoughtful comment. I've been to Philly, and I agree with you about those misconceptions. We've had tough winters and blizzards in the past, but take this in stride. Actually, people here are hoping for more snow to beat the 95-96 winter record. What was tough about this one is that we got so much snow in such a short period of time...that is what made this winter so rough in tandem with the below zero temps that hung in there with a vengeance. If we had been hit with this over the span of winter, it would have been quite different. Good to see you, and I enjoyed your visit. I hope you are enjoying your weekend.


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Dim Flaxenwick 21 months ago from Great Britain

I was so touched by the paragraph on people taking extra warm clothing, leaving gloves etc., for the homeless. It reminded me of severe winters in the past. Thankfully we've had nothing like the severity of your Winter here, in North of England. Memories of such Winters make me shudder.

You expressed the situation beautifully.


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Genna East 20 months ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

Thanks so much, Dim, for your lovely thoughts and encouragement. Spring is upon us, with the first day. It is snowing, here, again, today. But spring's promise s just a whisper away...and brings smiles. Good to see you.


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kittythedreamer 20 months ago from the Ether

I thought this was lovely. Thank you for sharing!


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Nell Rose 20 months ago from England

Hi Genna, that is amazing how many people helped each other, it must have been awful, we saw it on the news over here in England, we were so lucky to have a mild winter here, thank goodness the Spring is here, wonderful hub!


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AudreyHowitt 20 months ago from California

I hope spring is finding you well and happy!


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Rangoon House 20 months ago from Australia

We watched your winter from afar in Australia, and also with particular interest with a daughter living in Ohio for a year. It was severe and I'm sure everybody is thrilled to see the arrival of Spring.


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Genna East 20 months ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

My apologies for being so late in responding.

@Kitty: Thank you!

@Nell: I envy you your mild winter. Yes -- Spring has arrived! :-)

@Audrey: And you as well. Many of us have been reading about the drought in California and other places in the southwestern part of the country. You are all in our thoughts. Thank you for your comment. :-)

@Rangoon: Yes, we are thrilled. Thank you!


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suzettenaples 20 months ago from Taos, NM

Thank goodness spring has sprung! You are hearty souls, you New Englanders. We watched the news photos and I for one was amazed at the amount of snow that fell there. Your photos are great and thank goodness the crocuses are blooming!


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Billrrrr 19 months ago from Cape Cod

Genna, this is a wonderful perspective on the winter of perpetual snow. I cheated, leaving for Southern Florida for a bit in the middle of the worst of it; but I did experience enough of the stuff to be able to complain about it.


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Genna East 19 months ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

@Suzette and Billrrr…

I think we would have been fine had the snow not hit during such a short period of time. Having this stuff fall over the 12-week season with normal winter temps would have been much easier to bear. Bill, I’m glad you found time to escape this! Thanks for the visit and comments.


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sheilamarie78 19 months ago

As a Boston native, I watched the progress of your winter storms from afar. I'd love to see that huge snow pile near MIT, but I can imagine you are glad that the snow is now in the past.


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Genna East 19 months ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

Hi Sheila...

Thanks for the visit and comments. Yes, we are sooo glad winter is over. Still, many residents of MA hoped to pass the record of 10+ feet; I guess they figured, "oh what the heck; if we had to suffer, at least make it worth while." But it's very different to get a ton of snow during the course of a winter rather than getting the lion's share of it dumped on you in two weeks.


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RTalloni 19 months ago from the short journey

Indeed, it seems that the flowers of the heart bloom among neighbors when rough times come. Thanks for highlighting this aspect of the tough winter up north!

On this warm spring morning I've been working outside and I thought a winter read would be just the ticket after heating up. Neighbors are out and about, catching up on the latest news from each other and talking about sharing plants, all glad that the growing season has come again. You've reminded me that it is a wonderful gift to have caring neighbors.


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Genna East 19 months ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

Thank you. Yes, caring neighbors are a gift. :-) The temps are now warming up and soon we will be longing for cooler weather as the heat and humidity in the NE pay a long visit. I appreciate your thoughts and comments.


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lawrence01 18 months ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

Snow is wonderful while it's falling but once it's on the ground, that's when the challenge starts.

Your hub brought back memories of Christmas day with no power

Snow so heavy the power lines came down, that's when we found we were one if only two houses on that line as all the rest were factories and they were closed for the holiday so "no big rush to get them fixed"

Thankfully we had a coal fire and cooker!

Awesome hub

Lawrence


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Genna East 17 months ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

Thank you, Lawrence. Had it not been for a computer crash, I would have responded to your thoughtful comment much earlier. Thank goodness you had that coal for fire and cooker! Winter is beautiful, but she takes no prisoners. Good to see you. :-)


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shprd74 13 months ago from Bangalore

Nice hub. Being in sub tropical India I wasn't much aware of the hardships you all go through during winter in your regions. I had read about it but your hub has highlighted a personal outlook of it.

- Hari


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Genna East 12 months ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

Thank you, Hari. There were times last winter when I would have preferred to live in India, my friend. :-)


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RTalloni 11 months ago from the short journey

On today's Winter Solstice, 2015, I remember looking forward to this past summer when reports said we would have a cooler than usual season. HA.

Being prepared for this winter is important to focus on, including being prepared to look out for and help neighbors. Yes, it is in the doing that our words become real.


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Genna East 11 months ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

I know what you mean. Christmas this year was a balmy 65 degrees. But, this is exactly what happened last winter so we are fastening our seat belts for another nasty Jan and Feb. Happy New Year. :-)


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ignugent17 9 months ago

I still remember my first ice storm here in Illinois. We were ready for that day because they say that it would really put the lines down and roads will be closed. I know the danger that it brings but I could not stop appreciating the beauty of the ice. The trees glitters and the grass too.

Thanks for sharing your hub. It really bring backs memories.


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Genna East 9 months ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

Thank you. We have fared better this winter; thank goodness. I appreciate your visit and comments. Stay warm. :-)


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Billrrrr 5 months ago from Cape Cod

As I sit at my computer with the windows closed and think that I'll be adding another blanket tonight since the 19th of June barely made it to 70 degrees at high noon; this article was like a breath of 'warm' air. It reminded me to stop grousing about a chilly spring and be thankful it's not January. That winter was the worst one in my memory and I hope we don't have another - but I'm glad that you chronicled it. Thanks for an excellent hub.


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Genna East 5 months ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

Thank you, Bill. Wasn't that a terrible winter? We Yankees are a sturdy lot and don't mind snow. We can get several feet over the course of the entire winter. That winter dumped 7-8 feet on us in 2-3 weeks. This spring has been a bit chillier, but I understand that the summer months are going to be much hotter than usual. Still, anything is better than that winter. Good to see you. :-)


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teaches12345 5 months ago

Because I was born in the upper Midwest, I am familiar with the long cold winter weather. It can be dangerous but I still miss the beauty of quiet snow. The mountain of snow you show here is beyond belief! I enjoyed the music video, very calming. Great post!


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Genna East 5 months ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

Hi there. The upper Midwest certainly has brutal winters. And I agree with you regarding the beauty of quiet snow. Still, I'm happy that winter is well behind us. Thanks so much for the visit and comments.

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