The Snow’s Just Barely Up to the hubcaps

On Saturday morning the snow began to fall. Birds flocked to the feeders and clustered on the ground to eat the seeds Clif had scattered the day before.

The wind blew threw the trees and whipped around the house, a cold sound that made me shiver. A hint of things to come during this nor’easter?

On the stove, pots of water were at the ready should we lose our power. I also made some cocoa muffins and frosting for graham cracker sandwiches.  I iced a couple of the muffins just for fun, to see which we liked better—plain or frosted. Not surprisingly, the frosted ones were the favorites. I was particularly pleased with the muffins. For the first time, I used psyllium husk powder—one teaspoon of powder mixed with three tablespoons of water—instead of an egg. The results were far better than I had imagined. The muffins were moist, cakey, and delicious.

Buoyed by my success, I put on my coat, hat, and boots and headed outside to take some stormy pictures. The weather was brutal even by my standards—10°F with a stiff wind, which blew the snow in my face. As I walked, the snow crunched and squeaked as it does when the weather is really cold.

I went to the end of the driveway to take a picture of our snowy road.

Turning from the road, I snapped a picture of our cozy home in the snow. If you look closely, you can see my footprints in the driveway.

Shivering as I went back down the driveway, I got some more stormy-day pictures.

Through social media I learned that stores large and small—from the Art Walk in town to Barnes & Noble in Augusta—had closed. A good decision as the roads are always slippery during a big snowstorm. Unless you are an essential worker, the best place to stay is home.

Midafternoon, Clif looked out the window in the dining room as he tried to decide whether to clean the driveway. The wind was blowing even harder, and the snow was slanting sideways.

“Well,” he said, “the snow’s just barely up to the hubcaps on the car.”

Spoken like a true Mainer. Clif decided to wait until the next day.

As it turned out, this was a good choice. Maine escaped the worst of the storm, which hit coastal communities farther south, especially in Massachusetts.  We only got nine inches of light, fluffy snow—easy to clean—and best of all, we didn’t lose our electricity.  There wasn’t even a flicker of lights.

The next day was sunny and beautiful. Not long after we got up, we went out to clean up the snow—Clif with Snow Joe and me with the shovel. As I began cleaning around our mailbox across the street, our kind neighbor came by with his truck and plow and asked me if I wanted him to punch through. Did I ever!

The worst part of clearing the driveway after a good-size storm is what we call the wall o’snow left by the town plow at the end by the road. If you click on the picture to enlarge it, you’ll get a better sense of wall o’snow.

I am happy to report that Snow Joe easily took care of wall o’snow as well as the rest of the driveway. Yay, Snow Joe!

Here is one last picture of the sun, shadow, and snow.

Clif still has one more task to do, arguably the hardest one of all. That is, cleaning the roof.

Pictures tomorrow.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

65 thoughts on “The Snow’s Just Barely Up to the hubcaps”

  1. Great storytelling!
    We got about 20″ of mostly fluffy snow, and very high winds with whiteout conditions for several hours. Still, the storm was much less severe than forecast so everyone dug out without too much trouble. It was -6 here this morning. Folks here about get cold when the temps are in the 20’s….
    Anyway, glad all is well there.

  2. “cocoa muffins and frosting for graham cracker sandwiches”….
    Yes, please!♡♡
    Glad your storm was “light”. I missed the worst of it as well–16 inches and thankfully very light.

  3. I wondered how you made it out with the nor’easter. I think we got as much snow as you did. Some places on the Eastern Shore got more than a foot of the white stuff. Lovely pictures. I’m intrigued by the idea of substituting psyllium husk powder for an egg.

  4. I’ve been waiting for your photos Laurie, and they did not disappoint. The shot of the wheelbarrow is my favorite, closely tied for the shot of the long road. They’re stunning shots. It’s good to hear that Snow Joe performed as expected. You and Cliff are an amazing team.

  5. I’ve never heard of psyllium husk powder so now I need to google and learn more. So glad to hear Snow Joe did his job well. I had to laugh at ‘only up to the hubcaps’ because when I’m home that’s what I look for when I check how much we have. It also reminds me of that old joke about New Englanders leaving picnic tables out so they can guess how much snow they got. Glad your power stayed on too – almost anything can be survived ‘with’ power. 🙂

    1. You are so right that almost anything can be survived with power. What a difference it makes. That psyllium husk powder is incredible. Obviously, you can’t scramble or poach it, but it works beautifully in baked goods. Also worked very well to hold together chickpea patties. All it takes is one teaspoon of powder mixed with three tablespoons of water. A minute or two of gelling, and voila! Truthfully, I like the texture of the muffins better with the powder than I do with eggs.

  6. Thanks for braving the cold and wind to share the great shots! When
    l lived in N. Va. we had a picnic table on the patio and I put hot pots of soups and the like in the snow to chill before putting them in the fridge in the winter. Question about clearing off the roof: I know the weight can be a problem, but isn’t it also an insulator? What’s the quantity that makes it necessary? How in the world does he do it?

  7. Glad to see that you all had a lovely storm and no loss of electricity! We only needed about 4-5″, which was kind of a disappointment!!

  8. I’d forgotten about the squeak! The other fun thing always was that combination of melting and refreezing that created a kind of crust on top of the snow. You could ‘cut out’ hearts and flowers and give them as ‘presents.’ One year, my mother kept a snow heart in the big freezer for a while, until spring rolled around and no one wanted to hang on to snow — not even one bit!

  9. Great post, and your house looks nice and snug in the snow, with the trees all around. I’m very glad you haven’t lost power. Thanks for giving a great overview of ”Home in a snow storm”….there’s a children’s book in there.!

  10. You hardy souls! Snow looks so lovely but is hard work to shift. Enjoy it from the warmth indoors!

  11. Great photos, Laurie! The view down the road was stunning. So glad you escaped the worst of it. And those treats look and sound wonderful. My son’s girlfriend recently started eating vegan, so I am paying special attention.

    My brother (the one who built a cabin in Maine) recently bought a property in Belfast, Maine, and his daughters are there fixing it up. They report 2 feet! And we (an hour away from the beach in NJ) had about 9 inches here. So the coastal regions really got the brunt of this one. We were fine, too.

    1. Thanks, Jodie. I do want to add that I made oatmeal bars with the substitution of the powder for the eggs, and the bars were not a success. Dry and hard. Ah, well. Back to the Internet.

      1. My daughter was a vegan for many years growing up. I found it WAY harder than vegetarian. Eggs are hard to replace. My son’s girlfriend is a vegan and things are easier now, I think. Way more available options. (We are near big cities, so we may have more options than you do.)

  12. Those muffins look delicious Laurie and so glad you kept your power! Another yay for Snow Joe, he’s doing a great job! The snow scenes are so lovely and thank you for braving the cold to take these beautiful photos! 💙🙏

  13. Love your cozy home and beautiful snowy photos!🙂 I wish I had planned as well as you and had some wonderful desserts in the house for our snowstorm today. We need to add another snow blower and after seeing all the snow you have to clear I’m thinking about looking at the Snow Joe. Raising Dion is off to a great start!!🙂

  14. The wall of snow at the end of the driveway. Oh, how I remember that one from back east! Glad you are snug, safe and warm back there and did not lose power.

    1. Many thanks! Alas, I made some oat bars that were not anywhere near as successful. Too dry. So the husk powder is not a perfect substitute. I will try again adding some extra liquid.

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