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Let it snow!

The first major snowfall of the season.  I hate to say first, because I know it won’t be the last. It’s not even winter yet, but it sure looks like it! The snow started later yesterday and continued overnight.  I took a peek outside in the morning and saw this:

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Yes, we do have a garage, but it is only a 1 car garage, so the car we don’t use much (the Saturn) went in there. Our driveway is only 1 car width wide, which makes it a pain to try to swap cars around.  So, poor Prius got the snow cover!

After breakfast, it was time to shovel.

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Our little snowblower had issues (John thinks it is a belt problem), so we had to do it by hand.  I got a stern warning from John about my back as we got started.  I had no desire to make it worse, so I created my own method of shoveling.  The no bend, no twist shoveling method.  It worked pretty well, although my arms did most of the work and they were tired.  I got out the measuring tape to check depth:

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That’s ridiculous for this early in the season. I am in trouble with my boots here:

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That’s a lot of snow, but we can handle it around here in the ADK.  We live on the main road in town and they do a great job at clearing the main roads around here.  Side streets are a problem, but the main roads were just wet by late morning. 

My winter flag fits right in now:

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The bobsled chute for 2013/14 is off to a good start!

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After doing our driveway and having lunch, we went over to my parents’ house.  They were stuck down in Saratoga at my sister’s house, so we went over and used their snowblower to clear the driveway for them.  It was nice have a snowblower and not having to do it by hand :D   Two driveways is enough for one day. I will confess that we stopped at Dunkins on the way home and got a donut.

So, how about some table progress? It’s getting close! I brought the panel pieces in to stain:

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We spent time deciding on the layout of the panels and which boards would be which colors.  That was the hardest part about the whole thing LOL!  We are using 3 colors on the panel, which would be cherry, golden oak and unstained (guess that counts as a color).

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The frame is a dark walnut color.  This came inside and we will assemble that in here:

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I love how the grain comes out with the walnut stain.

Here is the final layout we decided on.  There is one piece missing because we actually had to cut a new one as a piece got really warped for whatever reason. All those scraps of paper are notes to myself about which panels went with which square and what order to put them in.

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Now I have to stain another piece, so we can’t assemble it until at least tomorrow, which may not happen because Mondays are really hectic around here.

After we put it together, then 4 coats of semi-gloss poly and then a few days of cure time before Christmas Eve dinner! :D

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18 comments to Let it snow!

  • I look at your snow and just think “I couldn’t” – and I guess I’d better cross my fingers that we are never forced to move to a place that has snowy winters, because I’d end up a hermit!

    Love how your table is turning out, btw. Christmas Eve dinner is going to taste especially good this year for you guys!

  • Kimberley

    Looks the same here…but since we are in an apartment, someone else gets to take care of the snow. The Boss did go to shovels at his Dad’s house though.

    The table looks fantastic…really looking forward to seeing it set and covered with Christmas dinner…I hope you aren’t using a tablecloth!

  • Kim

    UGH to all that snow!!! I would be happy if we didn’t get that kind this winter but I’m sure we will!!
    Your table is looking so very cool – can’t wait to see the final product!!!

  • deb

    Jealous over here Lori! I can’t even get any rain here in our rainy season….sigh..
    Table is looking good! Hugs! deb

  • Miz

    I laugh whenever I lament the cold and damp to my EAST COAST PARENTS they send me photos like yours winking

  • Helen

    Another thing you and I have in common – the single car width driveway. Now imagine that with the house right up against it on one side and the neighbor’s retaining wall on the other… even snow blowing is a challenge for us!

    Glad you figured out how to shovel without hurting your back.

    That table is coming out great!

  • That table is looking amazing!! I love it! Can’t wait to see the final result. happy

    The snow drifting is serious business, holy cow! We loved having a big driveway but I admit it really stinks to shovel and snow blow. We had to get the snowblower out twice on Saturday but didn’t get anything like a foot+ the way you guys did. Glad to hear you took it easy on the back!!

  • HOLY CRAP!!!!!! Flash backs from my east coats days & the one I remember the most when we had 8 foot snow drifts & could not get out for a week – I guess all this CA complaining needs to stop when it gets “cold” here. happy Your poor Prius!

    The table is looking great! Can’t wait to see it finished!!!!

  • I’m not sure why, but snow blowing and shoveling is a foreign concept to me. Maybe because we don’t ever get FEET of snow! Still, there are times it would be helpful to clear a path.

    Your table is gorgeous. You know that would cost thousands of dollars in a specialty store, right?

  • Biz

    So much snow! We don’t have a garage either – and our driveway is long, like 100 feet long! When we got a snow blower, I thought “it will be fun to get rid of the snow with a snow blower!” The novelty quickly wore off, it’s still work!

    Love the table!! It’s turning out gorgeous!

  • Like I said on FB, now I know where all the snow is! Not in Finland. happy We got (an?) itty bit of snow yesterday but then it rained during the night and it smelted away. At this rate we’re going to have black Christmas.

    Your table looks very good already.

    Feeling lucky that I don’t have my own house and yard…I’m not the kind of person who putters in the garden and does yard work.

  • I thought about you yesterday when I was tackling my mountain of leaves, and I reminded myself how fortunate I was that I wasn’t dealing with snow!

    If I lived closer, I’d commission a table from you and John. Well, if I lived closer and had money. happy

  • BRRR – that snow makes me feel cold! Shoveling snow is hard work – hope your back is still okay after that.

    The table is looking beautiful – I love the varied colors of slats – what a great idea. I can’t wait to see the finished product.

  • Kim

    I won’t complain the next time I’m shoveling 3 inches. I am amazed you could shovel without hurting your back.

  • We haven’t had the snow like you do, but my gosh, it’s been so cold. We almost never have unbearably cold weather before January. It’s already been in the low teen’s a few nights, but now they are predicting high 60s by the weekend. That’s everyone’s cue to get sick. Right!!

  • Oh Lori, that table is looking incredible!!! Love it. The snow is incredible too, but not incredible in a GOOD way! Stay warm my friend!!!

  • When I saw that first pic on FB I even showed it to R. to show him how much snow you got. I’m so not jealous of you right now happy Here it’s too warm for this time of year but hey I’m not complaining happy

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