Corner-to-Corner Road Trip: Day 1

Central Massachusetts to Northeast Ohio (via Pennsylvania, pictured below)

Distance: 621 miles of 3,156 total miles (19.6%)

Driving Time: 12 hours (should have been closer to 9.5)

Temperature Range: -1°F to 23°F

Miles remaining: 2,535

For those who might have missed our previous cross-country road trip, here’s Day One of our move from Utah to Massachusetts in June 2011.

Wordless: Spring Snow


Massachusetts, March 2015.

Wordless: Snowshoes



Massachusetts, March 2015.

Wordless: Heroic



My kids tell me this is a “Snowmom.”

Massachusetts, February 2015.

Wordless: Sun and Snow

Wordless: Human Plow






The end of the driveway, the wall of plowed snow at the end of the driveway, and the path to the compost bin.

Bonus Wordless Post: After the Blizzard


Wordless: Snowflakes




After the Snow: Photos

I took these photos in response to this week’s Weekly Photo Challenge entitled “My Neighborhood,” but originally I didn’t tag them as such because this week’s is a “phoneography” challenge and I thought the post didn’t qualify since I’d taken the photos with my camera rather than my phone. Now that I know it’s legit to use a camera, I’m belatedly entering the challenge.

Nemo 2013: Send in the Plows

Around 3:30 this afternoon, I heard a rumbling in the distance that heralded the first snow plow visit of Winter Storm Nemo.

With three inches on the ground, we decided it was time to follow suit and do our first round of shoveling so we’d have 33 inches of snow to shovel tomorrow instead of 36. We got the kids all bundled up and they took turns pretending to be stranded in the snow while my spouse and I pushed snow back and forth across the driveway.

“Mommy! I’m stuck!” shouted one, arms outstretched for help. We’d get that one righted and the other one would take an intentional spill.

“Mommy! Help me up!” All I needed to do to “help them up” was get close enough to hold their hand. They’d then kindly meet me halfway by standing up before I’d even touched them.

And of course, by the time we got to the end of the driveway, we already had another quarter-inch of accumulation. But we did get to make snow cream (snow + maple syrup + milk (optional), or snow + powdered sugar + vanilla + milk).