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Monday, March 27, 2017

We have lots of ice on everything today.  The rain started last night and didn't seem to be freezing, but this morning it has been building up on trees  and some are beginning to bend under the weight.  The thermometer is staying right around the freezing mark.  The rain has not been heavy and seems to be stopped now, at noon.  It's a good day to stay off the roads if you don't have to go. 

Sunday, March 26, 2017

As we head into the final week of the Joe's Pond Ice-Out Contest, I've sent notices to several TV and radio stations.  I sent a photo of our flag before and after the Nor'easter last week and she said she would have it on tomorrow (Monday) - probably noon and perhaps evening as that's when she does the weather.  We took one of the photos I sent on Thursday when the weather was pretty wild and we couldn't see the eastern shore of the pond through the blowing snow out there.  A friend of ours has a sugar woods in Berlin and said he came to Cabot Plain on an errand last week and was amazed.  He called it going from spring in Berlin to winter in Cabot.

It's been a really nice day today and the road actually got a little slimy where it melted on surfaces where the sun hit.  It's a long way from mud season, but a nice break from the deep cold - although last night was below zero again.  Diane Rossi reported something like -3 and Shelly Walker reported -9.  We weren't quite that cold, and tonight my weather station is still showing 31 degrees.  We are expecting freezing rain tonight and/or tomorrow - on the scanner the reports are rain and 34 degrees, but I expect that's in the St. Johnsbury area.  It is colder here, so may be freezing on.  Could be messy for people getting to work tomorrow.

 
I want to share some photos this morning.  We have a beautiful day building here.  My back yard looks as if someone had sprayed glitter everywhere.  Everything is fresh, white and sparkling.  It's one of those days I really appreciate living in Vermont - a lot!  It is so clean and pretty, and quiet, too.  No wind today, no snow plows rattling along Route 15 and Route 2; hardly any traffic on West Shore Road because it's Sunday in March and the neighborhood is enjoying the weekend.

I haven't shown you pictures of the pond from my living room window recently, but now is a good time - the pond is solidly frozen with lots of fresh new snow covering everything, and up in the channel, all is quiet and serene.  Not a sign of melting anywhere.  And here's why:  After another almost five inches of snow on Friday and no temperatures more than a few degrees above freezing yesterday, the temperature slipped into the single numbers above zero again last night.  Even with warm temps today, (it's now 29 degrees and rising)  I don't think there will be much melting going on.  However, I bet the sap will run!  So click on one of the pictures and enjoy the morning with me! 


I can't believe this is the last week of the Joe's Pond Ice-Out Contest!  It's always fun to see the tickets come pouring in by mail - this is the first year West Danville's new postmaster, Dennis, has been on the job here, and already he's been a little overwhelmed by how stuffed our mailbox gets.  I'm sure he has no idea how much mail he'll be handling from the contest.  He's a good sport and we enjoy his constant good humor.  It's really nice, too, that we get to visit with Diane Jeger every now and then since she's at the Cabot Post Office now!

We'll be picking up mail every afternoon from now through Saturday, so if you haven't gotten your tickets in, it's time to get it done so there will be a postmark on or before April 1.  Anything that comes in postmarked after April 1 cannot be entered in the contest.  Ticket sales stop at outlets at close of business and on-line at 11:59 p.m. on Saturday, April 1.  Then we watch and wait for the ice to melt.  







Saturday, March 25, 2017

Finally, it's beginning to at least feel a little more like spring.  We have 36 degrees outside right now!  The sun peeked through the clouds for just a few minutes, and may make a return run before it goes down for the evening; it's enough to make birds sing and start the frost seeping out of this old Vermonter's bones.  I don't mind a chilly night, but I really hope we're through with zero and below temperatures.   I'd like to see some water running and even muddy roads would be welcome right now.  Well, perhaps that's a little extreme - muddy roads are never really welcome, but some gradual melting is very nice.

I have a message from Helen Morrison, who volunteers at the Kingdom Animal Shelter.  They are getting ready for their big spring yard sale, and Helen told me if anyone has an item or items to donate, give her a call and she'll arrange pickup.  Her number is 563-2488. This sale helps provide for the rescue animals housed at the shelter, and we all know how important it is for these animals to be well cared for, healthy and comfortable until they can be adopted.  It all costs money, and you can help by donating something for the sale.