The Wait is Over

“Be careful what you wish for!” my oh-so-funny friend warned, and of course, she was right. It was not even a week ago that I was writing wistfully about waiting for snow. Yesterday and last night, we got it – about a foot here on the Rhode Island coast along with very strong winds – a true blizzard in the meteorological sense. It must have also rained at some point, because there’s a crust, making shoveling and dog walking tiresome.

Looking out past the garden to the salt pond.


I installed the ice carpet on our stairs just in time. This year, I used roofing nails, which have wide rubber gaskets around the heads. These hold the carpet in place and prevent tearing. All I had to do this morning was brush the stairs lightly with my boot. The very thin layer of snow that had accumulated just drifted away and I was left with a nice, safe staircase. When I was in Canada last summer, I bought two lengths of carpet – one for the coming winter and a spare. The stuff they use up there is much sturdier than the cheapo one I bought last year from a catalog here in the US. That one shredded before winter was over.

So we’re all cozy and ready for whatever winter brings. I am just grateful we’re not traveling in the next few days!


About dirtynailz

Writer for a daily newspaper, gardener, tree hugger, orchid-grower, photographer, animal lover, hiker, wilderness seeker. Proponent of clover in the lawn and a dog on the bed.
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8 Responses to The Wait is Over

  1. HerbDoc says:

    There were a couple of loud claps of thunder last night but I’m not sure if
    it was rain or just heavy snow. The weatherman said this morning that
    thunder often accompanies heavy snow; I didn’t know that! I love this stuff; it covers up all of the ugly spots in the yard leaving everything looking so pristine!


    • dirtynailz says:

      Yeah – until the dog goes out!
      This storm did have thunder and lightning. It was a very intense system, and it had the alarm on our barometer flashing all day.


  2. Wendy says:

    Looks beautiful! The snow carpet for the stairs looks smart. We never got the snow all the kids were hoping for. 😦


    • dirtynailz says:

      Oh that’s too bad, Wendy. I thought you’d get some of that storm. Anyway, it’s warming up quickly today, and I don’t expect there to be much white stuff left my next week.


  3. Lisa says:

    I love your blog and I can’t wait to try the roasted pickled peppers recipe you posted. Your dogs look like they are having so much fun in the park! We got a lot of snow the other day here in NJ – I’m trying my hand at wintersowing so I don’t go bananas by the time spring gets here.
    Stay warm!


  4. Martha says:

    Wow, your wish did come true; that’s a nice wintery scene, perfect for the holidays. You have more snow there than we have here. We haven’t even had a snowstorm yet; we’ll see what January and February bring.


    • dirtynailz says:

      We may have more snow now, but it never lasts. It’s still pretty and white today, but it will melt fast. Let us know when you get your next big storm!


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