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We’ve had so much snow lately that it’s yesterday’s news every other day!  And in the City, the snow rapidly melts into a dirty slush or turns into frozen walls around the parked cars.  Well that’s what you see when you walk the streets on your way to work.

BUT if you were to go into Central Park, you would see snow scenes whose beauty rivals Anywhere USA. Murray was in the park capturing these lovely scenes and was gracious enough to share them with us.  I told him how often my post on the 19″ snowfall in Central Park is viewed, it’s amazing really.  I hope you enjoy these as much.

Central Park Snow

Central Park Snow

Bethesda Fountain

Bethesda Fountain

Untouched

Untouched

Ice Angel

Ice Angel

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Undeterred

Undeterred

Solitude

Solitude

All photos courtesy of Murray Head

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We had a snow storm and although we were supposed to go to the shore, my husband vetoed the trip.  Bummer because we had invited company for the weekend, I want to go shopping and who’s feeding all of our little squirrel friends and feathered friends?  The rationale behind this decision is that life is much easier in the City when it snows;  Here are 5 reasons why:

Dinner's here!

Dinner’s here!

1. You can always order out-You don’t have to rush to the grocery store only to find that all the milk, orange juice and bread are gone.  They bring you food here! It’s so cool!

2.  You don’t have to shovel your driveway.

3.  You don’t have to drive in the snow, the buses and subways continue  to run day and night, rain or snow.

4. The sidewalks are basically kept clear.  The superintendent and his staff shovel the sidewalk in front of their buildings. The store owners shovel off their sidewalk.

5.  If your car is parked on the street like ours, when it snows the City suspends alternate side parking rules.  We haven’t had to move the car for days now.

Keeping the sidewalks clear!

Keeping the sidewalks clear!

 

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If you’ve been following this blog for a while you know that last January I wrote about my very own Personal Banker. https://pbenjay.wordpress.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=10832&action.  His name is Damon Miller and he is the Branch Manager of Arvest Bank in Mena, Arkansas.  Today I called Damon and before I could state the reason for my call, I was greeted with “Good morning Miss Lori, how are you today?”  Always cheerful, always pleasant, that’s Damon.  

Yesterday I received an email from the bank informing me and their other customers that due to inclement  weather some of the branches might be closing early and may or may not be open today.  So I asked him about it, what was going on down there?  “Sleet and ice” he said. Most of Mena was without power due to the lines freezing and/or trees falling on them.  The bank had a back-up generator.   Oh wow I’ve been in Arkansas when they had snow and it’s rough.  The state doesn’t really have snow plows, sanders or the like to deal with snow since it REALLY is rare there.  The roads become quickly un-passable and you see vehicles skidding off to the shoulders because they don’t have snow tires or chains either!

Shortly after our phone conversation, I received the two photos below so you can see for yourself what Arkansas encased in ice looks like.

Ice-laden trees bend over under the weight of ice.

Ice-laden trees bend over under the weight of ice.

Crystalized Flowers

Crystalized Flowers

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The Northeast is getting slammed this winter with snow storms, blizzards, snow lightning , you name it and we’ve gotten it.  This past Wednesday night we had yet another snow storm.  By morning 19 inches had fallen in Central Park.  Central Park is Manhattan’s emerald jewel in the summer  and alternatively a sparkly diamond and an iridescent opal in the winter.

As my regular readers know, many many of my Fab Foto Friday photos are taken in Central Park.  There’s just so much to see at any time of the year.  The birds, the flowers, the trees, the ponds, the landmarks, the bridges, the kids, the artists, the playgrounds, the picnicker, the runners, the skaters, the mimes, the jugglers, the acrobats, the break dancers, the gardens, the sculpture, the boats and ever so much more!

This Friday (and yes I am once again a day late) our Fab Fotos are from Central Park in all its beauty enhanced by 19″ of snow! This is what life in the City is when it snows!!!

Central Park, Bethesda Fountain, blizzard Jan 2th New york city
Bethesda Fountain Stands Alone

Photo by Murray Head

Central Park, San Remo, bow bridge, new york city, snow storm Jan 27th

The San Remo Bow Bridge Central Park

Photo by Murray Head

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Footsteps in Freshly Fallen Snow

Photo by Murray Head

Central Park, new york city, sculpture, snow mantle

Bundled Up Against the Storm

Photo by Murray Head

escape, going over the wall, Central Park, New York city, red coat doggie, snow storm

Escape! Going Over the Wall

Photo by Murray Head

central park, new york city, snow storm snow man, January 27th

A City Slicker

Photo by Murray Head

 



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SSSsssss, well it may be a stretch but I just thought that the S sound was a twisty title for this blog post. And how apropos since there seems to be snow in the forecast every couple of days.  Either it’s impending or we’re told about storms forming in the Gulf or Canada or wherever but they all seem determined to touch down on the East Coast.  If New York City isn’t getting sleet or snow, then surely our little cottage on the Jersey Shore is getting slammed with several inches of snow!

But kids everywhere even big ones, will be kids, and kids and snow go together like rum and coca cola – I know – that’s a weird analogy considering rum and coca cola is usually a summer cocktail.

Central park, snow saucer, sliding in Central Park, New York City

Flying High Above the Snow

Photo by Murray Head

Central Park, New York City, saucer, sliding, wipe out

Smile and Say Cheese

photo by Murray Head

Central Park, New York City, snow, sliding, saucer

Way To Go!!!

photo by Murray Head

Central park, New York city, saucer, sliding, snow

I Must Have Taken A Wrong Turn Back There

photo by Murray Head

snow, saucer, New York city, Central Park

UH OH! Wipe Out!!!

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And so the shoveling began.   A knock at the door surprised us and it was a young man who offered his services for snow removal.  Everybody is a capitalist at heart and his prices were too high for us so we bargained for $20 worth of shoveling – which meant a path from the front porch to the car and single shovel wide clearance along the front sidewalk.  It was a good deal for both of us, the snow was very powdery.

I got dressed and went out to tackle the car.   After about 5 minutes I realized shoveling out the car was a task beyond me, the drifts almost covered the car and there was no place to throw the snow since there were drifts all around the car too.

AND behind me was the MONSTER snow drift leading to the back door – it was now or never…. all the time I’m thinking of my heart because Peter reminded me that I’m taking Lipator for a reason, Geez!!

Ocean Grove, La Vie en Rose, Monday snow storm Dec 27th
THE Drift Almost As High As the Fence
2010 Blizzard, Ocean Grove, La Vie en Rose

Working His Way Thru the Drift

Finally the Back Door!

Nicky Ocean Grove, December 27th

One Small Paw Print for Catkind

Nick and Nora, Ocean Grove, La Vie en Rose

Thinking About Taking the Next Step

These photos were taken about noon today. Now it’s almost 3:30pm and once again the wind is howling, predicted to reach 50 mph.  Soon all our work will be covered with snow again.😦

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If you had to be marooned by a storm, this would be the place I’d like to be.  I’m happy in my little cottage sitting out the blizzard.  Not so with my spouse!  He is definitely an apartment dweller and feels vulnerable here.   Well he is partially true;  if the power goes out, he really has nowhere to go,  eventually the house would get cold, not even sure I would be able to cook on the gas stove whereas in NYC rarely is everyone out at the same time and restaurants have generators.  Oh dear what is he to do?

I’m drinking the last of the eggnog and picking on hors d’oeuvres while he is fretting. I say go with the flow; we’re inside, the heat is on, there is food and lots of movies  to watch.  The lazy cats have been tucked in their beds all afternoon – of course their beds are near the radiator.

It started to snow about 10am and it quickly went from flurries to flakes to heavy snowfall.  Around 12:30 I took a few photos of the front porch and the backyard where the bird feeder hangs;

December 26th, front porch, La Vie en Rose, Ocean Grove
Front Porch 12:30pm
Bird feeder, Ocean Grove,

Backyard Bird Feeder 12:30pm

Front porch La Vie en Rose, Ocean Grove, Boxing Day

Front Porch 2:30pm

 

sparrows on feeder, Ocean Grove, 30pmVie en Rose

Boxing Day Backyard 2:30pm

 

La Vie en Rose, Ocean Grove, front porch

Front Porch 4:00pm

bird feeder, snow storm, December 26th, La Vien en Rose

Backyard Birdfeeder 4:00pm

La Vie en Rose, front porch,

Front Porch 5:00pm

La Vie en Rose, snow storm, December 26th,

Backyard 5:30pm

back porch snow storm, La Vie en Rose, December26th Ocean Grove

Back Porch 5:30pm

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