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Blog entry by frank posted 01-02-2008 01:53 PM 1194 reads 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Surrounded by Wood and Snow

....and so once again the gods said; ”let there be snow” and on the second day of the new year there was….

Up here in New England I sometimes wonder if I’m being ‘snowed in’ or ‘snowed out’?

I don’t have a lot of extra time this morning as I’m soon out the door, after some breakfast….to get this place opened up. Now some may wonder what’s the difference to being ‘snowed in’ or ‘snowed out’....and so I will attempt to give my picture version of the definition along with some words. And yes, by now if you’ve read me at all….then you’ll understand, I just can-not stop these spewing//snowy words….why some-time I wonder, which came first….the word or the image?

Snowed in or snowed out, when it really comes down to it, it’s only a matter of how you or I interpret the image picture that is presented before ones-self and then we go forth and give those words the power to hold us in their grip. Have you ever thought about the way one interprets a half glass of water? If I see the glass as being half empty, will I not drink of it and be only half satisfied, knowing the substance of the glass will soon run out. But if I see the glass as half full, might I not drink more freely, seeing so much more therein and so I will also be much more satisfied. So getting back to my original first question of the difference as to being snowed in or snowed out, let us now proceed with some pictures of what that can mean and also I give thanks that in all this….I am surrounded by wood…..

....stepping outside on the front porch this morning around 3:30 am, I snapped these pictures, which led me to ask my-self….am I ‘snowed in’ to the farm or ‘snowed out’ of the rest of the world? And yes, I could really start writing and flipping that question round, but I’ll just let the reader answer his//her own pondering as reader be-ware….is your head-space half full or half empty and what will it be after you start answering that question…..

....I mean it really is a beaut-i-full sight to be-hold, new fallen virgin snow, lying in wait, to awaken the dawn and give forth it’s pure whiteness, be-fore the splaying rays of an early rising sun….and if one will pause for a moment, I do believe I hear that tree of wood giving thanks also….

....and yes, we moved the tree out of the sun-room yesterday to a place of outside glory, since this one will spend some time here over the coming days….weeks…. once again lets ask the question. If you were getting up this morning in our guest room and looking out this window beside the bed….would you see your-self as ‘snowed in’ to what lies within or ‘snowed out’ to what lies beyond? Hmmmm…..any-way I look at it, it’s still a great view….

....oh by the way, did I ever show you a picture of my brother….you should here the stories he tells me of what the winters used to be like around here….

And so….you all have a very good day and….

Thank you.

” smart, work safe, and live, to work the wood….”

-- --frank, NH,

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#1 posted 01-02-2008 02:14 PM

Great pictures and even greater post, as always Frank. The only think I was wondering is what the heck were you doing out in the woods at 0330 AM in such snow… but each to his own I guess. ;o)

By the way, when you told me you had to shovel the snow I though it was below the window-sill level!

As we say here, ”gambattene”!

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#2 posted 01-02-2008 03:04 PM

reminds me of my younger years when we got lots of snow. I remember one year that my uncle had to climb out the upstairs window and dig down to the door so we could get in/out.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#3 posted 01-02-2008 03:18 PM

I woke up to more than a foot of snow on my car here in Cleveland, Ohio….. Kind of par for the course.

-- making sawdust....

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#4 posted 01-02-2008 03:39 PM

You aren’t snowed in, because you were out. But then you were not snowed out because you got in to post these piecture.

So as always there is no right or wrong answer.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#5 posted 01-02-2008 04:49 PM

And here in Texas I woke up to 22 degrees. No snow but certainly cold enough for it.

Great question Frank, for you I would choose snowed “out” as the answer as you certainly spend your time out of doors mostly….

...and is that window half full of snow or half empty??

have a great day.

-- Rob (A) Waxahachie,TX

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#6 posted 01-02-2008 05:06 PM

Once I traveled to Wyoming looking for a place to move to. I noticed that there appeared to be gates that would cross the interstate and coming from southeast NM I had never seen those before. We stopped in Sheridan, nice little town, and I went to the police department and spoke the their chief. I asked about the gates and was told that the gates would close when the snows got too high and would stop traffic from going further. At that point I also wondered in or out. Now living in south central TX I don’t have to worry too much about gates closing roads due to snow. Ice storms every several years and high water areas due to flooding is a different story.

By the way, is your thermometer correct? It looks like it is reading a little over 30. Looks colder than that.

Enjoy your solitude, it is precious to have.

-- Mark

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#7 posted 01-02-2008 05:31 PM

I see you let your brother lay on a nice red blanket. -9 here this moment.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#8 posted 01-02-2008 05:51 PM

I would take ether one, snowed in or out. We are behind on our rain and snow pack and expect to have our first real weather system starting tomorrow night and it will be more rain than snow. I am jealous of the snow you have, I hope we get ours this year. Thanks for all your photos and words.

-- Ron, Twain Harte, Ca. Portable on site Sawmill Service

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#9 posted 01-03-2008 07:20 AM

Frank -

I see your snowshoes on the porch . . . one of my favorite things to do in Central Oregon. Happy New Year to you. Excellent photos. I always enjoy your writing.


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#10 posted 01-03-2008 07:24 AM

Frank. I was wondering. I guess the window that is all covered up with snow doesn’t have any wind blowing in, does it. Nice insulation.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#11 posted 03-19-2010 07:38 AM

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#12 posted 03-19-2010 09:27 PM

To me, Frank, the world doesn’t get any more beautiful that when it is wrapped in a blanket of snow. The purity, silence and tranquility of the snow is renewing.

Hope all is well.


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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