Snow in Boston - a fun month
Trip Start Jan 01, 2011
1Trip End Jan 31, 2011
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Jan 2- Sunday- We were up early to find that the whole area was thickly fogged in! The temp did rise to 50 today. Down to breakfast where we talked with David, a fellow Phil has known here for several years, then back to the room to relax a bit and finally start packing up our things. Back on the road and reluctantly heading back to home. It stayed foggy till we crossed the canal and back on the ‘mainland’. Our next stop was at Phils cousin Dickie and wife Mary in Plymouth. We see them each time we are down this way. He has Parkinson and this time there was a definite decrease in his functions. Their 2 sons, Mike and Dick were there and we all enjoyed the visit. Then on home where we unpacked and relaxed. There is still quite a bit of snow here and more is expected later this week. Later we had to go shopping and then had Pizza delivered for dinner
Jan 3- Monday=It is cold again- 27 but we’re smug here in the house. Finally midafternoon we headed to the condo gym for our exercise and after that bundled up as good as we could and drove to Quanapowitt Lake- about 4 blocks away and walked the entire lake- exactly 3 miles. The lake is covered with ice and snow and is really pretty-the trails are cleared but thawing snow is turning to ice. We saw Nancy Kerrigan, remember her-the ice dancer that Tanya Harding injured on purpose! A stop at the bank and back home-we will go to dinner later tonight. I have my new camera working and think I will like it. A Nikon CoolPixS6000. So later out to Mt Vernon for a huge pork chop and a bloomin’ onion. Took a picture of our 2 favorite wait persons- Ellie and Michael, enjoyed the meal and home for a wine and off to bed early- well, we will see - never seems to happen!
Jan 4th tue- A very good nights sleep and up for a waffle breakfast. Had planned to go to the Science Center today but was so pretty out we opted for a walk in a state park Phillip had camped at in his past. It was only 32 degrees, but we walked for an hour and it was very pretty with the snow and the bare trees and the ice on the lakes
Jan 5, Wed--Phil slept in this morning as he is anticipating no sleep tonight. He went to pickup his laundry and pills at his pharmacy - said it was cold outside, again. It was 27 in Mesa AZ again this morning! Glad I changed my ticket home! Mid afternoon Phil started his regime for getting ready for tomorrows colonoscopy. I fixed a simple dinner for me and he drank his dinner!
Jan 6- Phil was up at 3am to continue the prep for his test today. When I woke at 7 he was sleeping in the living room chair. Woke him so he would have time for shower before Kristen arrived to pick him up at 8. He wanted his daughter, since she is a nurse, to take him to the hospital! She was here at 7:30 and they were off shortly after that. He called at 9:30 to let me know he was next in line for the procedure. About 1 they arrived back home and Kristen stayed for a bit. Phil thought he was doing fine but he really was spacey! I fed him some soup and as Kristen was ready to leave he hit the bed, and zonked out
Jan 7th-I hope the weather holds out as we are scheduled to have dinner in Hyde Park with Ed and Connie Jesser. It is 23, feels like 15, this morning! You can feel snow in the air and it is to start this evening. We did not go anywhere until we headed into Boston. Our first stop was the Columbarium at Forest Hills Cemetery where Peggy is interned. This is an interesting and unusual place with many works of art throughout. We also toured the basement to see the ‘older’ urns and the rooms of unclaimed urns and ashes
Jan 8-Sat- When I looked very early there was no snow, but a couple of hours later it began, big fluffy flakes turning to hard and cold little beads and then stopping again. Supposed to snow off and on for the next couple of days. Later some tiny light flakes were floating around in the sky and then it quit. Phil headed to Boston to the YMCA for a good workout - I went to the gym here in the condo building and back home for a shower and to read till Phil gets home. Phil called on his way home and I met him at the downstairs door-we were going to a movie but didn’t have time to get there. Grocery shopping instead and home for hotdogs and baked beans. When I got into the car he asked if I had been listening to the news -I had not. A 22 year old gunman had shot a congresswoman in the head, killed 6 more people and wounded 17 in Tucson AZ. We spent the evening watching this tragedy on TV. So very sad, and esp the 9 year old girl killed whose neighbor had brought her down to hear the congresswoman. Connie K called to talk about the shooting and to tell Phil that I was a great lady!!
Jan 9-Sunday- A lazy start and bacon and eggs for breakfast. I spent most of the morning trying, as I do ever trip here, to get his unused computer working
Jan 10th-Monday- Up to 22 degrees. Had big bowls of oatmeal with blueberries - a good way to start the day. At 11 we will head for the city and Lord and Taylor store where Ying works. Everything is on sale and she also gives us her family discount so a very good deal. I am looking for a dressy coat to leave here - probably a long one like the women wear back here. My wonderful winter coat is not appropriate for our evenings out, though it really doesn’t bother me because it is soooo warm! We arrived at Lord and Taylor, met Ying and proceeded around the store-Phil picked up a coat and said try this- it was first coat we had looked at and just perfect! Much more looking added one sweater to my purchases. The coat was marked $215 and the sweater was $119! By the time Ying went through all the discounts and coupons the total for both was $115 including tax!! That was the rest of my Christmas present from Phil
Jan 11, Tue- Up at 9:30 to temperature of 21 degrees! At 11 it was 22 degrees! The big snow storm is to start tonight with promises of 16 inches of snow! Some grocery shopping and a movie this afternoon and then we will be prepared to stay home for a couple of days. But we started too late to get to the movie, again, so stopped at Jordon’s and walked around, running into some friends of Phil’s. A stop at the grocery store and then to THE BROTHERS for dinner. Great Greek place, sorta combo between specials and cafeteria, but good food. We had Beef stew and salad-perfect for a cold night.Next stop was groceries and then to Malden for some wine and back home. I know this storm will disrupt the airline schedules and hope by the time I leave here- at noon one week from today - that all will be back to normal. And the snow did start late in the night.
Jan 12th - I was up once during the night to see about 5 inches of white stuff out there, and later at 7 there was lots more and by noon there was a lot!!! At least 16 inches. Power outages all over but so far we are lucky. Winds have been between 30 and 65 MPH, but not right here. It is starting to slow down now at 2pm and I want to go out for a walk if it quits- I came prepared for this - My big and heavy coat Phil gave me for Christmas while we were still in AZ, my heavy hiking boots, gloves and mittens, ear muffs, scarf, gaiters for walking in the deep snow, sweat pants to wear over my jeans, turtle neck and sweaters-I should be comfortable--and look like the doughboy
Jan 13-Thu - Sky is blue today and very pretty with all the snow. People are out shoveling and it is hard because the road crews piled it up over the walks and driveways. Phil got his phone bill and it is more than double the usual and he is fighting with Verizon on the phone
Jan 14th-A trial run to the airport in case he has to take me to the plane, then a 2 mile, in the snow, walk on Revere Beach with a stop for hot chocolate, it is about 24 degrees!!!! After that was a theater where we saw True Grit-been trying for 4 days to get to this one - it was a great movie, worth the wait. This is some theater--Huge entryway and it is like being in a food court-You can have a complete dinner here and there is also a full sports bar, drinks and all. Out to Mt Vernon for dinner of scallop special and home.
Jan 15th-Saturday- Up to 15 degrees and feels like 11 degrees weather, but clear skies
Jan 16th-Sunday- Up to clear skies and cold-again! We hung around here till afternoon and then drove past Concord for a ride - only stop was to browse an antique shop in Littleton. Back home with a stop for wine. We had a huge bowl of calamari and linguine, left from last night, so I stuck it in the micro to warm it! And when I took it out it slipped out of my hands, caught on the edge of the stove and went EVERYWHERE in the kitchen!! What a mess and what a loss of a good dinner! My forearms and hands were red from the hot sauce but eventually faded away with no injury. Took both of us to clean it up and I felt soooo bad as it went down the garbage disposal! So we ordered a pizza~
Jan 17th- Martin Luther King Day - Up to 17 degrees and sun outside, but snow expected again today or tomorrow. Looked at grade school pictures of Phil and he read me part of his Masters Degree paper about HOW some people become criminal, and what a reformed probation system could do to head off repeat offenders
Jan 18th-I was up at 8 and the temp was 20 and the sky was clear, but when we got up at 9:30 there was almost 2 inches of snow everywhere and now at 1 it is still snowing, but temp is 34 so it is wert snow. All the ugly piles of snow now have a clean white coating and it looks pretty again. Supposed to be rain by afternoon and rain tomorrow. 2 pm and it seems to be temporarily not snowing, though it was the big fluffy flakes a short time ago. It finally turned to rain and rain the rest of the day
Jan 19th-Not raining this morning but it is 38 degrees. Snow to start by noon and last through the evening. On Saturday the high is to be 19 and the low 6 degrees! I hope all those without electric are repaired by then. We had the leftovers from Mt Vernon for lunch and then we did grocery shopping, wine shopping and a few other things and back to home for a while. Later we took the laundry to the laundry place and went to Stoneham where Phil got his hair cut by Anita, his reg haircutter and she does a great job
Jan 20th-Thur--Most of the roofs and walks are clear of snow for now due to the rain. Piles of frozen snow- up to 8 or 9 feet are everywhere and will be here for a long time! We took a drive north to Gloucester for clam chowder -- a huge bowl of chowder! We had planned on a movie but by the time we left heading back there were traffic jams everywhere and we did not make it in time-actually missed the show by an hour! Since we were coming through Revere we called Paul and Denise - she was not home yet but he was and we stopped for a 10 minute visit - 1/2 hour later Denise arrived and we stayed on, until it was almost too late to go to Melissa’s for dinner. As it was we did not have time to go home and change - had a usual good meal not getting home till after 9. It is going to start snowing late tonight or early morning. Did not get to bed till after 1am.
Jan 21- Friday - About 6 I looked out and it was a very light snow
Jan 22- Saturday- Up to 18 degrees, at 9:30
Jan 23-Sunday- Up to 13 degrees and blue skies! We hung around here all day finally going to Sterns and Hill for dinner. I had the swordfish and Phil had the Haddock - both very good. Back home - it is 14 degrees - and into our warm sanctuary for the evening.
Jan 24th-Monday- I will leave here in one week weather permitting. 5 am it was 1 degree, 6 am it was 0 degree and when we finally got up at 9 it was minus -2 degrees (and ‘feels like’ minus 28 with the wind chill factor!)! now at 10 it is 1 degree again! COLD. Mid afternoon we drove into Boston to attend the Museum of Science- a huge place! We did not even finish the basement in the 2 1/2 hours before they closed the doors and ran us out
Jan 25th-Tuesday- It warmed up to 12 during the night! And started to snow- but only about 3/4 inch--so far. It is spitting very fine snow now and the storm is not to start until late tonight. Phil has to go to Police today to get a photo and fingerprinted to renew his gun license-they are very strict about it here. We will then get groceries so we can get snowed in again! Grocery shopping and then a movie- The Company Men, a very good movie and Tommy Lee Jones does a great job, and then to Polcari’s for the best Pizza Margherita with fresh basil! Back home finally and now the snow is to be scarce tomorrow but tomorrow night will be 6-12 inches.
Jan 26th-Wed- Up late and a lazy day- Finally afternoon we headed to the gym for our hour of using all the machines that they have! Home for a shower and leftover pizza, then Phil made a run to the cigar store and to check on their fax so I can get his ticket to him for his trip to AZ in Feb
Storm finally started around 9 pm - very small, fine snow-you could hardly see the flakes!
Jan 27-Thur- It snowed all night and apparently turned to much bigger flakes--this morning there was probably 8-10 inches of the fluffy white stuff! As before- the new snow covers the old and dirty snow making it look so fresh and white everywhere. The temp even cooperated going up to 30-been a long time since it was that warn. We hung around here till noon, then out for about a mile walk into Wakefield and around town in the snow. The big pile by the bank was still there and yesterday Phil said a jeeper drove up to the top of it! A stop for hot chocolate and back to get the car (Claudia is cleaning the house and we cannot go in -she resents me being here- she had a crush on Phil and does not want me around and makes it very apparent!) and head to the theater to see ‘The Fighter’ another film based in Boston, on the life of Lowell fighter Micky Ward. The guy who played Micky, Walberg, is a second cousin to Phils wife Peggy and was with the brother of one of the singers in ‘New Kids on the block.'- Back home to change clothes and hear to Melissa’s for dinner
Jan 28th- Friday-Down to the new diner for breakfast - the snow is so pretty but I can see people are really tired of it now. So far there has been 60.3 inches and the normal by now is 41.0. The all time total for the entire season is 102 inches. Most of the snow is still on the ground--today was the first day to get as high as 32 degrees in a month! Icicles are 6 feet plus on many buildings. The snow is stacked up by the plows 6 feet to 15 or more feet. Later in the day we headed out for another movie-not much else doable during this time--The Rite-- not a bad movie, Then to Somerville to to The Mt Vernon again. We had the baked scallops-good. Home to some music, talk and a bit of dancing.
Jan 29th- Time to think about packing for the trip home. Clothes to wash today and things to do. We were going to have dinner with friends at a fancy place in town but found that a Sat night with no reservation is impossible--Parking is valet only-$18. To get reservation you need to start at least a month early and then it helps to ‘know’ someone. We will try that again my next trip.
supposed to snow again today but noon now and nothing yet. I am fighting with his computer-again-I think I have the answer- I will set up my old computer when I return to AZ and he can bring it back here! The good news is that it did NOT snow at all today and was actually up to 40 degrees - a bit of the rooftop snow melted but the piles of snow just stayed the same! Late afternoon we decided to go out for a drive and then come home for hotdogs and beans. Headed north and as we approached Hamilton Phil decided to give Butch and AnneMarie a call- they were home so we stopped for a short visit
Jan 30th- Sunday- 30 degrees and could be some snow early afternoon, though I doubt it. Plan on the gym this morning and then start packing. I did get all my laundry done yesterday and I am leaving some things here for next trip. We did not get to the gym and it did not snow! We did go for a ride north past Salem and then south along the ocean to Winthrop- arriving in the dark at the Winthrop Inn for dinner. It is an old Inn started in 1910 and feels like stepping back in time when you walk in the door. A good meal-Shrimp Scampi, crab cakes and a spinach pie. Our waitperson was a delightful gal, age 34 who looked 19, Lebanese and a lot of fun. She made the evening fun and I think she enjoyed us too - they were not busy so she talked with us a long time. Her family had left Lebanon, went to Brazil, back to Lebanon and then 14 years ago they moved to Boston. Phil had her entire life history while she served us! Leaving there we headed home -the temp has dropped and there is ice in any wet spots--though the road crew has done such a fantastic job that there is virtually NO water on the roads
Jan 31-Monday Up at 7, ate, showered and repacked a bit. The limo was a bit early and we were ready for it. Kevin is the driver this time and I think we will keep him for the AM driver and Harry for the PM driver. A quick trip to the airport, hardly any traffic, no cars parked outside, no line at SW counter and got right through security - though they singled me our for the X-ray thing. Don’t know why but since they have put those in I am singled out EVERY time! Now lots of time to wait. Phil called to say I had left my ‘mouse’ there but I had already discovered it was missing! His tax stuff all arrived today so he may be able to come to AZ earlier-between storms. Right now he is planning on the 13th and we leave for Hawaii the 16th. Not much juggle time if planes snowed in on the 13th.
So, another great trip with lots of adventure comes to an end. The nice thing is we have lots more trip/adventures in the works.