Spring 2011

Spring has finally arrived in Tyngsboro. I know the calendar said spring arrived three weeks ago, but it’s hard to call it spring when the temperatures are still below freezing and the snow banks haven’t budged. We’ve had a few days into the 50’s and 60’s, and the last of the major snow mountains are just about gone.

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The last bit of the snow which had buried Chrissie’s car has melted off the driveway, and we can see the forsythias were crushed by all the snow. In addition, the moles have left behind a series of partial tunnels along the surface of the ground, just under the snow pack. We’ll be getting out to rake up the debris soon.

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In the backyard, the icebergs that grew on around the back porch are nearly gone. The chipmunks are back out, and with the snow gone we can see the new tunnels and holes around the yard. We’ve already caught three in the trap we keep just inside the brick tunnel at the end of the downspout.

And the hits just keep on coming…

I can’t remember where I first heard that line, but that describes our snowfall this month. We went through most all of November, December and the first part of January with almost no snow. Now, we got almost as much snow in the past few weeks as we typically do all year. Here are a few pictures from the past few days. Note the mailbox, which was almost buried in the Jan 12th ‘nor’easter, and the yellow birdhouse in our front garden.  Joyce has had several rounds digging us out, and digging out the mailbox so we can continue to get the paper and mail. The kids have been helping out as you can see.

The forecast is for more flurries tonight, another snowstorm the middle of next week followed by high temperatures in the ‘teens. Spring can’t come too soon.

Cub Scouts Readyman 2011

The boys from the Tyngsboro Webelos I den attended Readyman 2011 yesterday. Readyman covers basic first aid and safety for advanced Cub Scouts, and is an important transition into Boy Scouts. Anay, George, Matthew and Tyler went through a series of workshops covering the Heimlich maneuver, ‘hurry’ first aid, first aid for minor cuts, burns and bites, and the Courage Character Connection. All the boys did excellent, and received a certificate showing they successfully completed the Readyman requirements.

First Snowstorm of the Year

Went to bed last night after listening to the news about the coming snowstorm. John sent us an e-mail last night just before 11:00 canceling opening of work until at least 1PM, and said he would update us around 11:00. Woke up to this just before 7 (note the mailbox by the road). Weather radar looks like it will snow for another four hours or so.

7AM view from the front door

12:00 Update

Weather radar shows the storm to be moving out, although the NWS has extended the blizzard warning until 8PM. Snow plows have been by several times, leaving a nice wall of snow at the end of our driveway. We’ll start digging out after lunch.

12 Noon view from the porch

Note our mailbox. Good chance we’ll not get mail today.

Our Mailbox

Hope you’re keeping warm and dry where ever you are.

Happy New Year!

We had a great New Years Day here. After a quiet morning with New Years Bread (no one got the coin), I ran the Lowell 1st 10K Run. Like last year, it was a clear and sunny day. Unlike last year, the temperature was in the low 50’s. I started out expecting colder temperatures, and dumped the running tights and gloves just before the start of the race. I took off my hat half-way through, and wished I had also dumped the long-sleeve base shirt as well. Saw a lot of people suffering under too many layers.


I took just over seven minutes off my 2009 time, and saw quite a few other TriFury people at the race as well.

Happy Thanksgiving!

We hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving with family and friends, and have as much to be thankful for as do we. We were fortunate to host a good number of our relatives and friends Thursday. Joyce cooked and cleaned like crazy starting Tuesday evening, most all of Wednesday up to after 11 PM, and then was up again at 4 to put the bird in the oven.

With so much to do and so many coming to visit, I of course left early Thanksgiving morning to run the annual Feaster Five run in North Andover. I meet our cousin Michael at the starting line, and tried to locate cousins Chris and Kristin with no luck. It was a wonderful morning for the run, clear, sunny and not too cold. After the run, Mike and I both departed quickly to get back home. Although Joyce was under a lot of pressure and scrambling to get everything ready for the afternoon dinner, she was delighted to see me and hear that the run went well. That, and the roses helped too.

As we enter the holiday season, we wish you all health, happiness and the best of times with your family and friends.

Testing, Testing, Testing…

Slowly getting the new hard drive configured with the software we want and need, without all the clutter from extra programs loaded by the local shop. Also testing out Live Writer for keeping everyone up to date on what we are doing here.

Here are some pictures taken from the Webelos Craftsman Activity meeting last Thursday. They were taken with my cell phone camera (Thanks Chrissie!), and as you can see, they boys are all typical 9-10 year olds who will not hold still for a picture. Everyone had a good time.