Meanderings on the Snow

I live for snow. My wife likes it so much that she puts out a lawn flag that says, “Snow Days Welcome!” I use the snowdays to do my route. I have a bunch of people who are dependent on my snowblower to free themselves and get to their doctor’s office, or the grocery store, or wherever they are going. Generally, if it is less than three inches, they do it themselves, but over three inches and I generally go out. It is good exercise and fills the winter months with an aspect of landscaping.

Speaking of landscaping, you should be pruning your apple trees right now. Any branches reaching straight up should be cut off. This will increase the number of apples your tree can support and make apple picking easier. And, right now or when the ground clears in your garden, you can pick any dead flowers and throw them out. Some will have ready seeds, like marigolds, but some just need to be cleared for the next round in the spring. I like to plant annuals that I have started in the house, and perennials which I generally pick up at the florist’s greenhouse.

The ground is hard now, but it will not be in March or April. Planting season in the Northeast generally takes place in early May but keep in mind that your flowers can be confused by New England weather. Remember the hot spell during the Marathon a couple of years ago. I had to re-root some flowers that grew too early.

I uncovered some items of historical interest on Lowell’s schools, which will become fodder for my thinking process in the near future. The McAvinnue (whose given name at construction was the Pawtucket Memorial), was full of major hurdles. At one time, an Army unit even stayed in the basement while awaiting orders to ship out. Then there were the natural disasters the faculty had to work with and overcome. So, if I can do it, I will include some pictures of the grand old schools. Lowell High School is definitely on the list, as is the old Butler. I have pictures of many of the classrooms, lounges, and libraries of old. Whether or not I can cut and paste is a major question. Time will tell. In the meantime, try to make it in the cold, be careful and safe, and enjoy the snow.\

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