We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
I've seen a road through snow like that, some years ago, in Northern Montana, about 100 miles East of Great Falls. Quite a sight when you're driving through it. They cut the road clear with a snow blower, and leave a ramp up at the end with a turnaround, so snowmobiles can leave the end of the road and continue on.
No offense intended towards your relatives, but it seems to me the charm-n-warmth quotient would be greatly improved by the removal of the friendly municipal signs from the columns of the porch.
You know, from the bones, that was a beautiful house once. A series of individual decisions have turned it into what it is now.
I sometimes wonder as I wander around the Berkshires, that the market value of some of the Victorian houses I see in Adams and Pittsfield would increase by an order of magnitude if I could somehow transport them to Stockbridge.
Inspiring to every YANKEE with a camera? Having grown up in Ohio, and moving all over, I have for the past 15 years watched the whining and non-stop complaining over any amount of snow from my perch 35 miles west of Boston.
My biggest question is how on earth did the ancestors of these present day babies, millions of them, win a revolution? It is mind numbing how bad the New England people act when there is snow, ice, or freezing rain. More than once schools were canceled and it didn't snow. People pack the grocery stores, buy yet another shovel, salt, and every other nonsense item. This entire region is packed with folks who are babies, who complain too much, and just don't live in the real world. Glad it wasn't our generation that founded the country.
Anytime anyone mentions Yankee and Snow I want to laugh. And anyone up here that laughed at the folks down South earlier in the month, keep quiet. The northeastern region folds up and hides with very, very little weather change.