Monday with the blizzard on our doorstep, everyone in the state was asked to stay indoors and off the roads to facilitate emergency vehicles and the plow trucks. Most obliged. The first of the trucks came over our hill at about 4 AM and continued for the entire day. I'd say it made about 15 passes by the house until about 9 PM and counting. Basically around these parts, they are calling it a cold weather hurricane. All day there were but a few sounds: TV weather reports blaring in the den, the rumbling of plows passing the house, and the non-stop howling of the wind. I must say, I've witnessed blizzards through my youth and right up until the big one that dropped 34.5 inches in 2013, but I don't think I've ever observed a Big Blow like all day yesterday. Sitting in the kitchen, next to the woodstove that was fully loaded, the wind was just howling down the chimney and the driveway was truly a classic whiteout all afternoon. The cleanup begins this morning. All schools are closed again. By late afternoon yesterday, my guesstimate was 18-20 inches. Still snowing. Final total? Are you a good guesser? * This is a photograph of one of the many plow trips past our house yesterday. Front door open amid snow and wind. Click!