Cabin Fever

This winter has been brutal and cabin fever has really set in for me. Hours upon hours of shoveling, snowplowing, and roof raking in sometimes heavy┬ásnow, cold, and wind. Dressing in layers because our house is not well insulated, is drafty, and we’re just 0.1 degrees away from the coldest February on record.

All of these are conspiring against my productivity and energy levels. I have noticed a huge lack of focus, especially in the past few weeks. All I want to do is relax and do nothing, especially in the evening. I also noticed that I am aimlessly browsing my various digital devices, not really accomplishing anything. I try reading, but just lose focus early on.

I wish I had an easy tip to combat cabin fever, but it’s alluding me so far. Hopefully hints of spring start appearing. This week we will probably go a full seven days between snow events, the longest in a month, although it’s still brutally cold. We’re expecting possible -14 degree (F) temperatures tonight.


The Snow Blitz of 2015

Another day, another storm. 11.5 inches more of snow. We’ve essentially gotten a winter’s worth of snow in the past 16 days.



A walk across a lake

Today my wife and I took a walk across Massabesic Lake, a beautiful and easy to miss spot in Manchester, just 10 minutes from where we live. How did we walk across the lake? We went snowshoeing! The lake is frozen solid and is perfect to walk across.

There were only a few people out on the lake today. Mostly ice fishing or snowshoeing.

Photo of Massabesic Lake
Ice fishing, snowshoers, and cross country skiing all sharing Massabesic Lake

We decided to hike across the lake to Battery Point, a favorite spot of ours in the summer.

Photo of Massabesic Lake looking towards Battery Point in the winter
Looking across Massabesic Lake towards Battery Point

Being perfectly flat, it took us about a hour from where we parked to reach Battery Point. We sat for a few moments, listening to the silence and nature that is the best part of visiting this lake. Despite being in Manchester (and Auburn), it is nowhere near the actual city (despite a 10 minute car drive) and feels as if it was a hour away. Heightening this feeling is that almost all of the land surrounding the lake is protected, as the lake is Manchester’s water source. Almost no houses exist on the shores of the lake. It makes this quite a special spot in Manchester that will never see million dollar homes being built on its shores.


Blizzard of 2013

The northeast area of the United States was hit by an incredible blizzard. Where I live in Manchester, New Hampshire we had about 21″ of snow in about a 24 hour period. Through more snowfall, wind blowing snow around, and cold temperatures (low 20s) I spent about two hours clearing out the driveway with my snowblower (best purchase I’ve ever made.

Front yard and mailbox buried by Blizzard of 2013
Front yard and mailbox buried by Blizzard of 2013


Car Buried in Snow
My Subaru completely buried by Blizzard of 2013