Our Journey Raising Two Children with Special Needs

This blog chronicles our life raising two children, Nicholas 14, diagnosed with Prader-Willi Syndrome and Weston 17, diagnosed with Autism/Asperger's/ADHD. It's the ups, the downs, the joys, the sorrows and most importantly, the beauty of living a life less perfect, a life more meaningful.

Friday, January 3, 2014


This was the temperature when we awoke this morning.

Add the wind chill and it was -18!

It was colder here today in Massachusetts than it was in Alaska.

It is very unusual for us to experience these types of frigid temperatures with a snowstorm. Typically, temperatures during a nor'easter hover in the 30 degree range. Very cold frigid air is dry and lacks the necessary moisture to produce snow.

Enter what's called "ocean effect" snow. This occurs when very cold frigid air sweeps across the warmer body of ocean water sucking up moisture and creating bands of clouds that produce very light and fluffy snow. In a typical nor'easter 1 inch of rain would equal about a foot of snow. When temps are this cold, the same 1 inch of precipitation will produce 2 to 3 feet of snow.

These bands of snow clouds can have a very interesting effect on total snow accumulation with some towns measuring their snow in feet while other towns just a few miles away experience only a few inches.

We live on the "north shore" (the area north of Boston) Since this is the Lisa train, we, of course, hit the total snow accumulation jackpot with close to 2 feet of snow.

Here's Weston last night in the thick of things, large light fluffy flakes piling up fast.

Pete spent most of the night plowing our driveway so he could get out to work at 5 am this morning. As you know, he is an HVAC guy (heating, venting, air conditioning) When temps are this cold, it is not unusual for many homes and businesses to experience frozen water pipes which eventually burst. As you can imagine, he is a very busy guy. He is "on call" this week, so I feel very much like a single parent.

But there is a good side to all of this.

To me, it is the beauty.

The sudden and magical change to our environment makes me feel hopeful.
 I figure, if Mother Nature can change so much about herself so quickly, perhaps there is hope for me as well.
And Nicholas, well where do you think he spent the day?
why in his favorite spot, of course.