It's Sunday and that means that it's time for "Questions and Answers" again and I'm answering some questions that are both informational and fun.
* What kind of camera do you use to take your photos? They are beautiful and so detailed.
Posted by: Jessica
So.....my first FAQ page is up and you can find it here:
* Have you always lived in Vermont? And is it true there is no Target there?
Posted by: MelissaS
No, I haven't always lived in Vermont, though Vermont is where I call home. When people ask me where I'm from, I usually tell them Vermont. It's where I've dug my roots down the deepest and it's now where I've lived the longest.
I was born in Rhode Island and spent my first 8 years there. My family then moved to northern New Hampshire, where I spent my next 8 years. We moved to Pennsylvania when I was 16 and spent almost 3 years there. We moved to Vermont when I was 19. I met my husband in PA just 8 days before my family moved. I moved back to PA when my husband and I got engaged and lived there just short of 2 years when Davy and I moved back up here to Vermont (Jan. 1st of 1999). I was 7 1/2 months pregnant with my son when we moved to Vermont. We've been here ever since.
And yes, it's true. There's no Target here in Vermont. I think the closest one is about a 2 1/2 hour drive away. Proof yo: There are NO Target stores in Vermont
* Hmmm...I guess my question is about where you live. When the NJ traffic and congestion gets to me, I start dreaming about living in Vermont or New Hampshire, but then I remember that it gets so cold there. So my question is, how long do the winters last? How cold does it get, how much snow in an average year, and what are the summers like?
Posted by: Allison Sosinsky
Winters seem to last FOREVER here in Vermont. Technically, the winters last just as long as they do in any other part of the world considering it starts on December 21st and ends on March 20th, but the way the calendar views it and the way we northeasterners view it are two TOTALLY different things. ;) Kind of like that saying, "The first day of spring and the first spring day are two completely different things."
We can get snow as early as October and as late as May, depending on the year and how high up you live. Winter here in the Champlain Valley seems to start sometime in November and ends sometime in early April. Long enough for me. I LOVE where I live, but I hate cold weather. I put up with it by sitting in my warm house at my crafting desk and sipping hot cocoa and hot chai. :) It makes it SO much more bearable.
We can have it as low as 20 degrees BELOW zero (once it a great while, it can get lower) and on average, we get an average of 60-100 inches of snowfall a year, depending on the elevation.
The summers are gorgeous. Lots of green and plenty of things to do outside. We live just a few miles from the shores of Lake Champlain, which borders VT and NY. It's 132 miles long and has plenty of opportunity for play. It usually hovers in the high 70s to low 80s, though we do see a few days in the upper 90s here and there. It's pretty comfortable, actually.
The snow is there, but she found it SO much easier and quicker to build it with part snow and part sled/sandbox lid/deck chairs. It seemed to work out really well for her.
We're in the midst of getting dumped on with snow right now and the wind is kicking up really high drifts.
Hope you're all staying warm and dry!