Snowmen and sledding are once again the order of the day! We've had another "snow burst" here and have been hunkered down inside the house since Thursday morning. Kind of a deja vous since the last time. I think when all was said and done, the official count was 18" of snowfall over a 24 hour period. Then yesterday, freezing rain on top of that = double trouble. Apparently, according to county records, the last time anything like this happened was about a hundred years ago.
Here's the cat's eye view from the front porch. I had my slippers on and couldn't venture further with the camera, and it's chilly, hovering around the freezing point. B-r-r-. Roads, shops, services and schools have been closed for days. Some neighborhoods (and towns) are still without electricity due to damaged power lines that falling tree branches took down. Our car and driveway still looks like this. Meaning: Not going anywhere anytime soon.
Everyone here is cozy and safe though. Sometimes knitting, sometimes baking. I've got the crockpot going and the Mister, despite this hilarious snow-drift on top his BBQ, fired up the grill without skipping a beat. We kept looking out the window there, and seeing this enormous mound growing by the hour. Pretty funny.
And there was this. What looked like a gigantic sugar cake. No one dared breathe on it for fear of upsetting its magnificent form. I think it needs a bright candle set right there in the middle where that hole is.
This morning, we woke to the sound of water dripping and ice cracking outside--all very dramatic and exciting! The backyard birds were chirping like mad and squawking with relief. And so were we. Keeping our fingers crossed that the thaw is on the way.
In the meantime, I've been a busy bee working and printing lots of patterns. Sometimes the printers get cranky if I overwork them and two of them decided they were not going to cooperate no matter how kindly I patted and sweet-talked. Fortunately, with the Mister unable to get to work I can keep him busy fixing things around here. He gave them the business and cheerfully kept everything up and running. Unfortunately though, there's been no mail service since Wednesday afternoon. So despite our best efforts there will be a delay.
Just wanted to let you know so you don't worry.
I am holding out hope that the mail truck will be chained-up and ready to roll tomorrow. There is still quite a lot of snow to be moved off the roads though so we shall just have to wait and see. We are on the rural route and usually the last to see a snow-plow.
Speaking of snow-plows, I heard that the berms pushed to the side of the road were twelve feet high in some places! That is a lot of snow. Cars have been getting stranded here at the bottom of the mountain. They somehow make it down, but can't get the traction to get back up. We are learning things! Yes we are.