February 07, 2010

A Serious Snow

Well we have been without power all day and it just went back on as the sun went down. A tender mercy to be sure as it has been so frigid in the house that we have been huddled together around our fireplace all day long. We've had some fun family time playing games and cranking up the hand crank radio and listening to music. The most frustrating part of the day came when our dog ate my sandwich that I had just sat down on the hearth to eat but was distracted by someone's request and she snatched it up. If I hadn't just washed a sinkful of dishes in cold water and made everyone esle lunch (while starving), before myself it wouldn't have been quite so bad. My nice husband went right up and made me another.

Now that the power is on we are praying that it stays that way. In the middle of the night I heard a loud crack that confused the heck out of me- when daylight came I saw the large tree that came down and hit our AC unit outside. One or 2 feet in another direction and it could have been through our window! We were looking at it out the basement window in amazment when another part of the tree snapped off right in front of our eyes. There's also a large pine in the front of the house that has lost large limbs today. That is what happens when large storms are combined with big trees. And then out goes the power and you all have some happy family time together. With the power on I am cooking up a storm in case it goes out again. So I better stop blogging I guess. I just came up to print off a recipe for killer chocolate cake with peanut butter frosting for Big Boy's birthday on the 8th. I hope to be dug out by then... wish us luck!
This is a shot of the tree that went down and the air conditioning unit it fell on...

8 comments:

Chaka said...

I hate it when the power goes out, but it can be fun if you can just hunker down with your family and play Little House on the Prarie. My wife bought some old kerosene lamps for occasions like that. It makes you realize how dark things must have been before flourescent lighting.

CSIowa said...

Stay safe!

Kelly said...

We kept saying all day "this is just the way they did things back in the days of the pioneers."

My neighbor said he has an indoor kerosene heater. I kinda think that would be unsafe, but after this I think we will look into it. That and possibly a small generator. There were so many things we could have done to prepare more. Boil eggs, do laundry, etc.

literaqueen said...

Scary! I'm glad the power's on now, at least. I'm going to do some baking tonight in case something happens to the heat so I have some residual warmth. So far it looks like the power lines are safe here.

I thought about you when I heard about the big snowball fight in DC. You probably were stuck in your driveway and wouldn't have been able to get there, huh?

Katie said...

Wow! A tiny taste of The Long Winter. Sounds like you are being really cheery about it - good for you.

That cake looks amazing. Hope you blog about how it turns out so I know if I should try it.

Kelly said...

The cake was super good! I will follow up with some photos tomorrow.

Kat said...

WOW! That is some crazy weather! Surprisingly our winter (in WI) has been fairly mild this year. Unusual. We are supposed to be getting a lot of snow this week, so we'll see.
Stay warm!

Emily said...

I remember the first year we lived in Maryland that the kids only had 10 days of school in February. A big snow was the reason for canceling the other days.

But the storm I remember doesn't begin to compare with what you've received this time around. I hope this most recent storm hasn't taken your power out again!

All that said, we'll take the 8-inches that came our way without complaining!