I think this is our third significant snowfall for this winter. It started snowing at 6:30am yesterday , and is STILL snowing at 11am – with no end in sight!!!!
Just by chance, I happened to read an article in Yankee Magazine by Edie Clark, about an 2008 ice storm in New Hampshire. 400,000 households in the state were without power. Altho her ice encrusted world was pretty – she likened it to Armageddon!!!
The author hauled water from the spring, melted ice for washing dishes, read by candlelight, listened to a hand cranked radio, and slept next to the woodstove!!!
On the 12th day, there was light!!! The electricity was back on in NH!!!
After reading that story, I should NOT complain – our electricity went out about midnite last night. We don’t have ice, just an unbelievable amount of snow for this area of Virginia.
We have a generator, and I am hoping the propane does not run out!!! The news tells us the power should be back on in 10 hours or so. My fingers and toes are crossed!!!
The basement woodstove is on – which heats the the lower and main level of the house. Doesn’t do much for the upstairs – but heat rises, so we will see………….
The kitchen stove does not work on the generator – so, we are microwaving water for tea, and my daughter made a pound cake in mugs in the microwave!!! If we are forced to activate the upstairs woodstove – we can cook on that!
It is times like these, that make me appreciate what our ancestors went thru – without generators, running water, indoor toilets, or any of the modern conveniences!
We did have to run out early in the morning yesterday – as the snow was starting to accumulate.
I thought I had everything I needed – and realized the bag of feed I thought I had for the horses – was not there!!! So, with Mr. Green Jeans at the wheel, we went off to the co-op for the horses!!
Amazingly – we were not the only ones out – the place was packed!!!! Bill, who works behind the counter – said they had been non stop busy since the day before!! I doubled my feed order and we scooted out of there.
On the way home, we headed to the Post Office – and came upon an accident – two cars collided and were in the ditch. One of them was our mail lady!! We weren’t allowed to stop – so continued on to the PO – the postmaster was already aware of the accident and was making the necessary calls. As we left to go home – the traffic was stopped for emergency vehicles, so DH decided to take the back way home. “The back way” means rural, unplowed, winding, gravel road!!!!!
It was picturesque of course, but a bit nail biting for me! I kept praying there was no one coming around the bend at us. And, of course, my camera batteries died at this point in the drive, so I had to resort to the cell phone camera for photos!
This morning I let the dogs out with me – so they could plow a path for me to the barn!! I felt like a kid in a snowsuit, with many layers underneath waders and a waterproof drover’s coat!
The horses had trampled down the snow right outside the barn, but poor Miss Lilly was quite perturbed – all this snow is just not her cup of tea!!!
The wild birds were gathered at the feeding station – chattering away, waiting for that human to come out and give them breakfast! I refill their dishes every hour in this weather!!!
I am not sure if the deer ventured out last night to get their evening meal of cracked corn. I did notice one of the trees that shelters one of deer feeding spots, had broken in half under the weight of the snow.
I would not be surprised, if we end up with close to 40 inches of snow. there is yet another snow storm scheduled for this coming Tuesday!!! We have Minnesota weather in Virginia!!
If I can step away from the computer – this would be a great day to accomplish all the “must-do’s” and art/ sewing projects that are piling up!!!
I am looking at the pond in my banner picture above, and have a mantra running thru my head: Spring WILL come, spring WILL come, I know it will, I know it will, I know it will, I know it will……!!!!!
***I just uploaded a bunch of pix to this post – and the electricity was struggling to come back on!!! It finally did – yay!!In the 12th hour – there was light!!! But all the pictures disappeared – thankfully, most of the post was saved!! Let’s see if I can upload the pix again, and get this post up, before the power goes out again!!!***
I don’t know why – but the pictures won’t upload. Soooo, visualize, and check back again tonite. I will try to upload the photos again – if we have power!!!!
All is white for as far as the eye can see (and that is not far at the moment) at Mountain Meadows today…………………………………..