On the off chance you've wondered where I've been and haven't seen the Facebook page, I thought I'd provide a very short update. We were smack dab in the middle of Nemo, which sounds like a nice little fish but apparently is a very big, snowy, windy blizzard. We were without power for almost 48 hours, and without phone or Internet for another day and a half after that. I have not yet heard of anyone in my town who maintained electricity through the storm, probably for reasons like the below.
That's the street that leads to my house. It's supposed to be a two-way street, but that tree and all the power lines it knocked down were taking up more than half of the street. I also had some issues closer to home.
That's my front yard (with the neighbor's house in the background). The mess on the right used to be part of a large locust tree. Those cables you see hanging down are how I get electricity, cable, phone, and Internet from the primary lines at the street.
We are fully operational now, yet I still have two cables hanging down from that tree and running through the snowy yard. Apparently, they are cable for two companies whose services former owners of my house used for phone and/or cable services. Luckily, I happened to chat with the technician from my provider. Otherwise, I'd have no idea whom to call to have excess wires removed from my yard, which I have done. Gee, I bet removing useless cables from the yard of a non-customer will be right up there at the top of their to-do list.
While the storm wreaked a great deal of havoc, the snow was beautiful. If we'd only had electricity, it might have been nice to hunker down, hang out, watch a lot of movies, play games, and the like. Unfortunately, it was mostly just pretty cold.
It rained all day yesterday, so unbelievably a lot of the snow is already gone. No worries, I hear we have more in the forecast. Maybe we'll actually get out sledding this time around.
I'll be back soon with my attempt to make lemonade (kid craft projects) from lemons (the contents of my spoiled refrigerator) and other fun post-blizzard updates.