Tuesday, February 12, 2013

The Snowy Day(s)

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.

tree in power lines

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.

downed tree and cables

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.

snowy trees

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.


  1. The picture of the snow on the trees is just gorgeous.

  2. I'm sure this was an absolute nuisance - but from my perspective, it looks lovely and I'm jealous. When I think back to some of the most blissful days in my life over the past few years, it was those days when we were trapped inside because of a snowstorm and lack of electricity. We cooked and warmed ourselves by the fire. We walked around my candlelight. We relied on each other for warmth, strength and entertainment. There was an awesomely primitive romance that refreshed my soul!!! When the power came back on, it felt like we were zapped back to the "real world." So that time "without" was actually the most "with it" I'd felt in a long time and it was a wonderful reprieve. And now, to quote my favorite line from the "other" Nemo ...

    "Just keep swimming, just keep swimming ... what do we do? We swim, swim, swim!

    I'm glad you all stayed safe and your sanity seems intact!! :)

  3. Beautiful pics. Hope we provided a little warmth and diversion for you and the kids! As you'll read, you offered a little inspiration for me.