In my last post I lamented about the 5-8 inches of snow we were going to get right in time for the big travel day before Thanksgiving. I also mentioned how the meteorologists get it wrong as often as they get it right.
Well, they weren’t exactly wrong about the snow. It did come. It came earlier than expected, lasted longer than anticipated and dumped over a foot of snow (in some areas up to 16”) in many places. It started off as a wet heavy snow that snapped tree limbs and power lines leaving many of us with out power…for days.
That seems to be par for the course around here lately. Despite the fact that a local construction crew had gone around our roads and trimmed back all the trees just a few months ago, this storm had no problem finding the vulnerable trees that could cause the most damage. In fact, we lost over a dozen limbs on the big pine tree right in front of our house.
Luckily, we have a generator that kicked right on, but that brought along it’s own issues. I won’t complain too much, lest we end up with more problems. Suffice it to say, after three full days with no power or cable/Internet, I was going stir crazy. Sure we had food and water and heat (we have a wood stove that keeps us cozy) and we were able to cook Thanksgiving dinner even though not all of our guests could make the trip. But without the TV or Internet, I was very bored.
We realized that the generator needed to be regulated once we started blowing light bulbs (five in all) and then the ignition sensor on the furnace went. We chose to keep the computers off, which meant my three days off to get the edits on my book done were out the window.
Of course, we could be Buffalo!
Then the snow came!
Then the sun came out!
It’s hard to see, but that’s the moon up there!
What do you do when there’s no power or cable? Take a nap in front of the wood stove, of course.