Saturday, February 5, 2011

Snow, Ice, blah blah blah

We have been having quite a lovely week here in the Land of Snow and Ice. The temperatures have warmed up to just below freezing. The snow is falling ever so gently onto the already snow-covered land, and the ice-covered driveway. Ice cicles are hanging like daggers off the snow and ice covered gutters. Large, ice covered tree branches are littering the yard. And, now those lovely little snowflakes are suddenly getting larger. And heavier. And denser. 


I've heard rumors that another storm is on its way. That crazy groundhog was said to have not seen his shadow. So, I was expecting melting snow, not more snow. I think he's lying!

We had a lovely ice storm on Tuesday. We had bought a generator for those rare occasions when we might lose electricity. (Back in '05 we were without electricity for an entire week!)  Hubby had just returned from the gas station with gas for the generator. He said, "If we don't lose electricity tonight, it will be a miracle." So, we started locating all the candles, matches, flashlights, and extensions cords (for the generator), just in case. 

I started making a batch of popcorn. (I don't know why, but we always want to make popcorn when the lights are out. I guess we think we're going to the movies!) I put the pan on the stove. The lights flickered once. The lights flickered twice. Total darkness. No popcorn!

It did give me an opportunity to play around with my camera:

We didn't rush right out to start the generator, because it was getting late. We had a gas stove (not the cooking kind) for heat. Amazing Daughter made her bed on the couch, and we used the generator long enough to get air in our lovely air mattress. We stayed roasty-toasty all through the night.

In the morning, still no electricity. We heard that the transformer exploded and burst into flames, so we figured it would be a while until the electric came back on. Hubby got the generator going, and we started unraveling extension cords and plugging in the freezer, fridge, and most importantly, the coffee maker!

Hubby gave me special instructions to "Look down" when I'm walking, because I have a tendancy to forget about things, and he didn't want to be scraping me off the floor. 

All in all, we weathered the storm pretty well. The electricity was off for 17 hours, which seemed like a walk in the park compared to a week. 

As I look back out my window, I see that the snow has stopped. At least for now. I think I see a robin hiding in the bush. Even though I now know that those little critters stay here year round, I still look at them and say, "Spring is just around the corner!"


  1. Eeek! This reminds me of the horrendous snow we had at the end of last year. It was absolutely awful and knocked our electricity off. We don't have a generator but I could have done with one. What did people do before electricity?!

    Have a great weekend.

  2. I'm visiting from the blog hop and can relate to several things you wrote in your About Me blurb as far as being Conservative, concerned over the direction of the country, and having a deep faith in Christ. I teach at a Christian school, and on my blog, I post devotionals, reviews of Christian books, and giveaways.

    I'd love to have you visit and even join our Christian fiction book club for February (details here: Blessings!

  3. Cute Blog! I’m a new follower Happy Saturday!! I would love for you to stop and take a look at my blog as well! Thanks!

  4. Hi.
    I'm stopping by via the Saturday hops to say hello. Stop on by if you are able to.
    Have a great Saturday!

  5. Yeah, enough with these snow storms already. We are in the middle of a storm right now here in Sweden. But fortunately just with rain. A bit of a relief anyway.

    Thank you for dropping by my blog I now your latest follower. :-)

  6. Crazy! Glad your electricity wasn't out for a week this time... shucks on the popcorn.
    I'm following from the weekend blog hop and I'd love for you to stop by and check out my blog sometime. Have a great weekend!

    Heather From and Mommy Only Has Two Hands! and Lynhea Designs

  7. What a guy running out for gas just in time. Glad that y'all stayed warm. Definitely a winter to remember. Stay safe.

  8. Found you on a blog hop. Snow is pretty but I don't like it...

    New Follower ~ Tasha


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