What a Difference a Few Hours Make

Snow Tablesnow deck tree 

This is the table in the earlier photo. As you can see, we got a little snow – and this was before the snow was done! I heard they thought we officially got 10", but we got at least a foot. Look at the grill and tell me that is 10". Nope. Not in my book. I don't know if you can tell in the last photo, but it is a picture of our deck that sticks out the back over the creek. Our daughter says it looks like a boat dock without the lake. Or the boat. At any rate, if you look closely, you can see the umbrella sticking up that's on the table on the end of the deck. Next to it, and slightly up, you can see where the tree broke off and fell onto our deck. Yes, that mess is the tree. Laying on the deck. We don't think it did any damage, but guess we won't know until the snow, ice, and tree are gone. As you can see, the sun is shining brightly at the moment.

Today because of the sun it's been melting like crazy, big chunks of ice and snow crashing down off the roof making the dogs go nuts barking and carrying on. They haven't got any idea what all the noise is, but it isn't supposed to be there.

We were lucky and although had a few blips, we didn't lose power – we think due to the fact they put up new power lines along our road about a year ago and we're only half a mile from a substation. The neighbors to the south lost it as well as our son who lives about 2 miles northeast. His came back, but not in full and the furnace was damaged by the power outage somehow. They're getting it repaired today, but still only have half power. We tried to get them to come stay with us, but they're stubborn and are home with their critters.

I can't blame them. I remember the only time we ever left home was when the kids were really small and there was a terrible ice storm and our power went out for a couple of days. We went to stay with my in-laws who had a generator. It was a hassle, but at the time was nice. I think if we'd not had the kids we probably would have toughed it out, though. Just that anti-social tendency, I guess.

Although we didn't lose power we did lose the internet. Because we have satellite internet, it's hit-or-miss when the weather gets bad. We were lucky it didn't go out right away. I think it took the snow getting in just the right place to stop it… and then it had to melt off before we got it back. Lucky for Hubs, the satellite TV didn't go out, too!

Did I mention the forecasters are saying it could do this again? Yup. As early as Thursday.

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4 thoughts on “What a Difference a Few Hours Make”

  1. You’re like me, using the patio table/deck to gauge the snowfall. I have a few pictures in my camera of the snow on our patio table. Over a foot of snow on it, as far as I could tell.

  2. Wow – that’s a lot of snow! Glad to hear you kept power, and hope your beautiful deck has no damage. How do you have “half power”? I never heard of that before, here we either have power or we don’t.

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