Monday, February 23, 2009

Blizzard


On Saturday the weather forecasters started warning of a big storm on Sunday. They were predicting that it would start at 1 p.m. and when it didn't, we threw up our hands and assumed that the alarmist weather prognosticators were wrong again.

About the time that Kate Winslet was looking beautiful on the red carpet, the first flakes were starting to fall.

At 1 a.m., I woke with a start realizing that everything was much too dark and much too silent. I got up and came downstairs and found Archie and Brent stoking up the fire and trying to find a non-electric alarm to wake Brent up at 4:15 to get to his job at the log yard behind our house. I gave him a flashlight and an alarm and then settled in on the couch to feed the fire and see the night through. For those of you familiar with the cast of characters in my life Brent is a friend of Archie's and the latest young person to share our home for a spell.

By the time that the power came back, I could see the snow piled up on my kitchen window bird feeder and realized this was a monster storm--20 inches for us. As I write, I see Brent walking up the driveway, I guess it was too much snow for the log yard to operate.

Did someone mention daffodils, returning red-winged blackbirds and salamanders? It hardly seems possible.

11 comments:

egretsnest said...

That's a lot of snow no matter where you are! Wow! We don't have daffodils yet here in my neighborhood but the quince is blooming! Spring will come again!

Katie said...

I start to wonder about the grass and daffodils in April/May. Grass is a such a wonderful thing that I take for granted during the long days of summer...
But in February it's like an image on a faraway horizon...Never mind right now, or I might lose my mind...in a sea of white powder.(We could barely open doors this morning!)

Kallen305 said...

What a lot of snow to fall at one time! I am glad you have your power back on!

Sharon said...

Beautiful pictures, Beth! Nothin' like a late February snow storm. I hope you can enjoy a stay-near-home snow day yourself ;) We still have a bit of our last snow on the ground (a mere 3-incher here). Blessings on your week,

Carey's Corner said...

I truly believe it takes a hardy people to endure this much snow every year. I guess the same could be said of our oppressive heat. Hang in there, Spring is on the way.

beth said...

and I thought our 6 inches the other night was way too much for this time of year....

and even though I really don't like winter and I really don't like snow....a big snow storm like what you just had, always has some kind of magic behind it !!!

Mary said...

Twenty inches kept us inside for three days. It's too much!

The nightly news featured your storm.

I'm wishing you daffodils.

Mary

Jayne said...

Holy Moley Beth! Dang, but that's a lot of snow. Glad the power came back on fairly quickly. Keep warm! XOXO

Vickie said...

What a major dose of snow. I casn feel the silence through the photos. So glad you had a fireplace to keep you warm.

bookbabie said...

Yikes, we only got about 4 inches out of that one. Hope you dig out soon:)

RuthieJ said...

Holy Crap Beth! You guys got hammered! I'm behind in my blogging and missed all the news last weekend, so yours are the first pictures and stories I've seen. I hope everything's getting back to normal now.