Below are two photo's of Carol shoveling to get to the wood shed just to get wood. We woke up this morning to 14-15" of snow. For all our friends back East and up North who think their winter has been rough, this snow here is cause for concern but not alarm. Snow is coming down at the rate of an inch per hour, and the National Weather forecast predicts snow for the next two days with the bulk of the storm Monday and Tuesday. We just cleared 18" of snow yesterday. So this could end up dumping in a single storm 5 or more feet on us. We have dealt with it in years past and will deal with it this time too.
Here is what we can count on. The power will go out soon which is why I'm writing this now. With the loss of power, nothing works including the water pump. We can anticipate that the power will be off for 5 days or longer. No phones, no internet, no lights, no toilet flush, no tap water, no block heater for the tractor to start, no heat in the basement to keep the water pipes from freezing, no, no, no etc. Especially no super bowl or TV or news. When the Kindle reader battery runs down, no way to charge it up.
Cook with our propane stove and try not to open the freezer or refrigerator unless totally necessary.
No need to clear the snow because it may be days before the snow removal equipment can be put into operation. So we just sit back, read, play with the dogs, shovel where we can and wait it out. Not unusual for us at all and the only time we get alarmed is when it gets over 5' deep.
The below two photo's show the snow still coming down. We now have enough on the ground to completely cover my 'beware of global warming' sign. The bottom photo is the deck right after it has been shoveled off so the birds could be fed. It is also wise to keep less than 18' on the deck when the snow is heavy like this one is so the deck doesn't collapse or incur damage from the weight of the snow.
So we have now shoveled the deck, the board walk, a path to the woodshed, the steps, an area for the dogs to go potty and it is almost time to attend on line church. Hopefully the electricity will stay on long enough for worship time. So if you don't hear from us for a few days or longer, don't worry, we are just hunkered down waiting for the power to be restored. Unfortunately the power lines over the mountains are above ground and sometimes the utility crews have to rent or borrow a snow cat just to get to the area to fix the lines. The best scenario would be that the power remains on and doesn't go out but that would be a first. We consider this normal and expected each year, but if this happened in the city, they would be declaring it a disaster, putting a cute name on it, and calling out the National Guard. We just consider it a chance to catch up on our reading, rest and do some serious shoveling. I forgot to mention that the temperature outside is 14 degrees and the wind is blowing. Need to go brush my teeth and clean up while I can, but wanted others to see how we cope with the worst Mother Nature throws at us.