So my last post was about ten days or so ago. When I said first snow, wow… that was really the understatement of the year. What was forcasted as 6 inches for my area ended up being 18 in my town. And because the trees still had their leaves on them… the damage was massive.
I’ve never seen a snowstorm like that this early. And I hope I never do again, especially with green leaves still up in the air. The weight of the snow on the branches was just too much and they came down. It was the creepiest thing. The sound outside was typical just after snow: not a sound could be heard, and even passing cars were muffled by the insulated air.
But the branches breaking cracked loudly in the air. Snap! Crash! A minute would go by, then another Snap! Crash! I went outside and looked down the street to a friend’s house and half her tree was lying across the road. I ran down to see how she was doing and as we stood outside talking, Snap! Crash! from her backyard. Everyone had to stay clear of the trees because they just kept coming down! No one knew where the next would be or where it would land!
Can you see the vehicles under that mess?
The first that fell on my Camaro landed hard and I cried. Then another on my 4Runner. One fell in front of our house and grazed it, sliding down the front windows. We screamed, thinking it was going to crash through. My cat bolted from the room, her tail puffed, ears flat, and eyes wide. There was nothing we could do. Absolutely nothing.
We were lucky because we didn’t lose power until later that night. But once it was out, that was it. We thought it would come back the next day, but boy were we wrong. Nearly four days with no power. It ended up coming back late Tuesday night, and by then I was DESPERATE for a hot shower. It’s amazing what you miss when you don’t have it. Forget TV or the internet. I just wanted warmth: warm food, hot water to get clean, and heat.
After the power went out, we went to bed. Or should I say we tried to. Every time we heard the Snap! Crash! we bolted from our beds to see what was hit next. At some point I was too exhausted to care anymore. After all, the damage was already done. What more could I do? I couldn’t very well go out there and stop branches from falling without risking injury to myself. When I woke up the next morning, my cars were even more covered; you could hardly see them! It looked like a warzone outside! Power lines were down everywhere. Branches, trees littered the ground and road. Roads were blocked and detours were everywhere. It was crazy.
Even more insane was school. It was shut down for an entire week because of it. The school I teach at didn’t have power until that Friday. Sadly we have to make those days up, and because of the length of time, we are already out of snow days. And it’s only November 9th!! This does not bode well for the rest of the winter.
I didn’t read much, but I did do some knitting, crocheting, stamp carving, and letterbox planting. I did a puzzle by flashlight. My family spent time together in the same room for warmth, company, and the one light we had going by generator.
When the power went back on, we heard that faint beep of the phone as if it was put back on its base, and we screamed (again) and ran around the house turning on every light we could JUST BECAUSE we could. And within half an hour I took a very long, very hot shower.