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HI EVERYONE!!!!

WOW!

We've had about 30 inches here, though the Dude is saying it's a bit less than that, maybe.

We have a snow blower, but it's been very slow going all day long. I've been shoveling around the house (once he made the first pass) because we kept getting about an inch an hour until late afternoon.

Weatherdude is pleased. A really well-forecasted storm.

We lost power at 10:15pm last night and didn't get it back until just after 4:30pm today. Oh, life in the country! But our neighbors had power so when we were able to connect to their snow-blown path, we sent Miss E over with her dvd player and DS to charge them up. We're almost ready to drive out by the end of today and that's major. I spent a lot of time trying to take the first inches off the snow so the blower would find it easier to do more in the area where we turn our cars around. My car is buried! But we'll work on that tomorrow. The chickens are fine, just cranky with no light in the coop. They don't do white stuff so even though I opened the hatch, I know they won't go outside. I was just trying to add light...if the light gets too low, they stop laying. Can't have that. A slight problem was finding they had very little water, but I melted some snow and now I've filled a can with water to take down there in the morning.

This is just like the storm we had 7 years ago in Feb...except for the losing power part. That time we didn't own anything but shovels and one of our neighbors hired someone with a front-end loader to dig us all out.

And here I am, happy that the power is on so I can brush my teeth and flush my toilet (no well water without electricity, city-slickers). My hair is all over the place from getting snowed on most of the day.

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affinity8
Feb. 6th, 2010 11:18 pm (UTC)
Sounds like a lotta snow!

Happy Teeth-Brushing and Toilet-Flushing to you :-)
birdhousefrog
Feb. 7th, 2010 03:04 am (UTC)
Makes you happy you're in Florida, right? Every time you have a hurricane, it makes me happy I'm no longer in Florida! But power outages! Oh my! We're so tied to the modern life.
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birdhousefrog
Feb. 7th, 2010 03:05 am (UTC)
The Dude has left the light on in the barn tonight, though he's shut the hatch for safety. He also gave them more water. We don't want their egg production decreasing, not when we've made it through the solstice keeping light levels carefully at 12 hours a day!
rolanni
Feb. 7th, 2010 12:01 am (UTC)
Yay! for the electricity being on!

Stay warm and safe.
birdhousefrog
Feb. 7th, 2010 03:06 am (UTC)
It's all relative, isn't it? Here we are with one big whammy and Maine has been hammered all winter this year. But I guess the skiing is good? Not that I'm a skier, but there has to be *some* good out of all this snow!
rolanni
Feb. 7th, 2010 12:57 pm (UTC)
Actually, we haven't had that much snow, by Maine standards. Y'all down there and Charlie over in Scotland got our winter this year. It's very disappointing.
tcastleb
Feb. 7th, 2010 12:14 am (UTC)
I iz at Beyond Bread guzzlin root beer an lookin at dees mountins that no has sno. Ha ha ha. You iz funny lookin.
dancinghorse
Feb. 7th, 2010 01:50 am (UTC)
That white stuff up top there? Hate to break it to you, badspellingkid, but that's snow.
tcastleb
Feb. 7th, 2010 03:02 am (UTC)
Not the ones I was looking at. The ones to the, um, north. At least, not the parts I could see from the window.
birdhousefrog
Feb. 7th, 2010 03:08 am (UTC)
wow. root beer. not on the list of things I can have any more. I love root beer. And root beer floats. I'm very funny looking. I couldn't resist taking a photo of it, I looked so bag ladyish.
scottedelman
Feb. 7th, 2010 12:40 am (UTC)
Glad to hear you're not in the dark. Our power was out from 2:00 a.m. until 5:30 p.m., and we also got 30 inches.
birdhousefrog
Feb. 7th, 2010 02:56 am (UTC)
So what's your method for clearing the snow and how long is your driveway? Ours is 1/4 mile to the part the neighbors plowed.

And do you have a generator? I think this is the first time I've seriously wondered if we should have one for at least the well pump and septic.

Very glad to hear you guys are doing fine, too. I wasn't sure if you would get as much being a bit further west.
scottedelman
Feb. 7th, 2010 03:52 am (UTC)
Our neighbors with the snowblower have said that as soon as a plow clear the road between their driveway and ours, they'll be over. So we've got that going for us.

As for the generator, it would be nice to have, and we've certainly investigated it before. But somehow, a generator seems like a luxury. As I said to Irene while we were eating lunch, if someone came us and said, if you pay me $5,000 right now, you can have your power back, I'd say, you know, I can put up with this a little while longer ...

If we had the spare $$$$ to install a generator, we'd always think of a new place to travel first!
birdhousefrog
Feb. 7th, 2010 03:58 am (UTC)
Yes, that's been our thinking. Anywhere from $5k to higher depending on what it does and how many electrical thingies you want power for. The price tag has stopped us every time. It's not that we travel somewhere else (we don't), it's that it's only useful once a year, at most. We have several power outages, but they're mere annoyances most of the time. But when one like this happens that could last longer because only some of us are out, it looks more appealing. Still, we like our neighbors well enough to go camp on them for power when they have it and we don't.
karen_w_newton
Feb. 7th, 2010 01:05 am (UTC)
>Weatherdude is pleased. A really well-forecasted storm.

I'm glad SOMEONE was happy. We think we got 28 inches, at least. I am beginning to understand why people move to Florida.

Glad the power is back, too. Our was only out a few hours overnight.
Snowed in with power = inconvenience, touch of cabin fever
Snowed in with NO power = discomfort, hunger, general suffering


Edited at 2010-02-07 01:05 am (UTC)
birdhousefrog
Feb. 7th, 2010 02:57 am (UTC)
He really is happy, especially after the last storm was much trickier to predict. You know, the one that was supposed to be no more than an inch last week.

Take it easy and enjoy the cabin fever, for now at least.
scottedelman
Feb. 7th, 2010 03:54 am (UTC)
Funny thing is, Karen, I don't tend to get cabin fever, since I usually only leave the property once a week, two at the most.
birdhousefrog
Feb. 7th, 2010 04:00 am (UTC)
Ditto here. I leave it more than once a week, but I don't go very far and I'd stay put if I didn't have to take Miss E places.
dawtheminstrel
Feb. 7th, 2010 01:37 am (UTC)
Glad your power is back. Astonishing how primitive life is without it.
birdhousefrog
Feb. 7th, 2010 03:02 am (UTC)
We sort of get into it, The Dude and I, though Miss E thinks it's for the birds. But I was surprised when the power came back on at how cold I was. I guess I hadn't noticed when everything around me was cold too. I stood in front of the woodstove (with fan now working) for ages and wanted hot tea.
dancinghorse
Feb. 7th, 2010 01:48 am (UTC)
It's alive! I'm glad you survived, nobody ate anybody, and the Dude is pleased. Weatherdudes love them some nice weatherdrama.
birdhousefrog
Feb. 7th, 2010 03:01 am (UTC)
We were worried for a while that some kittens might disappear. No one was going outside today, so little cats were acting like nuts and big cats were Very Annoyed by little cats.

You really pegged it. They love weatherdrama, especially when the models get it right so far in advance. Sort of like that line "I love it when a plan comes together."

More digging tomorrow! Hope your mud is getting better.
klingonguy
Feb. 7th, 2010 05:53 am (UTC)
Weather prognostication was less accurate here in Blue Bell. The forecast claimed snowfall until 7pm. In fact, it stopped around 2pm. Not long after the plow came by and dug out the driveway and we were spared having to eat the dogs for food.

Alas, the post office decided not to deliver to us today, which has me cranky and apparently unable to sleep.
birdhousefrog
Feb. 7th, 2010 12:36 pm (UTC)
I was looking at your numbers last night and it definitely seemed that the storm was on the eastern side of your area. This morning I'm hearing that Philly proper had about 30 inches. As it went north, the storm was moving out to sea. I believe the storm was well predicted in your area as well, but the public information was clearly less than desired if you felt it wasn't. Weatherdude is working on public perception and information dissemination these days. Here, they briefed emergency managers and the governor declared a state of emergency almost 24 hours before it even started. Unheard of. From the time it was a mere disturbance, all the models agreed that this storm would be big and where the 'sweet spot' would be. After that, it was a question of refining the amounts, which is something they can't do several days out. (Weatherdude had me prepared for at least 20 inches about 5 days in advance, he was so confident of the model output.) This is in comparison to the prior storm which was only suppposed to drop an inch and dropped a good 5 inches in most places.
ex_triciasu
Feb. 7th, 2010 01:03 pm (UTC)
'Weatherdude is pleased. A really well-forecasted storm.'

Sorry, but ROFLMAO at that. Very sweet.

I love the photo of you!
birdhousefrog
Feb. 7th, 2010 03:52 pm (UTC)
Very happy to have put a smile on your face, let alone laughter! It's really something. He wants to go out and get some photos...the sky is blue, the sun is out, it's shiny gorgeous beautiful and we're almost dug out enough to drive.
deliasherman
Feb. 7th, 2010 03:44 pm (UTC)
We had a storm forecasted in NYC for yesterday, and had planned a cosy snow day with bean soup and bread and curling up on the sofa. And we got bupkus. Not a flake. Made me almost nostalgic for Boston, power outages, shoveling out a corner lot, and all--the operative word here being "almost".

Did do the bean soup and bread anyway, though. And the curling up on the sofa.
birdhousefrog
Feb. 7th, 2010 03:50 pm (UTC)
He said it headed almost due east. And Weatherdude wasn't predicting anything to hit New England, I asked him specifically. (I hadn't asked about NYC.) So I wonder what was up with that? As I remarked above, he's changed jobs and is now more involved with how NWS interfaces with the public from its offices. But this is all 'eastern region' so one would hope they could do something that is coordinated in terms of how warnings are issued.

He'll be interested to see your comment. I'm interested in bean soup, bread, and curling up on the sofa. With power. :D
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