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Sunday, March 29, 2009

Sunday Special

My husband's boss called Friday night and told him that the shop would be closed on Saturday. Good thing it was, we are stuck here on the homestead.

We got 6" of snow. First we got 1" of snow, than about 2-3" of sleet on top of it. Then came the rest of the snow. We lost power Friday night/Saturday morning. Not sure how long power was out. I wondered through the dark house with just a small candle and turned the stove on, and made sure that the children had blankets covering them. I was asked if we kept warm in the mobile home. It does get chilly in here. The age of this house doesn't help, and it is not up to any code that means it is better for it to be here, than in Florida. We went to bed in complete darkness and the power came back on in the sunlight.

Our main road out is blocked due to power poles, not just lines, down in the road. Our two side roaads are impassable unless you have a large truck and four wheel drive. My husband tried to make it into ton yesterday, he informed me that it was possible, but a tad scary.
Here is a picture of the wind blown ice wrapped around one of our small ash trees. We had to climb over the gates to get to the livestock, the gates are frozen shut as well as have medium sized snow banks pushed up against them.

11 comments:

Cygnus MacLlyr said...

Sometime I really, really like the south...

Hope all get through safe and sound.

Shelley said...

Ya know - my eyes have been opened. I really thought there was no negatives about living in the norther US. Especially after we went through hurricane Ike (which thankfully we only sustained powerloss for 2 weeks and a few shingles missing). I enjoyed our "snow" we had this year and thought for sure we needed to move north!
But the more I see about these snow storms - the more I realize that no matter where you live there are going to be natural disasters to worry about. For yall not only do you have the driving conditions but possibility of cave-ins and entrapment. Scary stuff!

Gail said...

I am glad the spring flowers are blooming here but we did have a few flakes of snow last night.

The Fool said...

Cool photo. The ice on the trees looks like cellophane wrapping. Hang in there, Phelan...best to you and yours.

granny said...

I cannot imagine living in such a cold place!The ice wrapped around the tree was amazing,I had no idea that happens.And this is your spring?? wow !! Thanks for the great blog,I enjoy reading blogs from different parts of the world,seeing how other people live.So when does it actually start to warm up there?

Amanda said...

I think you kept some of the worst of it. We started with several inches of rain, followed by the ice, and 4 inches of snow. Only lost power for 6 hours Sat night. Plenty of tree damage, some barn roof damage, but all in all not to bad in SE Kansas!

Irma said...

I hear you, we just got walloped with more snow the other day (Eastern Canada). I can't wait for all this foolishness to be over.

Melonie said...

That tree picture is amazing but I have no urge to trade you right now. I'm "cold blooded" anyway, so living where I am is finally thawing me out a little. Hope y'all keep warm and safe!

abbagirl74 said...

Glad you made it through okay.

P~ said...

You don't know how long the power was out? I hope it was at least an hour for the "earth hour"...
Ok,OK, just kidding...Glad you all are doing alright. We had a doosey of a storm today as a matter of face. Didn't lose power, but hundeds of others did.

Take care freind.
P~

Phelan said...

Cygnus, Sometimes I think Iwould like to go south, but then again, I like winter, and I do enjoy the cold spells.

Shelley, winter is rather mild compared to the northern states, here, We go through all the seasons. I am not too worried about a cave-in. Our snow loads rarely get that heavy. When you live in a rural area, you do get trapped at home at times. We don't have enough trees yet to protect us here. We have planted many, but they are still rather young. If you enjoyed the snow you did get, there is nothing wrong with wanting more of it. There are states that get moderate winter's and summers that you can go to. But the natural disasters come in different forms in every state.

Gail, my daffodils, tulips, irises and dandelions are blooming. Of course this stunted them a bit.

The Fool, we are, you too.

Granny, thank you. Our last frost date is mid April/ We rarely get storms like this so late in the year. Usually February is our last snow. We should hit 100F temps in late May early June.

Amanda, glad to have helped you out ;). We aren't too far from Hutch, but we managed to avoid the 30 inches they received.

Irma, ugh, sometimes it feels it will never stop. I like it for a few months, but this. . .

Melonie, don't blame you.

Abba, you too!

P~ Well as I see it, if they have an earth hour every year from this day out, I am covered for a while. We can go days without power any here. I think this round we were out for 4-6 hours.

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