Friday, February 12, 2010

It wasn't pretty

I knew it wasn’t going to be pretty and it wasn’t. Another 20 inches of snow fell on Wednesday on top of the 25-27 inches I’d gotten three days before. The wind blew at 30-40 mph, and most of Wednesday afternoon was a total whiteout. I didn’t lose power, amazingly, so that was a good thing.

The governor closed all the roads, including the interstates, even going so far as to plow the on-ramps shut to keep people off the roads.

When the snow finally stopped, well, there was a lot of snow. How much snow is there? Whenever an experienced driver can get his front-end loader stuck in it, you know there’s a lot of snow. That’s what today’s photo is. Good neighbor Larry getting the front-end loader stuck in my driveway.

But it could have been worse. Even the chickens did okay and my little angels continued to lay eggs during the blizzard. I guess you can’t keep a good chicken down. Baby Dog is still having trouble figuring out how to do her business in this much snow. She bounded into the snow on Thursday and immediately sunk over her head. It was hysterical watching her trying to extricate herself. Dog has figured out that if he “swims” in the snow he can get around well enough.

The roads are still drifting shut periodically, which is why the kids are still off school. The roads are in good shape if they aren’t drifting closed. The snow piles are huge. In today’s second photo, the undrifted snow is nearly deeper than my snow shovel. At least, I think that’s undrifted snow. You can’t really tell.

The birds fed like crazy throughout the storm. I had over 30 juncos on the deck at one point. I still haven’t seen any unusual species, but the Carolina wrens, or at least one of them, made it through this storm, too.

I ready to not have any new snow for a while—at least a week without new snow would be nice.


Woodswalker said...

Sure wish you could send some of that snow to northern NY. In many places, our ground is bare. I'm glad you and the chickens and dogs made out OK. How about posting some photos of dogs and chicks?

The-Grizzled-But-Still-Incorrigible-Scribe-Himself! said...

That's just an amazing amount of snow to have to deal with—and I can understand why you'd be tired of doing so and ready for a snowless week. It sure puts our snow to shame, though plenty of folks hereabouts are convinced this may be the end of the world.

I think it's funny how your dogs are coping, or not, in Baby Dog's case. I don't know how my old pup would react; she's never been in such snow, although I have seen her bull her way through a few drifts that were over her head.

Are your chickens coming outside, or staying in the coop?

Carolyn H said...

Woodswalker: I'd be glad to send you 20 inches or so of my snow. I'd be glad to post photos of dogs and chicks, but you'll have to wait until after the weekend. It's not really light enough in the evening or morning to get good photos of them.

Carolyn h.

Carolyn H said...

Griz: Here, the snowstorms have been called snowzilla, snowmaggedon, snowpocalpse--and more than a few things I can't print.

The chickens are outside in a pen with plywood around the sides and a tarp on top. Their pen stayed snowless, except for a tiny corner or two. They don't really like the snow and will only walk on it long enough to get to the dirt under the house.

Carolyn h.

Cathy said...

You survived, I was thinking about you since Wednesday.

And yes, we don't need anymore snow. I got about 10 inches and 8 miles away, they only got 6. I'm also at the point, I looking for spring. Yea,got a ways to go.

Looking forward to some shots of your animals.

Cicero Sings said...

Wow, wow and wow.

Had to laugh at the mental picture of baby dog in over his ears. Mingus likes a nice bare spot to poo in so I can imagine his dilemma.

Glad your chickens did okay and kept right on producing. It was a good and wonderful thing that your power stayed on is all I can say.

Our snow is almost all gone and we desperately need the stuff. D looked at the seasonal forecasts and it doesn't look good for us. Drier than usual right up until and including next winter. One can only hope they are wrong.

Have fun shoveling!

squirrel said...

Hey, Yes I think we do have the same porch except mine is on the second level like being in a tree house. I ended up with 31 inches of snow the first go and then another 8-9 the second round and now I think we are getting another inch or two today. I got very dehydrated shoveling it all so be sure to drink plenty of liquids.

Next will come lots and lots of water and high streams and rivers but we sure did need the water. I've enjoyed your post. Take care.