Sunday, November 20, 2011

What the snow was actually like...

It's funny. I had a lot of friends (many in warmer climes) comment to me during and after the virtual blackout here in CT at the beginning of the month, "But Meg, you guys got like 7 or 8 feet of snow last winter. Why was this storm so bad?"

True, this past January was snowy as a mofo--one of the snowiest I remember, and I've lived in CT for most of my 34 years.

But we've never (to my recollection) gotten 8" of very heavy, wet snow while all the trees still had their leaves. Think of it this way--hold your hand up, fingers splayed, and pour sand into your hand. Your palm will hold some, but most will trickle between your fingers, right? Now close your fingers and pour the same amount of sand, only have that sand be wet.

Different story, yes?

Three weeks after the storm, we're still clearing branches. Everyone finally has power back. But there are few things more miserable than going to bed fully clothed (leggings, socks (i hate sleeping in socks--hate it!), long sleeved shirt, hoodie with the hood pulled up) with every blanket in the house on the bed, and still shivering yourself to sleep. A few mornings, we could see our breath when we got up, and it hovered right around the freezing mark INSIDE. I have never been so thankful as the moment we got power back--the madman and I were actually rather damp-eyed with relief. Eight days was a long and very frustrating stretch--it's no surprise to anyone in the area that the CEO of the power company resigned/was forced out this past week.

So thank you for your patience! I've been 8 days behind in my general life here, and am slowly gaining on it. All of the last giveaway prizes were mailed a week ago, so they should be showing up in their new homes shortly. And I've been working like a fool with every spare second to get caught up on my to-do list (not to mention I'm feeding 13 people for Thanksgiving this week, and um, let's just say I'm much more laid-back this time around.).

Photos and posts of all my sewing shenanigans will be forthcoming!

And so I leave you with some pictures of what life looked like the day of/morning after the storm.


And after (please note that the flattened bush to the left of the driveway is normally a 10" tall tree...):

Stay warm!


Holly said...

Glad to hear that life is returning to "normal". I think that people who don't live with snow don't get that there are different types of snow! It's terrible to have so much of that heavy early snow...although it looks deceptively beautiful in your pictures.

Happy American Thanksgiving! Enjoy dinner with your big crowd.

Thanks for sending the prizes out in the midst of weather chaos!

WoolenSails said...

Looks good, as long as it is in your backyard, lol.


Megan said...

Gah, I can't even imagine. I'm so glad to hear y'all are back in business. Good luck pulling together Thanksgiving food! I got my book in the mail last night, and I Love Love Love it - THANKS so much!

quilary said...

I can feel myself shivering as you describe what you had to wear just to keep warm! Hope you enjoy Thanksgiving

Vesuviusmama said...

8 days with no power? Yikes! And I abhor being cold - I don't think I'd have survived. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!