Thursday, January 29, 2009

Ice Storm



January is the worst winter month around here, and this week was the worst of this month. The ice storm we had would be minor to many, but it has been crippling around here. It started with snow on Monday night to be followed by freezing rain all day Tuesday that was followed by snow again Wednesday morning. Many trees and branches all over the state have been downed by accumulated ice, and so many people (actually about 500,000) have lost power, including my dad, my daughter, my son, and us, all for varying times. My dad and my son are still without power two days after losing it, but we got it back after 24 hours. Dad's house is not habitable without electricity, so he is staying with my sister, who only lost power for a matter of hours. Doug and Kellie and we were fortunate enough to have gas burners to help warm our space, so we got to stay put. We were in the dark, listening to a battery-powered radio, all of last evening, but our gas fireplace kept us toasty and warm. I must say I am glad to have lights and television and a computer available tonight!
Because we live in a new house, our trees are too small to have lost branches, so that's good. Also, our developer plowed our streets and driveways. However, as you can see, my baby weeping crabapple is now sobbing, bent clear to the ground. Everything in the yard has a thick coat of ice on it, and the weather is still very cold, so it's not melting. They are saying it may melt by the weekend, only to be followed possibly by a heavy accumulation of snow on Monday and Tuesday. Anyone would think it was winter around here, and as anybody who knows me knows-- I HATE WINTER! However, if I can hang in there through February, I will have a whole month on the beach in Florida, where I sincerely hope it will be warm. Life is good...
P.S. When checking this out, I noticed that the last picture is upside down, but it doesn't change the fact that the rain chain is coated with ice...

3 comments:

Susie said...

Looks freezing! So glad you had your gas fireplace to keep your toasty. That beach will be something to look forward to :)
xo

alissasanderson said...

We still don't have cable or internet, but I guess I won't complain since to do finally have power! We also have a steady stream of friends stopping by to shower :-)

I'll post photos as soon as I get my internet back up...you'll be happy to know that I've taken plenty.

Judy said...

Hi Nancy, Finally, I am back online and feel like I have been let out of a cage. Thank you for your kind comments and concern. The only ice I want to see again is in my refrigerator!