Home Alone for the Big One of ’09

It’s beautiful–what I can see well before first light. The dog wanted out first thing, and I discovered the snow is up to the tops of my hightop Muck Boots. I’ll have to find the sock tops I used to use as “gaiters” back when it used to snow in winter. It has snowed in the winter of ’09.

The snow shovel is over in the barn; that will be an interesting trudge across the snow-covered ice on Goose Creek to get there and back.

I forgot what I used to remember before storms like this one–to back the car up away from the road, headed out the Allegheny way. As it is, when the snow plow finally comes, it will throw snow up against the side of the car, parked at the edge of the road facing the wrong way.

We may have a foot.  And it’s a wet snow, with winds expected up over 40 mph later on. This one will be with us making life hard for a few days.

And Ann is snowed in at work, thinking before she wakes up this morning that she’ll be home by mid-morning. Not gonna happen. I’d be surprised if she gets home all day, which will mean a second night in the empty hospital room they let her use last night. Today was supposed to be her day off. Some way to spend it.

And the beauty of an event like this is not the same alone. Even so, maybe I’ll get out and get some pictures later on.

The power is likely to go off before the day is far along, so I’m eating breakfast early, have two big pots of fresh water just in case, one cold and one heating on the woodstove. It’s going to be a different kind of day.

4 thoughts on “Home Alone for the Big One of ’09”

  1. Here in northcentral Pennsylvania, we’re supposed to miss this storm but as I look out, the snow is swirling, the wind is howling and I can’t see the hill behind the house. Stay warm!

  2. You are lucky, though! Here in Chattanooga, it went all around us!! We wanted some snow!

    Take pictures and post them so that I can see what the snow looks like! Stay warm and dry.

  3. YEP, SNOWED HERE IN GREENSBORO ALSO. BEAUTIFUL WHITE STUFF, THE TREES ARE BEAUTIFUL, ESPECIALLY AS THE SUN HITS THEM.

    NO POWER, BUT WE HAVE GAS LOGS, AND GAS WATER HEATER. BURN A FEW CANDLES FOR LIGHT, AND WE HAD IT MADE.

    HAD NOT CLEANED THAT MUCH SNOW OFF MY CAR IN QUITE SOME TIME. BROUGHT THE WIFE INTO WORK ALSO.

    KID IS VERY EXCITED SCHOOL IS CLOSED…

    TAKE CARE

    MARK

  4. Sorry your honey isn’t able to spend the day with you Fred. Glad I read your post today – you reminded me that I have gaiters and they were not out in the garage with the other camping gear they were with my Sorel snow boots in a box in the closet. My snow shovel was right outside the door – the side door where the drifted snow made it impossible to open the storm door so I had to use the front door. Found that the gate latch to the side porch was frozen solid and slogged thru thigh high drifts in little garden patch to reach the show shovel. On to the garage to get feed for the horses and goat and then a long slow trek, shoveling as I went, to get down to the barn. The horses watched me and voiced their displeasure at my slow pace. I was envious of how easily those long legged critters ran through even the deepest drifts out in the pasture as they headed in to eat.

    By the time I headed back up to the house my earlier footprints had been almost completely filled in by the wind blown snow. The shovel is now on the covered front porch with the firewood.

    Give Tsuga an extra treat for me.

    Rigel

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