Well, you know what they say. When life gives you a damn blizzard, break out the Champagne-O-Meter!
The snow started at 11 in the morning…
…and it lasted all damn day. This (above) gave me the only laugh I had the whole time, to see the Champagne-O-Meter sporting its jaunty Blizzard Chapeau.
But by the next morning, I wasn’t laughing anymore. We got a lot of snow, heavy, wet, relentless snow. We lost power at 4:30, got half of it back by 7, and there was much more damage from the blizzard than from the hurricane. NOTE: I refuse to call this blizzard a Nor’easter because I never heard of any damn “Nor’easter” while I was growing up in the damn Nor’east…I only started hearing about “Nor’easters” in the mid-1990s when weather forecasters started using it to jazz up their TV news spots. I loathe the word “Nor’easter”. So I’m going to call this episode of snow and wind Buster.
Anyhoo…here’s how much trouble Buster gave us (I took these pictures from inside the house, looking out the den picture window):
I don’t usually get a tree-top view from the first-floor kitchen window. And the view from the little window in the mud room usually gives me a clear look all the way to the backyard fence:
But today the view is blocked by our lovely Japanese dogwood tree that normally shades our patio but today is leaning against the back of the house. The tree didn’t fall down, it just bent waaaaaaay over (but our little rhody, still propped up from our rescue last week after Sandy, is still standing!).
The problem is that the trees still have lots of leaves on them, which made them so very heavy when they got eight inches of snow dumped on them. Oh, sure, it’s kind of pretty…
…but it’s scary, too.
This here is the tree that really has me worried:
We’re counting on our little backyard shed to break the fall when this maple tree comes crashing down towards our house. Looks to me like it’ll take out the roof above the guest room, maybe wipe out the guest bathroom too, when it tires of teasing us with its hulking presence creeping closer and closer, and says WTF, I’ll Just Go Boom..
Good thing I have a whole bottle of Buster-chilled champagne. Not for consolation or anything. Not to celebrate the prediction of 65 degrees on Sunday (48 hours from now!). Not for liquid patience during internet outages (this post has taken me five hours to do, in ten minute intervals, as our juice fades in and out). Not even to drink (at least not right away).
It’s just always good to have a bottle of champagne in the snowdrift in the backyard.
I can’t tell you how heartening it’s been to receive your wonderful messages of concern. And as soon as life returns to normal I will catch you all up on recent paintings, new brainwaves, the latest possum sightings, and my high-fashion finds. And of course I will announce the winners of the Great Fall Leaf giveaway (which is way over due).
Until then, I’m counting my blessings (303 of them, last count) and feeling lots of love especially for the voters in Maine, Maryland, and Washington state.
See you all next Friday!
****RUMOR CONTROL****: There is a story that’s been going around since the day after Sandy, that power companies in New York and New Jersey have turned away work crews from other states because they were non-union. governor Christie, Mayor Bloomberg, and Gov Cuomo have discussed this nonsense publicly– it is NOT true. I’ve seen crews from Alabama, and I’m pretty sure that Alabama is not a strong union state. So rest assured, that story is just someone’s attempt to rile up anti-union/anti-blue state New York opinion.