The Calm Beauty After The Storm

The snow finally stopped about 8 p.m. last night after two relentless days of constant snow and 24 hours of strong gusting wind.  The new snow guards on the roof have prevented the large resounding snow drops from the roofs, but with the wind, there really isn’t much piled up on the roof.  It appears that we missed the “Big One” only getting about 16 inches.  That is plenty, we are stranded down in our hollow with deep drifts on our driveway, an unpaved 2/10 of a mile uphill.  Our neighbor who plows us out is off doing contract work for VDOT, so we have to wait for him to be done with that before he can come to us.  Maybe later, we will dig through the worst of the drifts and see if we can get one of the 4 wheel drive vehicles out to the paved road.

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The sun is rising on our white world.

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Beginning to peek through the tree trunks on the top of the east ridge.

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Ripples in the snow from the strong winds of yesterday.  Today is calm and bright.  A good day to play in the snow, a good day for a big pot of soup and a loaf of crusty bread.

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Chicken chores were a challenge.  Between the house and the coop are three drifts, one that goes over the top of my knee high snow boots.  My muck boots being only 11 inches high are worthless for a few days.

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After two days of being contained inside the coop, I spread hay and coaxed them out by putting their food outside and by dumping the compost bin full of bread that was only partially eaten by the kids, about half a loaf that was dumped on the floor by the 4 year old and the remnants of popcorn.  They don’t like the white stuff at all and I suspect that they will spend most of today indoors again.

Hopefully, we can clear enough for SIL R to be able to take one of the vehicles into work tomorrow.  I’m sure we won’t see school attendance for at least a couple more days. Today he gets to play with his kids in the snow.  Tuesday, we get 45 f weather and rain, so the snow will melt, the driveway will thaw and we will have a muddy mess until next time.

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