Well, the storm blew through last night. It started snowing before I went to bed, but most of the snow came overnight. Heavy wet snow – the kind The Weather Channel refers to as heart attack snow.
The wind woke me up this morning. Hubby was already up. Our power flickered on and off last night but finally went off around 6:00 am. We are fortunate to have a generator and a propane furnace so the house was nice and warm. The temperature hasn’t gotten any higher than 32 degrees F — freezing.
In addition to losing power, our cell tower is down as well as our Spectrum connection which provides our internet. So, no connection to the outside world.
The snow is very wet and heavy. Tree branches were so weighted down they were touching the ground. I am afraid we lost some branches from our dogwood trees that frame the driveway.
We took some pictures before hubby went outside and left footprints in the snow. He put all the bird feeders out and we have had swarms of birds ever since. This kind of snow makes it difficult for them to find food.
Seen at the bird feeder today:
- Mourning Dove
- Blue Jay
- Eastern Towhee
- Wood Thrush
- Downy Woodpecker
- Red headed Woodpecker
- Gold Finch
- House Finch
- Dark Eyed Junko
- Carolina Wren
- Tufted Titmouse
[I blogged about how my grandmother used to go outside after heavy snows with an old straw broom. She swept the snow out from under the forsythia bush and put out oatmeal and bread crumbs for the birds.]
Hubby then knocked snow off all the drooping limbs that he could safely reach. We do not have a landscaped yard. Most of the trees and bushes are natural landscape but we still hate to lose any of them.
We will turn the generator off soon and save fuel. I made a thermos of coffee and put water in our individual thermoses. It will be a good time to take a nap.
The only downside to having no connectivity is that we have family and friends who are ill and at this moment, no one can reach us.
(I am writing this blog entry knowing I will not be able to post until we have power. I want to continue to blog every day — regardless.)