Monday, December 27, 2010
SNOW! E'nuf Said.
Listening to local news on radio it seems there is much confusion about what's going on weather-wise. Schools are closed, most other businesses are also closed, and the huge Outlet Centers are also closed. Something they never do, so it was be pretty bad out there.
Looking out the door it appears we've got about 12 to 14 inches and no plow has touched the street. Doesn't look like many cars have tried getting through, either. I am armed with only a broom and ice scraper, but if it is very cold chances are good that it's powder and easily removed from the car. Which, btw, is not visible from the porch, having to park it farther away than usual Christmas Eve. So, time to finish my tea, get layered up, and go for it.
11 am. Well, that was an exercise in futility for the most part. The good news: Sweeping off the stairs was as easy as originally thought. Snow on the ground is deeper than it looked from indoors. The snow is like powder, just so much more of it. It seems to have stopped snowing and the winds are just blowing it into drifts everywhere. The stairs and porch are clear, at least for now.
The bad news: As I began sweeping the stairs 2 snow plow trucks barreled down the street plowing in all the cars curb-side. Not a soul was outdoors making even the smallest attempt to dig out. I made my way across the street in snow above the knees to find the car plowed in up to the windows on the driver's side.
Cleaned off the windows, windshield and back window but didn't have the energy or strength to get into the car and start it up. The back was already hurting, the thumbs as well, and the stinging in the fingers was a warning to get indoors quickly because the Raynaud's disease was acting up again.
I don't have a snow shovel. It was foolishly left behind at the old apartment believing my landlady would need it more than I. Oh, so wrong. To be fair to myself, everyone called the freakish storms of last February a once-in-a-hundred-year event and we all believed them. Duh! I guess I'm not going anywhere by car until I find someone to dig me out. And walking to work in deep snow and high winds isn't going to be a walk in the park, either. Oh well, it is what it is.
On the bright side, I am better off here than in that other apartment. I don't even want to think about what that place looks like right now.
12:45 pm. The image above was taken by the boss and posted on Face Book a little while ago. Click the image to embiggen.
The sun has made a very welcome appearance just this very minute, and male and female cardinals have landed on the snowy roof outside my window. It IS beautiful and so are they. So bright (and noisy) against the white. Let's leave with that image in mind, shall we?