…Nature never did betray
The heart that loved her…
It’s my second snow day here in Virginia. On Friday, my university in DC was closed predicting it was going to get bad throughout the day. By 10 am, the snow was coming down steadily. By Sunday morning, we had about 18 inches of snow. It’s hard to measure really because of the snow drifts. On the side of my house, the snow was up to my waste.
For many of you, 18 inches of snow is a big ol’ shrug but for me and my fellow Virginians it’s a big deal. Our roads and houses aren’t built for this kind of weather. In fact, a few years back my pipes burst when we had a cold spell. Even dripping my faucets at night was no match for Mother Nature and a poorly insulated home. Needless to say, the area where the pipes burst is one of the first places I shoveled. I do not want a flooded house ever again!
We don’t have the equipment or supplies to respond to such conditions. Three inches is about all we can handle before freaking out as a region.
The snow plow just came through about five minutes ago and even he got stuck. Fortunately, my fella and I have been shoveling since Friday. Even though the heavy snow continued to cover up our work, we knew that it would pay off in the end (e.g. less snow to shovel all at once). Many of my neighbors don’t have snow shovels. Some used buckets, Tupperware containers, and one guy just walked around kicking the snow! Um, yeah, that will teach it.
For my university, the power went out in the dorms. For about 30 hours, the students were without heat and electricity. They were moved to other locations. I emailed with some of my students and they seemed in good spirits about it. This is what happens during a blizzard.
|Making a snow angel|
Don’t let the pictures fool you… I shoveled the walkway and a good amount around the cars. My fella to do it all :D We only have one snow shovel which is a good thing because we have to take breaks. We did get out a garden shovel to break the ice. The front yard is a bit of a challenge because the sun doesn't shine in the very front. In fact, the sun never hits our front door except during one month of year.