Friday, October 13, 2006

Friday the 13th

This is what we woke up to this morning~~
Our back yard~~just yesterday the goldfinch were all over this feeder!!
The branches that are touching the ground all snapped off as the day wore on. Heck of a way to trim trees!
Looking out the front door~~just makes you shiver,huh??
The sidewalk along the left side of the house~~the blob in the lower
left is three seven foot high Rose of Sharon shrubs~~many broken branches.
This storm started yesterday afternoon with rain and by dinner time it was a full fledged snowstorm!! I don't remember ever having snow this early in the season~~sometimes at Halloween there's a dusting.
I went to bed last night by 8 o'clock with a terrible migraine which I haven't had in months~~wonder if the weather had anything to do with it? I woke sometime during the night to a strange humming noise~~very loud~~three different times~~then the power was out.
Not a good thing~~snow,wind and no heat!! Nasty!! Needless to say the house was really, really cold!! I can't even tell you how many times I walked into the bathroom and flipped the light switch! Using the facilities by candlelight just doesn't cut it!
KK and I finally left the house around 11 to scrounge up some breakfast and the much needed coffee!! It was unbelievable driving through the city. Some streets were totally closed while workers were trying to clear the trees. Lines were down everywhere. The odd thing was the roads were fine for driving~slushy no ice. Most places were closed~~one gas station had cars lined up at all the pumps and backed up down the highway. The other station was closed.
We finally found a restaurant open and it wasn't busy! Soaked up the warmth and had a nice breakfast and the much needed coffee!! I really hated to leave~~I almost volunteered to do the dishes just so I could stay but I came to my senses!! Got back home and still no power ~~KK went to work and Ds and I went out so he could eat! Wound up at the same restaurant!
They have good pie!
I actually tried to knit a bit but my hands were so cold I gave that idea up. Remembered that I charged up my iPod and added a couple new podcasts so I bundled up on the couch and listened to that. After a while Sophie was whining to go out so I untangled myself from the blankets and got up. I started to go downstairs and I heard a click~~yes!!!! Power!!! Ran to the thermostat and cranked on the furnace!!! I turned on lights, and ran the dishwasher hoping to generate some heat!! I thought if the power goes again at least it'll be warmed up in here! Here it is almost 10 and it hasn't gone out again. We're lucky~~in the city of Buffalo and the surrounding areas there are thousands without power and now they're telling everyone not to drink the water without boiling it first. DD is in that mess~~a driving ban is on so she's stuck there.
After this I think I'm going to look into getting some sort of small heater and a couple oil lamps. I've wanted to get one of those lamps that I see at flea market/antique shops but never seem to pick one up~~I'm going to now. Candles are nice but they don't throw enough light to do anything! As long as I could read or knit I'd be happy and Kk would fall asleep!
OTN is the Wave and Shell shawl out of the yarn I got at the fiberfest. It's coming along nicely. I was a bit concerned that I would run short of yarn but I think there's going to be plenty.
Also working on a Ripple crochet(ewww, the "C" word) afghan one of two I need for xmas gifts. I'm on the third of 15 skeins! Good progress considering the wacky week!! Speaking of which
Off to crochet


Prissy said...

Mar, I'm reading your post! I read a couple of posts down where you wondered if anyone ever read yours and I wanted you to know that I do. I don't have a blog. I don't have a digital camera, so I'd have a boring one if I did. LOL. And I want to live where you live! I love snow so very much, and we don't get much at all here, if any. I'm jealous.

Hugs, Prissy

Susan said...

I saw the pics of the storm online yesterday and it made me homesick! I grew up in Eden NY and went to school in Orchard Park. (25 years ago)I remember building the snow forts so happy that school was cancelled. I was there for the big blizzard I think it was 76? or 78? Stay Warm!

kat said...

isn't it crazy! my family all few out for me wedding this weekend & got held up due to snow! i never thought that wold happen this early.

ericah64 said...

WOW. Now, THAT's some snow!

It may be rough for you, but for those of us in places like San Francisco, that looks like a wonderful weekend excuse to stay inside, snuggle, bake, and knit!

Cary said...

Oh, brrrr...Mar, you have us beat here in Michigan by a LONG way! My snow is gone already.

And, I wanted to let you know that I am reading your blog (grin) and enjoying it!

Cary in Michigan (from the Townsend List)

Leigh Ann said...

Mar love your pics! I'm in Ontario and didn't get the snow you guys did. We had blizzard and white out conditions but it didn't really stay.

To the east of us the got alot - Fort Erie and the snow belt area. Glad to know the power is back for you.

brandilion said...

i just moved to san diego and i already miss the snow. wouldn't even mind the power outage :)

i have a few of those gas lamps handed down from my great grandmother. i remember they were really nice when i was a kid and the power would go out, but haven't had the oppurtunity to use them lately. i wonder if i even have the oil for them?

the knotmaker said...

the snow pictures are so pretty, however it does remind me of why I moved out of New England.

Micky said...

Wow we just got cold here.
I hope you find some black for your cloth.

Susan said...

Hello, Mar,
I write from Rochester and we got next to nothing. I was in Medina all Saturday helping friends move and couldn't believe the damage there. Hope your own clean up is progressing. Stay warm!

Claudia said...

WOW - I heard you had snow _ I wish we had some, we're too far south for it this early, but I can't wait.

primdollie said...

Oh wow looks like way too much fun white stuff for me this early in the year!!! lets hope this is not a sign of what's to come!!!!!! happy knitting!!
hugs Linda