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Winter storm of 2014

The wooded landscape has been transformed into a winter wonderland..

Irish Settlement Road

Irish Settlement Road

Everything is caked in sparkling snow. As you look closer, you notice the snapped trunks of the red pines, the fallen limbs of the white pines, the birches and beeches that have bent to the ground under the burden of ice and snow. The sky is a threatening grey.

Our neighbor's stand of red pine.

Our neighbor’s stand of red pine.

Our road after the storm

Our road after the storm

Most painful to me is the damage to a relatively healthy elm; most of the top branches have broken, and doubt it can be saved. At least it won’t go to waster; we’ll cut it up and use it to keep warm next winter, maybe during a power outage, when our small wood stove is our only source of heat.

A trunk from my  elm tree came down,

A trunk from my elm tree came down,

Most of the top branches of our lovely elm have snapped.

Most of the top branches of our lovely elm have snapped.

Speaking of power, I’m so grateful to the line crews that have worked for days to restore electric power to our communities, sometimes multiple times. We were without power from Wednesday night through last night, with a couple-hours of service on Thursday afternoon. For three days, we had no central heat, no running water, no phone service, no Internet access! We had our cell phones (not smartphones), but rationed their usage for contacting Green Mountain Power’s outage center, and for emergencies.

Trees on the power lines.

Trees on the power lines.

It was fun to cook creatively on the wood stove, eating down the food that we didn’t want to lose from the fridge and freezer. The pizza dough that Jamie made for Wednesday night turned into flatbread. Sausages and oatmeal, french toast and bacon, we definitely worked the breakfast theme.

I was really intrigued by the way our daily rhythms changed. We went to bed early — 7:30 pm early — feeling very tired, and awoke at 5 or 5:30 and set about getting the wood fire going again. I think there is something restorative about living in a way that reflects the changes in daylight. I know we’re going to return to the work-drive schedule of the modern world, but I may try to be more aware of how the diminished light affects my level of activity.

Now we need to replenish our emergency supplies, and give some thought to ways to work around some of the more difficult parts of this outage.

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Thanksgiving prep and snow

I got a bunch of cooking prep done yesterday, including cutting up the turkey, making vegetable stock and brine for the turkey, and then roasting the turkey trimmings and making turkey stock for use today in the stuffing and gravy.

Meanwhile, the snow continued to fall for most of the day, and we awoke to a foot of snow in some places.

A chickadee contemplates its choices.

A chickadee contemplates its choices.

I hope everyone has a nice Thanksgiving with family and friends.

Sickbay and snowstorm

The whole family has been sick with a bad cold. NatureBoy was ill last weekend. Beloved wife and I succumbed this week. I had to leave work early twice, and then took sick days Friday and today. BW and I spent most of our time sleeping or watching videos from the folded-out futon.

I’m glad to say that we’re on the mend. BW tried to get to work this morning, but the big snowstorm made travel impossible. So we hunkered down for one more day of recuperation.

I’m glad to say that during some of my more lucid moments, NatureBoy and I did get in some gaming. As a solstice gift, I got the Mouse Guard RPG and Warcosm space fleet combat game. (Both purchased from Indie Press Revolution as Book + PDF bundles!). I will post about each separately

Last night and today, we’ve had quite a bit of snow. Traffic was moving pretty slowly on Route 15.

snowy-rt15

 

Snow always makes the barn stand out.

snowy-barn

 

snowy-feeder

I liked the way the snow mounded on the feeder echoes the shapes of the crook.

Anyway, I will post more details about Mouse Guard and Warcosm soon.