Sunday, February 7, 2010

Blizzard of 2010

The Blizzard of 2010 can be summed up with three numbers: 26, 29 and 52. 26 inches of snow, 29 hours without electricity and 52 degrees inside the house when we woke up Sunday morning.

The pictures of Evelyn in our front yard and in the parking lot give you an idea of the incredible amount of snow we got. At one point, while Evelyn was walking behind the cars, she fell down, and the snow came all the way up to her shoulders!
By the time all was said and done, we were blanketed with 26 inches of snow, although the official snowfall measurement for Germantown was 30 inches. Evelyn took the picture below, being sure to get our snowman - now a snowy mound - in the shot.Since the trees were laden with the heavy snow and the snow was piled high on the deck railings, I could hardly see my bird feeders. Shortly after supper, I had to dig a tunnel through the snow to the deck box so we could have a place to store our frozen foods. While I was out there, I also shoveled a path to the bird feeders. They will need to be refilled long before the snow is gone, I'm sure.

Our power went out at 4:15 Saturday morning. We had a hopeful 45 minutes of electricity late Saturday morning, but then it went out again. We finally got the power back on (for good) this morning around 9:15. We were fairly comfortable last night while we were sleeping since we were tucked under the covers. But, when we came downstairs at 7:15 this morning, and the indoor thermometer read 52 degrees, we knew we couldn't stay another night at home. Our little gas fireplace in the basement wasn't able to keep the whole house comfortable, so Troy and I were cooking up plans to stay warm. Thankfully we didn't need to resort to leaving our house since the power stayed on for good. And - a big bonus - we were still able to host two families for Super Bowl Sunday tonight. Whew!