Wow. Unplanned time off. How great is that? Time for blogging … The big ice storm hit in the wee hours of last Thursday morning and turned out to be pretty terrible. Worse than the one ten years ago in that it was so widespread. We were awakended around 2:30 by what was probably one of the half-dozen large pine branches that crash landed around our house, and noticed that the power had gone out. Uh-oh. The freezing rain had begun early in the evening so this was not really unexpected but for its magnitude. It took a lot of Friday before it was known how bad it really was. 400,000 people (in New Hampshire) lost their electricity. In the winter that’s a serious problem.
Four days later the power is still off at the college where I work. Can’t do computer stuff (that’s my job- computer stuff) when there’s no power. Can’t keep all the students warm in their dorms either, so they got to start their breaks early. I bet they were thrilled. And I get a few unexpected days off. Glad we bought a generator back in 1998 and that we have plenty of firewood. And that we live on a state route. That got us reconnected to the grid by Sunday evening.
The birch trees really bend right over. They cannot take the weight of the ice.
Finding gasoline for the generator was a problem. Power was out almost everywhere, and gas pumps are electrical. Had to go a few towns north and east and wait in line to fill my gas cans. We ran the generator off and on, to keep the fridge and freezer cold and the water tank filled. The ice is so beautiful to look at with a bright sun or moon in the sky, but it’s the absolute worst kind of winter precipitation going. Much better when it freezes before it hits the ground.
The now solitary horse stays close to the barn. He’s not a fan of the ice either.
Luckily that through this disaster the roads not blocked by fallen trees were in good shape. On Saturday we had a graduation ceremony to attend. Our daughter will soon join the nursing profession at a nearby hospital, having finished a concentrated program. She was in the top of her class and now has 2 bachelors degrees! We are so proud of you sweetie!
Sure you’d probably rather see pix of the graduate, but I didn’t do such a good job getting the shot.
Here’s my daughter getting her degree. From the back.
I was told that I failed at this because I was an idiot. My only possible reply: DUH!? At least I am able to find gasoline and make fire. Fire good! AND my daughter is now a NURSE!!