So, we ended up getting 34 inches here yesterday. Davy went out this morning to start shoveling yet again. Here’s a picture of the “cattle shoot” that he carved out off our deck so that we could get to the driveway. Not that it really mattered because our van was buried up to the windows and there was really no place to go.
The kids thought this was pretty special. I think we need to live somewhere warmer. ;)
This is looking out towards the road (that’s the neighbor’s place across the street…to the left of the neighbor’s house, you can see the Adirondack mountains in New York) . We usually park our van up close to where I was standing when I took the picture, but Davy couldn’t get it any farther up the drive from where it is in the pic. The drifts on the left hand side of the van went up to the window. You can barely see the top of our unit neighbor’s car next to her set of stairs in front of her apartment. To the right of the top of our van, you can just barely see the top of the neighbor’s car across the street.
The south wall of our house is on the right of this picture. The back wall that you see belongs to the back wall of the utility room out front. The wall on the left is the back wall of our neighbor’s unit. The wind pushed a ton of snow into this little cubby hole between the units. The problem with this is that there are heating vents sticking out from our units back here that need to be kept clear. The lady in one of the front units lost her heat last night because she didn’t keep her vent clear and the furnace blew out. Davy had to go a few times to clear the snow out, which was about 11 feet high, so that our vents didn’t clog up (it could also cause carbon monoxide poisoning if they’re blocked up). He sunk through a couple 6 foot high spots and was afraid he couldn’t get out.
The nice thing about all this snow on that side of the house is that our house has been keeping VERY warm. The first floor is always so cold on that side of the house because the foundation has a lot of cracks in it on that side. It lets so much cold air in under the floor boards. With all that snow around the foundation, the house has been keeping the heat in SO well.
Here you can just barely see the top of our fencing around the garden
in our backyard. The trampoline frame was under snow last night, but
the wind pushed some of the snow off of it and you could see a little
of it this morning. If you look to the left of the neighbor’s big
camper, you can see what looks like a black line coming out of the
grill of the camper and across the snow. That’s actually the top rim of
his above-ground pool. Well…..since it’s under snow, does that no
longer make it “above ground”???
Last night, we got a knock on the door at around 10:30 pm. I was in the bathroom brushing my teeth and Davy came in and said, “Did you hear a knock on the door?” I told him I didn’t hear anything, but then we both heard some loud knocking. Davy ran downstairs and opened the door and my youngest brother and his two roommates were at the door. My brother and his roomie had gone up north to pick up the roomie's girlfriend from work and on their way home, they realized they’d never be able to get on the back roads to get home. They could only drive down the major road that we live on (well, not really major in most other places…..it’s just a 2 lane road, but it’s a state road, so it’s kept up really well in storms), so they came here. My brother had to bust through 4 foot drifts just to get to our door. The stayed here for the night on the couch and the floor. I made chocolate chip pancakes for everyone for breakfast.
Speaking of wanting to be somewhere warmer…..Survivor is on tonight.
Looking at all the beautiful Fiji scenery will make me feel like I’ve
gone on vacation somewhere tropical….at least for an hour. ;)
For any of you that are jealous of our snow and wish they could have some of it, you are welcome to come up at any time, grab a shovel and take it away. I promise to make you a nice hot cup of chai.