Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Snoctober Smackdown

I refuse to call it "Snowtober" like everyone else called it. That's too nice. Too charming. Snoctober is more like it. We got snocked by snow, over a foot of it, and it snocked us on our kiesters. It snocked down some trees.
It snocked down a town snowplow nearby (which explains why our street didn't get plowed until a Good Samaritan came by with his personal plow). It's actually missing two back wheels - no idea where they went.
And now we will spend the next few weeks cursing the last owners of our home, who thought adding 147 (!!!!!!!???!!!!!!!) shrubs and trees to the property "added value."

I could just snock somebody upside the head.

Of course it missed snocking down the hideous pigeon coop. We'll have to wait for the next natural disaster.
It trashed the willow trees we both liked.
And the burning bush (far right) is just about extinguished, looks like.
In all seriousness, it could have been a lot worse. We did lose power for 4 days, but we're fortunate enough to have a generator (best purchase ever!). While we got by with our generator, pellet stoves and wood furnace, we still had to dash up to an hour away to Mom and Dad's house to get water for the horses - approximately 40 gallons a day. I've driven around/ under/ over more tree limbs and power lines than I ever wish to again.
Matt and I spent Saturday morning looking at trucks to purchase and as soon as we got home, we looked at each other and thought it would be a good idea to fill up our emergency buckets. We were headed outside to do just that, when the power went out. Out here in the country, if you don't have power, you don't have a way to pump water from your well. Awesome! We got to do some really fun activities like hauling water up from the stream so we could flush toilets.
But the power is now back, so I'm happily filling water buckets, doing laundry and took a very luxurious hot shower. There's still a lot of work to do, but all inhabitants at TMF fared just fine - and that's most important. Even the vultures, who looked like they were praying over the downed power lines. Apparently, they were hoping some chants would bring cable back sooner.


Suzanne said...

You poor thing... but didn't you feel somewhat powerful hauling water up from your stream. Self sufficient... Although, I am sure the basic creature comforts are better...

KC said...

Suzanne, we felt fortunate that we even *had* a stream to cull from! We certainly appreciate the lights and good heat this evening, though. I'll take it! Glad your lights are back on too!