“One winter morning Peter woke up and looked out the window. Snow had fallen during the night. It covered everything as far as he could see.”

The wind is tremendous. The snow is heavy and wet. The bushes near the house are bent to the ground. The branches from the oak tree by the deck have bent so much under the weight of the snow the smallest branches at the ends tap the backdoor and sound like fingers scratching the glass. Every niow and then the dogs and I raise our heads and look. The dogs were out chasing each other in the snow. Nala comes inside with her nose and head covered in snow. Both are wet and exhausted and are lying asleep on the couch, one beside me, the other behind me. Running in snow takes energy. 

The snow started last night around 11. I don’t know exactly how much snow we have, but I’m guessing around 4 or 5 inches with much more yet to come as many as 18 inches here on the cape. Everything is ladened with snow. The wind gusts have been as high as 60 MPH. The snow is drifting. 

The internet is down for the third time, but the electricity stays on so the house is warm and cozy. I might have had a Globe but the snow, falling so quickly, a couple of inches an hour, probably covered it. Still, I do love my paper so I decided to go check. It was ugly out. The wind was howling. My face got whipped by the snowflakes blown sideways by the wind so I gave up and ran back inside the house. I figured I’d read the paper online. Nope, I’m not on-line quite yet, but I am hopeful. 

I miss Shelby Scott. She was the reporter from Channel 4 sent out in the worst weather to do live updates. She was famous for her snow reports while being blown and buffeted by the wind and weather. Storms like this need Shelby. 

The cow and the donkey are safely in the house. Both beasts are in the living room. I triaged the cow’s hanging leg. Last night I lit my Christmas lights. The snow seemed to demand it. The colored lights looked beautiful. I will light again in a while. 

The electricity flickers and sometimes goes off for a minute or two. The internet doesn’t easily recover. It had gone down went down for the fifth time. When the electricity comes back on, there are beeps from Hey Google. Tree branches, heavy with snow, scratch against the windows. It scares Henry. He starts to shake. I hold him for a while and Nala sits beside him. A biscuit make him feel better but then it happens again, the same sequence of events: electricity off, electricity on, cable and internet gone, Hey Google back on with beeps, branches scratching the window, the back window this time, Henry shaking and getting as close to me as he can, even to my lap. I tried a treat again, and it helped for a little while, but he is staying close. He is still nervous. 

The electricity has been blinking on and of. The internet is far away. I will post this when I am no longer chiseling on stone. 

The Internet is back, but the cable is not. I turned off the light. Henry is better.

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8 Comments on ““One winter morning Peter woke up and looked out the window. Snow had fallen during the night. It covered everything as far as he could see.””

  1. Birgit Says:

    Good luck and stay warm and safe!
    I was glad to see that you posted at all after your east coast blizzard warning even reached our news, Boston was mentioned.
    We’ll get a minor storm tonight but without any snow and you would probably just describe it as fresh air 🙂

    • katry Says:

      It is still snowing and blowing like crazy. The sounds of the branches scratching on the windows is eerie. I have internet but no cable TV. I guess I should be thankful for the internet. Boston will get up to two feet. I’ll get close to that. This is quite the storm!

  2. Bob Says:

    Hi Kat,

    Today was gorgeous. Clear skies and a high temperature of nearly 70°. My daughter and I spent the afternoon by the lake and watched the movie, “My Fair Lady”. It was fun.

    When I lived in NYC I don’t remember any blizzards like you are experiencing now. Our weather prognosticators are forecasting cold weather to return on Wednesday evening with lows in the low 20s and a slight chance of frozen precipitation by Thursday morning. Real winter hits the DFW area in February. Last Valentines Day, we were hit by an arctic outbreak that dropped our temperature to -7°F and the entire state suffered from rolling blackouts. We averaged about two hours of electricity each day for four days.

    It was the most expensive weather event in Texas history. Over 100 insurance companies are suing ERCOT, the state electrical provider, for over 10 billon dollars in claims they had to pay out for broken water pipes. Of course, that doesn’t acount the 246 people who lost their lives freezing in their homes. The Republican legislature mandated that the electric power providers winterized their equipment for this year. All but one has complied. Unfortunately, most of the power plants run on natural gas and the legislature failed to have them winterize their gas transmission sites. The oil and gas lobby owns the legislature and the governor. We shall see what happens. Hopefully, that kind of winter storm only happens every decade or so.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Bob,
      I spent the day inside with the snow piling up outside. We are getting walloped. I wish I had your lovely day.

      I remember huge snow storms when I was a kid. I remember how excited I was by snow days. Back then we didn’t have to make them up. This is the first snow we’ve had all winter, not bad for almost February, but it is also really cold, and the wind is still terrific.

      Here in the hearty north, we always think that the South and Southwest in parts are not prepared for snow and ice. They shut down cities after only a few inches of snow. It seems that it was the same for the electric company. I don’t ever remember losing electricity for so long that pipes burst. Good luck this winter.

      • Bob Says:

        During the big deep freeze I had nearly all my faucets slowly running to prevent them from freezing while the heat was off. I had forgotten the master bathroom shower stall and when I went to open the faucet nothing came out. I left the faucet open and when the heat came back on the water started running and the pipes didn’t burst. Also, because the swimming pool pump didn’t work during the freeze we had to use a broom handle to break up the surface ice. We lucked out that the pool pump and filter survived without damage. Sometimes it would rather be lucky than smart. 🙂

      • Christer. Says:

        First time I’ve ever been called Bob 🙂 🙂 🙂

      • katry Says:

        As cold as it gets here I haven’t ever left faucets running. With the heat on, I figure the pipes are safe, even the ones on an outside wall in the cellar. I haven’t ever had pipes burst. You really did luck out on the pool pipes. They are the most vulnerable. It’s a cold thing the deep freeze comes so rarely in your neck of the woods.

      • katry Says:

        I don’t see a comment of yours here. Most seem to be Bob’s. I’m sorry I can’t answer yours. I’ll check the Coffee comment section.

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