Wednesday, February 10, 2010
All Quiet On The Eastern Coast
After the forth major nor'easter since mid December, things are returning to normal in the deep snow blanketed mid Atlantic region of the US. If we never see another snow storm or ice storm, it won't be soon enough for me, and probably a lot of others as well! I nearly dropped to my knees to offer thanks to the gods today, when the worst had past, and I still had electrical power!
I made a quick trip up to the local store yesterday morning, to purchase five gallons of kerosene, just in case. Things didn't look too bad, when I went to bed last night. Much of the snow that had accumulated on the trees the weekend before, had either melted, or was washed off by several hours of rain yesterday evening. When I awoke this morning however, it was a different story. The nor'easter had progressed up the coast, and now, thanks to its counter clockwise flow, we were receiving a backhanded bitch slapping! Looking out my bathroom window at 7:00 AM, I saw that the trees were once again covered with snow, and it looked like a blizzard was going on.
I got dressed and made a pot of coffee and some breakfast, thinking I better hurry, because the power is going to go out any minute now, but it never did. By 11:00 AM the snow had stopped, and I went out and shoveled the steps, and a path to the back door, then cleaned the six inches of new snow and ice off of my truck. Then I came back inside and washed several loads of clothes, thankful that I still had electricity to feed my washer and dryer, yet ever wary that a strong gust of wind would take down a tree limb somewhere, and a power line along with it.
All day long I kept hearing warnings of high winds and the possibility of power outages, but the lights stayed on! Tonight in thanks, I gave a burnt offering to the gods, a well done hamburger, and since the gods are ethereal, and therefore have no need for actual sustenance, they generously gave the hamburger back to me for my dinner! I call that a win win situation!
Tonight's posting was made while listening to Dvorak's New World Symphony, absolutely one of my all time favorites!