Sorry these aren’t very good, but it was cold. And snowy. And screens aren’t clear glass. 🙂 But I think you will get the idea.
Late in the afternoon, we realized the house was getting chilly, even with the pellet stove going. We checked, and found that the hot water heater was off. We hit the re-set button, but it wouldn’t stay lit. Thinking that this was a lousy day to have to call a repairman, we did a little investigative work. That involved me going outside in the storm to clear out the vent pipe. Since we could only get out the cellar door at that point, I had to hike around the house and up the grade to the back yard. I do that hundreds of time in the summer… but it is a whole lot harder in snow that is up to your hips. I cleared the vent, and the heater started easily. Thank goodness for safety features! But it also showed just how powerful this storm was, because normally, the heat from the vent itself keeps the snow clear around it. So, while I was out, I hiked over to clear out the dryer vent, too. And shoveled the snow from in front of the back door so we could get out that way next time. And of course, I took a whole lot of photos which are dark and boring – nothing to show the scale of the storm. But it was cold, windy and snowy, trust me.
Nan’s bench is our snow gauge – it is a regular height bench with a back that probably ends a little over three feet from the ground. I’ll try to remember to measure it in the spring when I can find it again. This was at 7 am.
Sunday morning. The last corner of it is behind the bird suet. All that is left above the snow line is one rail of the back – and that is not counting the big snow bank. That is about 6 feet tall I figure – it is pretty clearly over my 5’4 head. But note that the deck rails are almost clear of snow – it was one windy snow event!