Thursday, February 9, 2017
Cabin Fever - The Worst Winter Ever Edition
Not to keep blathering on about the crappy weather...but...we now have over 3 feet of snow. This is our back yard this morning. Every bit of that snow has come down since last Friday as there is green grass and buds on my flowers under that snow. Every night I bring in the hummingbird feeder and every morning I put it back out, brushing snow off it every few hours. The hummingbirds are still coming every day to feed so I am sure they appreciate it.
We have a lighter work week thank goodness as we have spent a huge amount of time shoveling this week. Two hours this morning which included help from another neighbor. We then brushed off our trees to attempt to prevent damage to the cedars and trees at the front of the house due to the high water content in the snow. It is so heavy it broke a snow plow's blade in town this morning. We also unplugged all the neighborhood drains (that took 4 neighbors trying to figure out where they were as hidden under the snow). It is ice raining right now. I fully expect to lose power today but it appears BC Hydro crews are busting their butts to keep power/get power back on all over the island and surrounding islands with many outages. They even shut down our Airforce base CFB Comox to all but essential services No garbage pickup today and police are asking people to stay home. All schools on the island are closed and many businesses have shut their doors today to prevent their employees from having to come in.
It is supposed to be plus 6 degrees Celcius by midnight but I find that very hard to believe. It changes from rain to ice rain to snow every half an hour so we expect to be shoveling again soon. I carried Buddy out at 6 am to do his business, he doesn't understand why the snow is so bloody deep. Keeps trying to walk in it and realizes very quickly that's not going to happen.
Yesterday morning, however, things were quite nice again with a 1 day break between storms so I picked up Mom (she hasn't left her house in 6 days although we shoveled her out) and we went to the grocery store and thrift store. I have one supper planned if we have power and one supper planned if we don't and are using the BBQ only.
I feel the need to bake something, perhaps some comfort food - chocolate chip cookies anyone? I am extremely thankful that hubby is not out traveling somewhere on business or scheduled to go somewhere. We have lost no business due to this whereas many local businesses are suffering. Our neighbors had to fly to another Province several days ago before all the snow hit for a funeral, they are supposed to be trying to fly back today. Five households have been shoveling their driveway as well trying to keep a handle on it for when they get home.
This certainly brings neighbors together though, we figure we need to have a party when this is all over to celebrate surviving the worst winter Comox has ever seen. In the mean time, the three of us are snug and warm and the fridge is full and the showers are hot and best of all THE ROOF IS NOT LEAKING!! I am so glad I got all that sorted out before this hit.