You may remember last week I was telling about another snowstorm coming. It came but not quite as ferocious as predicted for our area. It seems the low pressure took a wobble a bit more south. So we did not get those 15 inches. We got between 6 and 8 inches here. We still had to do some scooping on Saturday and by Sunday it was well on its way to melting. Monday brought a very windy day which continued well into today. This helped melt the snow even more, so by this morning most of the snow was gone except in very shady places. The wind finally calmed down around noon. We are expected to get another round of snow for this coming weekend too. GRRRR! I am never going to get a garden in. If it is not snowing, it is too windy.
Anyways here is some lovely photos of Friday The 13th’s Blizzard.
Morning, I am standing on the back steps looking east at the deck.
Morning, looking toward the field to the south.
The Next Morning
Close up of deck
Field to south.
Driveway to west.
Looking west to neighbors yard.
Back steps’ rail.
Roof over back steps.
Another view of roof.
The Scooping of the Snow
I started with the Back steps
The last step was completely buried
David started by scooping the the drift at bottom of back steps.
David scooping a path up to the deck.
The Deck almost done. David took a break. It was heavy wet snow. He calls that kind of snow, HEART ATTACK SNOW!
David spent a couple of hours yesterday doing some more raking in the backyard. He hauled 8 more full blue trash cans around front to the growing leaf pile. It then shrinks a bit because we have had some crazy windy days. The wind was actually helpful to David yesterday, it was blowing from the west which was the same direction he was raking. No raking against the wind!
I just stayed indoors crocheting. I finished a baby beanie and started a baby bucket hat. I also vacuumed, did dishes, scooped litter boxes, and made pork soup for supper. So I was keeping busy too.
Here are photos of David’s Day of Raking Befores and Afters.
I am standing at the west end of the backyard so you get the full view.
We had a really bad storm here last Tuesday (6/28/2016). It was pretty cloudy out that early evening. So it was a bit strange when the lights flickered once then again and totally out. This was at 5:08 pm. I know because I looked at my phone to note the time to see how long the power would be out. Well then I hear the splattering of rain drops on the window not too bad so far. I spoke to soon the splattering of rain drops becomes the pinging of hail. The rain is heavy now with the hail mixed in. Then our mobile home is shoved. Yes, the wind has begun to blow and it is a gusting hard! It is blowing the rain in the north window in the living room even though it is closed.
I go around looking out various windows to see the trees just swaying like crazy. David tells me to get in the living room because he is worried that the big tree in the back yard could fall and if it does it would land on the kitchen. I go into the living room for a few minutes then decide to go to the bedroom at the other end of the house. I look out the west window in there. I see that the neighbor’s trees are sway pretty good and the one nearest to our house could actually fall on the bedroom so I grab Sully off the bed and we both go back into the living room. The hard rain and hail and winds last about 30 to 45 minutes then it all calms down to gently falling rains. It was pretty scary there for a while.
Now that things are calm I go back to my room to do some crocheting until I can no longer see. The power is still not back on. So once it is dark I just put my stuff away and go to sleep. David stayed up listening to the battery-powered radio for weather updates and Rockies updates, playing his Castle Age at hour intervals and checking where the storm headed on the laptop to conserve its battery. The Rockies did play that night with a first pitch at 9:30 ish pm. He came to bed about 1:00 am. I went out to the couch at this time because I felt I was gonna have a snore fit and didn’t want to keep him up. It is just after 3:00 am when a bright light in the kitchen wakes me up and I see David coming out to turn it off. I then followed him back to the bedroom to finish my night’s sleep.
Power was out for about 10 hours here. Town was back on in a couple of hours. I think the power crews did a great job. They had to move trees before they could replace lines. I also learned that several power poles had been down too.
It is now later on Wednesday morning so we can go out and survey the damage. I also found this little chart when I was checking out Facebook. That 103 wind gust was just 2 miles south of our house.
Photo Chart via Facebook.
We had no damage to the house or BOB.
Just a lot of tree branches all over the yard which we piled up near the burn barrel.
David will burn them later.
The garden did survive. Just a lot of shredded leaves.
One of the butternut squash plants.
The pepper patch. Yes I did get out and weed it yesterday. 🙂
Pepper plant protected by coffee can.
An unprotected pepper plant.
This is how much rain was in the wheelbarrow.
The butterbush squash plant. This is the one the toad lives around. Yes, the toad survived the storm we saw him over by the acorn squash the next day. He is now back in his butternut squash.
This is one of the acorn squash. They fared the best as they are protected by the house.
The tomatoes and yellow summer squash were not damage hardly at all that is why there are no photos of them.
Well I got outside and got busy this morning somewhere after 8:00. I first did the mounding for the 6 new squash hill holes that David had dug yesterday. Then I gathered up a little garden shovel, my gloves, and the wheelbarrow in front of the deck stairs. I went inside and collected the peppers that needed transplanted and placed them in the wheelbarrow. Then I pushed it around back to the spot David had prepared for me.
The Pepper Spot
The Pepper Plants
The large pepper plants in a row of five. Coffee cans placed around them for protection. Close up of one inside the coffee can.
I got these 15 plants transplanted then came in for a break. It was 9:40 am when I came in. Good progress was made in that hour and a half. The larger plants and the ones in the coffee cans I am not sure which pepper they are. I kinda mixed them around when they were growing inside. The smaller ones are definitely green peppers.
After my break I planted 8 more plants that I knew were green peppers next to where I planted the first 15. These were all just tiny. The just barely had their first set of leaves that were not their sprouting leaves. So they are close to the ground, now so if the wind continues to blow,(yes the wind was a blowin’ while I was a plantin’) they should be ok and not get whipped around. I then moved to the other end of the pepper spot and transplanted the signature sweet peppers that I started from seed from actual peppers. These guys took forever to sprout. They also just barely had their first set of leaves. I planted 8 of them. The arrow in the first photo is pointing to a tiny pepper plant there are 4 in each of the two rows.
I finished and put all my tools away and came in to get breakfast for David and do some house work.
It is another gorgeous day. It is a balmy 74 degrees with a slight breeze now and again. Tomorrow’s forecast 63 for a high, 20% chance of precipitation, and wind gusts up to 35 mph. It goes down hill for Tuesday Night: Rain before midnight, then snow. Areas of blowing snow after midnight. Low around 31. Blustery, with a northeast wind 15 to 20 mph increasing to 20 to 25 mph in the evening. Winds could gust as high as 40 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible.
So I took advantage of today’s weather by cleaning up another small patch of the yard. I am working my way slowly down the front of the house. I don’t want to over do it after being sedentary all winter. Sully wanted to spend some time smelling catnip again. 🙂
The before shot of today’s patch.
I raked it all into a pile then sorted out the sticks and twigs.
I took the sticks and dropped them off by the burn barrel.
I took the leaves and added them to the pile in this area of the garden.
The after shot.
Sully was done sniffing catnip and was ready to go in. 🙂
The internet was down most of the day, yesterday it came back up after 5pm. I was ok with that. I spent all day crocheting and watching ” Xena: Warrior Princess” I have the first 3 seasons on dvd. Also it was another cloudy,windy, coldish day for May. So staying in bed all toasty in the blankets, crocheting , and watching dvds is not such a bad thing. 🙂
When I got up at 6:30 it was all sunny, with some dark gray clouds to the south, and a gentle breeze. I decided to hang out the sheets I had washed the day before. I hung the sheets came back in and started cooking breakfast. Well by 7:06 those clouds had moved north and the breeze had become a wind. I thought, well as long as it is not raining the sheets should dry. I went to check on them around 9:00 they were still wet like when I first hung them up. Was not raining but the humidity was to high for even the wind to dry them after 2 hours. So I brought them in and put them in the dryer.
This is what I accomplished in my crocheting. I was able to finish a wide-brimmed, floppy hat. The pattern I used Natural Colored Floppy Brim Hat By by Linda Cyr of Vogue Knitting I used the instructions for the large size. As you can see in the pic of me it is a bit large on me. If I had my glasses on it sits right on top of them.
I then started a new beanie. It is a new pattern for me. It is a granny square style pattern.
Dave was a little bummed about the internet being down. It was “Triple Coin Tuesday” on his Castle Age game. He found the Kindle and spent his day reading on the couch and listening to the radio. When the internet came back up Dave was doing his Castle Age until after midnight. He did get a lot of reading done though. I checked the Kindle when he got on the computer, he had cleared out several titles. He is a fast reader. 🙂
P.S. After posting this I got a notification that it is my 50th Post !!! Whooo! Yippee! New Trophy on the Case!
Well I purchased our fishing licenses last week online. So today was the first day we had free to put them to use. We live just a short jaunt from the city dam ponds that provide water for town. It is used for watering the parks and stuff like that. We set up in one of our favorite spots that we call ” The Christmas tree” I got my pole rigged up with a good size weight, steel leader, and a hook with a worm on it of course. I cast the line out and the waiting began. I waited. Oh, some more waiting. Not even a nibble. So I went across the road to another spot that David calls ” The Perch Hole”. I cast out my line and waited. Then I did some more waiting. Again not even a nibble. So I packed it up and put my gear back in BOB’s storage bin for the fishing gear. David did not have any luck either. So he packed it up too. That is usually how our first fishing trip of the year goes. We can at least say we got out and gave it a go. The weather was nice,we get to feel the sun on our faces, and the wind at our backs.
This is “THe Christmas Tree” spot. It gets its name because of all the pretty bobbers, fishing line, and lures in its branches.