We Get Knocked Down, But We Get Up Again!

We got slammed by a Blizzard named Nemo (or Charlotte?) on Friday and Saturday. During the storm, meteorologists kept changing the expected snowfall totals, but most of the state suffered a direct hit of the two storm systems that merged to create this monster.

The news, which has been airing nearly non-stop for the past three days.

The news has aired nearly non-stop for the past three days.

I’m not complaining – the reality is that we quite literally had tons and tons of snow fall upon us. It’s going to take a while to move and melt. Trying our best to stay sane is tough, though, because storms like this are dangerous and taxing on property and life.

It's not just about how much snow fell, but the driving winds made some really deep snow drifts.

It’s not just about how much snow fell, but the driving winds made some really deep snow drifts.

My husband has been outside shoveling and snow blowing continuously. He had to focus first on digging out our furnace vent, because we haven’t had heat since Friday, and then the cars, so that we can get out if need be. (Yes, we have a garage, but we don’t have a shed and a lot of our outdoor stuff gets stored there.) He tried clearing out while the storm was raging, but every few hours, we had another 4-6 inches. It wasn’t worth the work.

Yeah, next winter, we're getting a monster GAS snow blower. This electric one might as well be made by Fischer Price!

Yeah, next winter, we’re getting a monster GAS snow blower. This electric one might as well be made by Fischer Price!

This is what greeted us Saturday once it stopped snowing.

Yeah, I'm no match for something like this. I'm kind of a weakling!

Yeah, I’m no match for something like this. I’m a weakling!

Have you ever seen the film “The Day after Tomorrow”? It feels like I’m in one of those disaster movies. It’s really scary and isolating when a storm like this traps everyone.

The view out our back door.

The view out our back door.

As you can see, there was literally no way out. No matter where we looked, it was snow, snow, snow.

The cat was not happy. This is one of the bedrooms upstairs where he loves to look over his Pride.

The cat was not happy. I took this photo in one of the bedrooms upstairs where he loves to look over his Pride. The snow is sitting on a jut-out over the front porch.

The cats kept meowing and running from window to window, wanting to go outside because they see their daddy out there. I had half a mind to bring them outside, and see what they would do.

Progress yesterday.

Earlier in the day yesterday.

The sun didn’t last too long, nor did it help us out. I was hoping for a little bit of melting, but the ground is frozen solid.

My hubby chatting with one of the neighbors over the mountains of snow.

My hubby chatting with one of the neighbors over the mountains of snow.

Even with the public works department working at full capacity around the clock, as of this morning, our city has only cleared about 25% of our public roads. They are going to run out of places to put it all. Because we live in a private neighborhood, we rely on a private company to plow our streets. We are all responsible for shoveling out fire hydrants, sidewalks and storm grates near our homes.

Progress today.

Progress today.

Hubby got back outside today to keep chipping away. About thirty minutes ago, he finally freed our furnace system and got the heat to come back on. We can now give the fireplace a break!

Does it really get better?

Does it really get better?

So much for progress. At the moment, we have Snow Fog, and the snow is heavier now after a morning of freezing rain and rain. Tonight, it’s going to freeze over, and we’re expecting another snow storm this week.

The kitties have finally calmed down and are catching up on their sleep.

The kitties have finally calmed down and are catching up on their sleep.

Despite all that we’ve endured over the past few days, I am thankful. We’re warm, safe, and if anything happens to our property, we have homeowner’s insurance, and we have one another. And, as my husband pointed out, I’m not in the hospital.

Thankful for everything we have!

Thankful for everything we have!

That’s good enough for me!

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