My Twitter/Instagram feed is full of folks bragging about unseasonably warm weather and photos of blooming cherry trees on this second day of spring. It’s nice to know that spring has sprung in other parts of the country.
We have snow. A LOT of snow. When people ask me if it snows in Western Oregon, I used to tell them that it usually snows one to five times each winter with little or no accumulation. This year, it’s probably snowed 20 times, and today, we’re snowed in with no end in sight. It’s getting ridiculous.
I overheard Henry talking on the phone this morning, and I could tell he got that question that I’ve had to answer many times, “Did you lose power?” He laughed. I laughed. I guess one of the upsides of living off the grid is that no matter how much of a pain our independent energy system may be, at least it’s pretty reliable no matter the weather. Our solar panels are under snow, but the generator has gas, and our battery bank is charged up, so we’re good.
In areas all around us, though, there are thousands of homes without power. My brother and sister in law live in Eugene with their new baby and some out of town visitors, and they lost power today. They’ve got food and water and plenty of board games, but their heat isn’t working, so it’s less than ideal.
Our driveway is a disaster waiting to happen, so we’re hunkered down at home today and probably tomorrow, too. In some ways, it’s kind of nice, but both Henry and I have things to do in town, so we’re looking forward to the melt.
Exy the cat is pretty disgruntled about the weather, and the daffodils are taking a beating.
It’s been snowing nonstop all day, and at this point, we probably have at least seven inches of accumulation.
If nothing else, the kids got to have fun playing in the snow this morning. *sigh* Maybe I should take a lesson from them and quit being so grumpy about this stormy start to spring.