Friday, January 30, 2009

STILL IT SNOWS AND BLOWS


We're into our third day of lake effect snow storms off frozen Lake Erie. The wind is a howling devil in white-face, swirling and blasting pellets of snow against everything in its path, building, tree, bird, or human - a far cry from the "easy wind and downy flake" in Robert Frost's poem about stopping by his pretty New England woods.

One must adapt. Wet laundry is hung all over the house because I'm worried about running the dryer when the vent is completely blocked by a huge drift. I tried going out with the shovel to clear it away, but the snow is almost to my waist, and so pounded and packed by the wind it's like thickening cement. The leeward side of the lilac bush is caught in a huge humpbacked drift that is even higher. I'm still able to reach the bird feeders I hung there by approaching from the other direction, but fewer birds are coming.


On the lake side of my house I have a small open patio and also a screened porch (called a "Florida room" around here). It's closed off from the rest of the house by a weather-proof doorwall, but I slipped into my coat and went and sat in the wicker chair and took a photo of the drifts outside the window, just to remember it when spring finally comes.

21 comments:

Lin said...

wow, I'd be glued to the fireplace and not go out until the food supplies dwinkled sometime in spring. how miserable yet beautiful in its own way

Avid Reader said...

oh boy. i don't know what to say. I'm seeing frozen clothes on the lines here.

Sylvia K said...

It is amazing! Your photos are beautiful, but wow, I do get a shiver down the spine just looking at them. Up to your waist!! Believe me, I will shut up about Seattle weather! Well, for now, hard to keep my trap shut for too long at a time -- raises the blood pressure!

Annie said...

Mother of God, what a stark world. I don't think these photos would be nearly as effective if they weren't in b/w.

Annie said...

Well, not precisely b/w but you get my drift. Ouch. No pun intended.

Quiet Paths said...

Oh my goodness, Deb! You'd better put a sign out in front of your lane: Snow for sale.

Honestly, I am just amazed.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Oh Deb---I just cannot even imagine that much snow and the drifts. How do you keep your roof from caving in???? Yipes!!! Do people in your area just stay at home during these heavy snows?

I guess people 'have' to go to work--but gee, I don't how. Guess your area is very prepared for this kind of weather. To me, it's totally mind-boggling.

Stay WARM, Deb.
Hugs,
Betsy

floreta said...

how cool. i really love the last picture. a little peak outside the snow. :)

Poetikat said...

Ooh, great photo at the bottom there. Reminds me of my bathroom window.

Hey Deb, hope you've got room on your blog for an award, because I'm giving you one.

Kat

Kallen305 said...

So sorry to hear about the problems this horrid weather is giving you. Just remember spring is another day closer.

Love the last photo!

Aleta said...

This looks downright scary! Stay safe!

Shellmo said...

It's been a harsh winter for you! I hope you have a lot of good food stocked up - a cozy fire - and a good book!

Cloudia said...

"The wind is a howling devil in white-face" WOW!
This post made me feel the bracing cold air in my lungs, the icey crystals down my neck, the ache of climbing huge drifts, aching cold fingers. The fun of being challenged by nature. One feels heroic, as I recall.
Thanks for a great little piece! Aloha-

Rose said...

I absolutely love that last photo! I like them all and reading your post makes me feel like I am there enjoying? it with you...maybe I should say sharing the feelings with you. Yet times like that never fail to give me a thrill!

Squirrel said...

when we were kids we got a lot more snow then we get now. of course our waists were closer to the ground, but still I remember playing in such deep snow --we'd pretend we were being sucked into quicksand, like in a tarzan movie. Nowadays little ones play in snow just 2 - 6 inches deep, not the same thing at all!

Kelly said...

BURRRRR!!! It sure does look cold!! You know, I never thought about the dryer blocking up with snow!

You sure did take beautiful photos that really give us a good take on the harsh and bitter cold! Stay warm!!

Indrani said...

So many snow covered shots...i have started to feel cold too.
Hope it is over fast!

magiceye said...

take care!
keep warm!

SandyCarlson said...

You have redefined winter for me, my friend. I admire your getting out there to get those pictures, even!

Easy wind and downy flake. Frost got it right for us. We have it easy. Winter has merely changed the clothes of our landscape by comparison to over there!

Ramblings of a Villas Girl said...

Hi Deborah! I shivered while I read this. Is this normal weather there? I don't know what I would do if we had that much snow. I go stir crazy staying inside just one day. Very smart though not running the dryer. I'm thinking warm thoughts for you. Lisa

Dee said...

Brrrrrrrrr- I shivered just reading your descriptions! That picture of the window is wonderful though!