Saturday, January 07, 2017

The Storm

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I didn't know whether to cancel trapping at a distant trailer park for early this morning or not.   A freezing rain event was to go through starting near 10:00 a.m.   I hate to waste spay neuter spots I had to get over a month in advance.   I had 10 reservations in Salem Monday for those trailer park cats.   In the end, I called the Stayton trailer park cat caretaker and cancelled, and it was a good thing, storm came earlier than expected and freezing rain began to sputter down just after 7:00 a.m.

For over an hour it was freezing rain.   The hummingbird feeder would freeze over within 20 minutes of me unfreezing it.  I don't know how my one hummingbird has survived nights in the teens.

Now its turned to snow.  For awhile it snowed hard in huge fat drifting flakes that were mesmerizing to watch.

There's not that much snow and its given traction to the concrete of my sloped driveway and the asphalt of the street.  I have not ventured out in my car and won't, but others on the block finally have.  The mailman faithfully drove through too.  Nothing stops the mail.

Freezing rain is far worse than snow.  Now that its snow, everybody is breathing easier.  But its supposed to return to freezing rain, that will lodge down inside the loose construction of snow and then all will freeze, I fear.  One big fricking sliding rink then.

But for now its all quiet and pretty, all of life dampered down and pure and so few cars out one could pretend easy enough to not live in a crowded city along a packed to the max freeway.

So I'm drifting in and out of sleepy dreams today, pretending.

Ice this morning

At noon now its snow

This morning it was ice coating the street. 


Snow now, nice and powdery, good traction





11 comments :

  1. Wow.
    Snuggle down, stay safe and have a much deserved rest.

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    1. Yup taking it easy, although I have finished almost a dozen projects I'd put off, due to being busy. I even turned around the shelf I'd put on upside down and backwards. Feeling good!

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  2. Nasty, trapped inside by cold as we were yesterday trapped inside by heat.

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    1. Yup, trapped and not that sad about it. Actually, I was out playing in the snow a bit.

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  3. So glad you're safe! It was interesting for me in my twenties to move from the Great Lakes snow belt region in northeastern Ohio to find freezing rains in the state's southwestern Miami Valley. Even fairly extreme snow is easier to overcome than ice.

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    1. Snow is not a difficult problem, not even to drive on, but ice certainly is. There is no way to get much traction on ice, unless the road has been sanded well or graveled or salted.

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    2. Here we often have black ice patches and you have no idea its there til you're spinning in circles on the road, praying no other car is coming and that the river is far from where you finally stop.

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    3. Oh, I hate black ice. I've been treading across parking lots with extreme care. A coworker of mine once banged the back of her head so hard after a fall that she lost her sense of smell/taste.

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    4. Yes, black ice is the worst. A friend outside Corvallis lives on a steep hill. they had to park their cars at the bottom and she slipped a couple times trying to get down and got a concussion.

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