The Weather Outside Was Frightful

This weekend my state had a HUGE ice storm. Bigger than anything I, or anyone I know, have ever seen before. A lot of towns still have no power, from damage to power lines, etc. Trees have been devestated – a lot of homes and cars were damaged by falling branches, etc. Most of my family and friends are currently without power. We are blessed. The only damage we personally had was the loss of our cable for two days and our internet up until about thirty minutes ago.

I missed you. I missed my calorie count website. It was weird being forcibly away from all this while at home. But I couldn’t help but see how blessed we are to still have heat, water, electricity and even tv again so quickly. A lot of people can’t say the same. And now another storm is a ‘brewing and there is a chance we’ll be doing it all over again – will we get lucky twice? Or maybe this storm just won’t be as bad. Here’s hoping.

Anyway, I’m not ashamed to admit I marked a lot of your new entries as read, saving a small handful that I could manage. At least it’s only Monday and it was largely weekend posts I’ll have missed. It’s getting late and this is probably all I’ll post for today, not that that’s unusual for a Monday. But I wanted to check in, mention where I’ve been not that many of you are likely to have noticed, and to write down my thoughts from the weekend. The weather has been frightful and it’s not over yet – it reminds you to try and be prepared for more and to count your blessings where they fall – to remember things are totally different every day all the time. Nothing – not even 150 year old beautiful, majestic trees – last forever.

Driving through town this weekend has been heartbreaking, like driving through a war zone or the spot of a natural disaster. I’m lucky to not know what I’m talking about – to not know it could be WORSE WORSE WORSE – that this is probably the worst I’ve ever personally seen – but to know the tree my son used to swing on last summer, that was so tall and old, it had been there practically forever, is gone now. And many more like it. So many people I know are still trying to get rid of the debris. I hope if another storm does indeed blow through, that it takes mercy on the people already trying to pick up the pieces.

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  1. I am still without power. The storm hit Thursday – but it’s been 4.5 days of no power. We are lucky to have Jim’s generator (as Barre got power before us). Main streets in Rutland are up now (so your Grandma may be warm now). But there is speculation we will be out until Friday. Some are saying until Christmas – depending on what happens with this storm.

    The national guard has been in Rutland since yesterday. I have alot to say and will be posting soon. It’s upsetting and scary. And I don’t know how it will all play out, but I’m happy me and my family are safe.

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  2. Wow! I wondered where you were. My sil in New Hampshire got lucky since the rest of town was out of electricity for days but they were only out for 24 hrs. Hubby was in Bosnia while the fighting was going on & some of the pix I have would make you cry. They are just unbelievable.

    I will be praying that you keep power! There’s nothing like not having power when you have a little one plus being pregnant.

    We’ve actually got snow in our forecast. We never get snow. I live in the wilds of Arizona. Not just the wilds but down near the border! Snow?!!!

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  3. @ Karen : I really hope everyone gets their power back before 11 days – my grandmother’s house is always cold – the thought of them being without heat at all… they’re OLD you know? they need their heat!

    The weather man says we’ll be getting storms all week of different kinds, I just hope they are not as bad as this weekend in severity – so many people are still trying to get over the one we just got. But it looks like there will be snow this Christmas so that’s sort of nice I guess.

    I hate the winter.

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  4. @ Jean : I’ve SEEN a tornado but it never touched down where we were at least, so I’ve never first hand seen that kind of damage but I know it’s terrible. Like i said I’m feeling pretty lucky that this is the worst I’ve seen so far!

    And funny you should mention it, but I started getting morning sickness YESTERDAY!

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  5. @ Jen : I’d NEVER seen anything like it – we get lots of snow and cold weather and ice, but this was scary – even after it was over, the tree branches were all covered in ice for days and once you’d seen what damage they could do, they all looked threatening, hanging there. Things are finally melting, I hope they continue to get better. I know we’re getting more storms but hopefully they are more on the “normal” side.

    haha if you even knew HOW MUCH hot cocoa I actually have you’d laugh – I doubt I’ll run out any time soon! 😛

    I’m already thinking about SUMMER

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  6. Yikes! Hoping the second storm doesn’t materialize and your heat/electricity stays on. I don’t think I’ve ever seen an ice storm like yours. You have plenty of hot cocoa, right? I’m already thinking spring!

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  7. I just knew there was something “up”. I figured the morning sickness had done you in.
    So glad you have heat and internet!
    My parents were also hit with a huge ice storm last year they were out of power for 3 days. I just can’t even imagine. I have seen war zone though and that was the 99 tornadoes that hit OK. That kind of thing is just indescribable.
    Sending you some warm thoughts and hoping it doesn’t hit again.

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  8. I’m so sorry to hear about the damage/power loss. We went through the worst ice storm in our city’s history in January 07. We were without power for 11 days and 90% of our city went black.

    I know exactly what you mean when you say war zone – that was exactly how we were. It was bizarre. Not just being without electricity, but not being able to seek warmth (we had zero degree nights with no heat). We spent all of our time and energy on just surviving the cold. I finally had to break down and go to a laundry mat to wash our clothes – me and the rest of the city – I was there for four hours and my clothes still weren’t dry. I came home and just cried because it was all so overwhelming.

    Hang in there. And I pray you’re spared this second go-around. We got some sleet last night and the roads are pretty slick today, but apparently, we dodged the biggest bullet. We have snow in our forecast tonight – 2 to 4 inches.

    Don’t you LOVE winter? *sigh*

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