Snow canyons

(Feb 16 12:53 p.m.)
(Feb 16 12:53 p.m.)

One day.  Just one day, and the height of the snow turned ridiculous.  (For us, anyway.)

(Feb 16 12:50 p.m.)
(Feb 16 12:50 p.m.)

That object you see sticking out, inserted into a snow bank in the front yard so it’s hitting solid ground, is a yard stick.  The bank measures just under 28 inches by that photo, including some collected snow shoveled out of the path.

(Feb 16 10:43 a.m.)
Front porch. (Feb 16 10:43 a.m.)

Imagine waking up to the above sight overnight.

(Feb 16 2:32 p.m.)
Took quite a bit of shoveling to get to this point… (Feb 16 2:32 p.m.)

…And once again reaching car height.  The drifts of snow had slightly added to each path making it difficult to measure exactly how much we got overnight, but I measured just under 15″ with the yard stick.  Yes, a foot of snow in one day.

(Feb 16 2:42 p.m.)
Slowly freeing the back of the house. (Feb 16 2:42 p.m.)

…And considering I am drifting in a falling-asleep manner, I should wrap this up soon… But there are so many photos for Thursday.

(Feb 16 1:46 p.m.)
Need to get some of this off the roof to prevent damage. (Feb 16 1:46 p.m.)

Using more than one type of shovel…

(Feb 16 1:33 p.m.)
A bit rusty. (Feb 16 1:33 p.m.)

…Spanning over two hours (see the time stamps for the photos— in their respective captions), including the manpower (or womanpower) of my mother, digging to and around the car… the shoveling for the day was no small feat.

(Feb 16 1:48 p.m.)
Snow hole. (Feb 16 1:48 p.m.)

It made for vigorous exercise, at least on my part.  I may have overexerted myself along the way.  And now I have holes in my shoes.

(Feb 15 2:55 p.m.)
Deathcicles 3.0. (Feb 15 2:55 p.m.)

At night, it was above freezing, that the icicles were melting and dripping, but the falling precipitation was still roughly snow.  It was a bit of freeze-over that made the new surface of the snow banks less soft than before, and made the roads a little more dangerous.

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(Feb 16 12:55 p.m.)

The power went out at 11:39 p.m. last night, marking our first outage in a while (while conscious, anyway).  It went out for a few seconds a couple times over the course of about ten minutes until finally going out for several hours.  But I had finished Penny Dreadful and watched Arrival before the blackout, not to mention having the time to finish reading the Motorist Handbook (except for the motorcycle portion) and chat with my faraway friend a bit (the smartphone had a full charge… for 2012 technology)… So my night wasn’t empty.  And it turns out that Dreadful might return for a fourth season on another network, or streaming… or in comic book form.

(Feb 16 6:38 p.m.)
(Feb 16 6:38 p.m.)

The PC having been shut off suddenly and automatically rebooting, the system is now messed up— having extreme delays in loading icons, even file properties.  Since starting up Thursday, I tried recovering from an earlier state, checked for errors… nothing fixed the issue.  So now I’m stuck with less of a system.

Heavy with snow, drooping limbs. (Feb 16 12:55 p.m.)
Heavy with snow, drooping limbs.  (My mother, with some of her share of shoveling, captured here.) (Feb 16 12:55 p.m.)

So I’ve actually been using the Photos app on the iPhone, the origin for the photos in this post, to get their times.  (It’s a good thing I didn’t delete them.)

In non-snow matters, there was a political gathering of some kind, with music, outside the USM library building that night.

(Feb 16 6:35 p.m.)
(Feb 16 6:35 p.m.)

“RESIST” spelled out in individual lights, if I recall correctly.  The gathering may have gotten the attention of the press that there was a news van across the street and a few blocks down.  For legal reasons, the posted image here is at reduced resolution.

…Well, that’s it for now.  I need to sleep.  Have a good morning (or night, or afternoon), dear reader, wherever you are in the world. 🙂

While in the dark, I had discovered that Mr. Skeleton now has a bow tie. (Feb 16 12:12 a.m.)
While in the dark, I had discovered that Mr. Skeleton now has a bow tie. (Feb 16 12:12 a.m.)
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