Well, it looks like the storm finally blew itself out. What a week it's been!
While Wednesday morning was calm, the wind blew hard Tuesday night and drifted snow across the road to about two feet deep. For some reason there's a sort of vortex at the end of our driveway which often makes the snow even deeper. Sure enough, here's a neighbor, stuck in the snow.
So Don and I grabbed shovels and went over to help.
Another neighbor with a snow plow attachment on her truck managed to make a little headway in the vicinity, which finally freed the stuck neighbor.
Then off went the truck in an attempt to make headway on the road with the plow. Got, oh, about a quarter mile and bottomed out. Boom, stuck.
Tools of the trade in this weather.
The first stuck neighbor backed his vehicle up all the way home, then returned to help free the second vehicle. He came with his dog sled. Well, why not?
It took five of us three hours to clear the truck to the point where it could be slowly backed up. Most of that was accomplished on our bellies, scooping snow out from under the truck chassis. Guess this means we're really and truly snowed in!
Or at least we were until late Wednesday afternoon when a fellow who lives nearby ran his grader up and down our road. Thanks!
For the next two days, it snowed and snowed and snowed. The plowed road quickly became unplowed again, undoing the work of the grader. However, our neighbor with the plow attachment was able to keep up after that, so long as there wasn't wind and drifts.
We got about a foot of snow above and beyond whatever we got on Blizzard Tuesday. Here's a tire sporting a jaunty cap.
The chickens aren't terribly happy. It's been much too snowy for them to wander far from the coop. They mostly stay huddled inside, the wimps.
Here's how to move hay bales in snowy weather.
The temperatures haven't been terribly cold, especially since the wind died. The beasties don't especially like the deep snow, but they beat down paths and so can get around fairly easily.
Pitched metal roofs are such an advantage in heavy snow. They accumulate snow up to a point...
...and then it all comes sliding down. Piles up underneath, but oh well -- better than a crushed roof.
Snow on the barn roof, which isn't pitched as steep as the house but still sheds snow nicely from its metal surface.
I like the way this photo turned out.
One of the dirt piles from the pond construction.
Quail in the garden.
A tentative moment of sun.
Older Daughter and some neighbor kids sledding into the pond hole.
They spent hours sledding. See? The pond isn't even finished and it's already providing recreational opportunities.
Here Older Daughter made a crash test dummy to see how steep a certain slope is.
Test result: too steep. The dummy died.
The temp actually rose barely above freezing today, and the worst is over. A neighbor and I even managed to get into town this afternoon to get our mail. Now we'll see how much, if any, of the snow melts.