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Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Living in a movie.

Perhaps some of you have seen the movie Snow Falling on Cedars. It is a beautifully filmed, haunting story and was shot in Vancouver, B.C. I think. It is a study of life in black and white with a bit of sepia for color.

For the last few days I have been living in this same kind of colorless world. Daylight brought only shades of grey and the darkness had an eerie feeling of something trying to come to life on the branches of the trees. But a coming to life didn't happen. It was cold, it snowed and snowed. Roofs collapsed from Spokane to our little corner of Sandpoint. We shoveled and pushed snow wherever there was an open space. The plow driver was merciless and laughed at the berms he created at intersections; berms he had no intention of clearing. All of the neighbors banded together and worked 12 hours to dig out our mile of road.

Then in blew an ill wind. It carried portents of things to come. It brought more snow, but this snow was heavy with water that slapped when it hit my face. The snow turned to rain and I swear I could hear the roofs 100 miles away falling in on the thankfully empty stores and homes. As I lay in bed, I could hear the rumble of the snow sliding off of our roof; pitched for just this purpose. This odd house, this home of ours that holds so many memories was originally a shop; a shop built to withstand the weight of 3 weeks of continuous snow and that bad tempered rain. We are safe. Our roof and home are intact.

But the ills left behind are heavy, wet snow that can't be lifted. And while we are blessed to be safe at the moment.....the snow thrower is broken and in the shop.....taken to the shop in the truck on slickery roads, and we are out of diesel for the tractor. That problem will be resolved today with another life threatening drive. Meanwhile, we wait for the call that will tell us how sick the snow thrower really is.

Monday....
Tuesday morning......

Tuesday afternoon......


This morning.....


16 comments:

sageweb said...

Wow what pretty shots..and what amazing weather you live in. Hope the snow thrower gets better soon.

Evil Twin's Wife said...

The snow does look beautiful, but I know dealing with it is less than endearing. Fingers crossed for an early thaw!

jan said...

Can you take solace in the fact that the earth is once again plummeting toward the warmth of the sun and spring is just a few ticks away?

madretz said...

that is just out of control. i want it to stop for you too. what can i do?? Wet, cold, icy and slushy sounds worse to me than regular snow.

I don't know whose blog I was browsing (not one of my regulars) but she posted photos that she said were not in B&W, but they were all devoid of any other color. It sounds like that is what you have been experiencing...till that snowy wet rain. But when you mentioned the movie, it made me think of that.

kenju said...

We're having weird weather - but nothing like that! I hope it goes away for you soon and stays away!

Mom said...

Beautifully written post. Sounds eerie and cold.

Sling said...

Damm..That's like Donner party weather!

cs said...

Hey Ro: Hopefully the melt will calm things a bit fo you this weekend. It has helped us a lot down here..now only if it DOESN'T FREEZE UP! We spent days shoveling the roofs and finding room for the 10 tons that came off the shop alone. Some winter so far, eh?

It's good to be cozy. I like cozy. Cozy is good for you. Just look at the kitties. They are all about cozy. You're cozy...
hugs

kenju said...

Are you now having flooding like they are in WA?

rosemary said...

thanks everyone for visiting...

our garage on the west flooded and we had to use push brooms with squeegees to clean it out to a degree. It poured all day yesterday but slowed down a lot last night. We had our road plowed, but it is pure ice and we have not ventured out. We are safe, still have power although the wind is blowing and the saturated trees snap easily. The pantry is full and we got diesel and a power ball ticket last night.

Miss Healthypants said...

Hmmm, do you think you might have a bit of "SAD" (seasonal affective disorder)? Could be...

Also, I really think you might like Dr. Dyer--see the comment I wrote to you on my blog. :)

Middle Child said...

For me an Aussie who has scarcely ever seen snow...its like reading about a sci fi fantasy land...rooves collapsing...etc etc..

Its so different.

kenju said...

Rosemary, I am continuing my de-cluttering today - I even have a box of discards that I will try to foist off onto my kids and/or grandkids!! If they don't want them, it's off to Goodwill.

Hope your rain has gone now.

Shammickite said...

The worst is when there's lots of snow and the ground is pretty well frozen, and we get heavy rain and a thaw.... that's when I have to have the shop vac ready in case of a wet basement.

Cazzie!!! said...

Wow, what a difference some Sun makes. It all looks gorgeous but I understand it when you say conditions are still dangerous with slushy ice on the roads and all. Take extra care won't you?

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