Peevish Pen

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Location: Rural Virginia, United States

I'm an elderly retired teacher who writes. Among my books are Ferradiddledumday (Appalachian version of the Rumpelstiltskin story), Stuck (middle grade paranormal novel), Patches on the Same Quilt (novel set in Franklin County, VA), Them That Go (an Appalachian novel), Miracle of the Concrete Jesus & Other Stories, and several Kindle ebooks.

Sunday, February 07, 2010

Snowmageddon 2: Aftermath

The ice and snow finally stopped yesterday. The sun shone intermittently—just long enough to give us hope that the major Mid-Atlantic snowstorm was over. Ominous clouds still hung in the sky all morning. The bare trees sparkled.

In the early afternoon, clouds dissipated and the sun appeared. Our crepe myrtle looked as if it were hung with crystal pendants.

All around, ice-coated trees shimmered.

Icicles hung from the front porch roof; Smith Mountain appeared from the clouds.

My husband started clearing the driveways with his diesel tractor.  

He scraped enough snow off the upper driveway that we could get my PT Cruiser out.

This morning was bitterly cold, and the snow was frozen. Rivers of ice ran down—or sometimes across—the scraped roads. This day wasn't meant for travel. But we had no plans to go anywhere.

During this storm, we were lucky. Several times our power cut off momentarily and then came back on seconds later. But folks not far from us lost power for hours—I know a few who didn't have power all night.

Another "wintry mix" is expected Tuesday. We'll see how that goes.


Blogger Snappy Di said...

You'd think we were living in the Arctic tundra this year.... but it's pretty so, heck.... let it snow.


5:18 PM  
Blogger Kas said...

It sounds lovely especially as you could stay safe at home.

5:46 PM  
Blogger Sweet Virginia Breeze said...

Ice on the trees is always so sparkly in the sun. Pretty pictures. Glad you kept your power.

I'm hoping the next storm will go to the North of us.

8:51 PM  
Blogger CountryDew said...

You received more ice than we did. We have mostly snow. It's been some winter!

7:03 AM  

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