Portland's Weather Widget is a new
one for me... I have not seen the "bouncing ice balls"
The weather forecasters
have been calling our wintery
weather an "Arctic Blast" for
the past eight days. We have been
making fun of them... until
today. It finally does feel like
an Arctic Blast in Portland.
Friends in Minneapolis and
Salt Lake City should not make
fun of us... Portland is already
$1M over budget for its winter
road plowing, salting, etc... I say what road plowing? I have not seen one plowed street yet. We can see I-5 from our house and it is not even plowed. There is barely a car or truck in sight. I still have not heard any official reports on how much snow fell yesterday, but at our house, there is at least eight solid inches and there are drifts of up to two feet. Now there is a layer of ice covering everything. We will not be going anywhere today.
When I was a kid, I remember
ice storms and large branches would
break from the trees under the weight
of all the ice. Since most of the trees in
our yard are relatively young and small,
I am hoping this does not happen to them.
Our "terraced" front yard is
now just one big snow drift. No
sign anywhere of Danny's
The snow on the deck blew into big
drifts away from the house and has left
some very odd looking lumps.
I'm not sure if this is anything like crop circles,
but the snow on the picnic table is really freaky.
No one has touched it and there is nothing
on the table except that green pitcher?
Weird, I know!
The backyard is a winter
wonderland that only Lily is
brave enough to explore.
The drifts at the garage door are upwards of
two feet. Yesterday I sang the praises of my
awesome Volvo and then last night Michael
tried to take it out to the video store and got
stuck in the middle of the street. I had to
nix the trip to the store and bring the thing
back into the garage... three teenage boys
and a lot of shoveling was involved.
Next time: Michael does not drive the car in the snow.