Autumn Nor’easter 2011

Unwelcomed but without any say in the matter, mother nature flew through the North East leaving in her wake 10+ inches of the heaviest snow possible in many areas, broken tree’s, downed power lines and much of the state without electricity.  I could hardly believe my eyes when looking out the window the morning after the storm.  It was just yesterday that I saw beautiful green grass, colorful mums, vibrant orange pumpkins strewn about our landscape with tree’s full of colorful autumn leaves.

Saturday 10/29/11 7AM (the morning after) – This is what I woke up to.  Off to the diner me and hubby went.  We love hoping into the Jeep when the weather or roads are foul!  Seriously though – we do.  Hardly anyone on the roads, the landscape is beautiful and then we’re rewarded with a hardy, warm meal at the diner.  My pics in this post were taken with my iPhone 4.  It did a pretty good job.

Couldn’t resist this picture of our water fountain.  How often do you see a running water fountain covered in snow?  You can’t really tell in the picture but it’s running!  We’d normally winterize her around Thanksgiving which usually works out until mother nature’s deranged sense of humor spills her guts before Halloween!

The day after we wanted chicken wings for the football game so off I go to grab some.  Here’s what I run into after coming around a 90 degree corner – bamb a fallen tree on power lines next to a ledge.  UGH!!!  The road wasn’t even closed off.  Now how the heck am I going to turn my car around – you can’t see behind the picture but there was a log in the road so selecting my turn around spot was tricky and I wasn’t about to drive up under those power lines.  I ended up having to get out of the car and rolling the log off the road all the while praying that the power lines the tree is sitting on didn’t give way and come down on me & secondly that another driver didn’t come around that 90 degree corner and hit me.  I was a ball of nerves!

Finally accomplish my 20-point turn and thought “are the chicken wings really worth me driving the other way around” which is longer and I’m wondering what hurdles I might run into the other way.  So now my brain is fixated on my husband wanting chicken wings and honestly me too so now while I’m hurdling 1/2 cut up tree trunks in the road leaving one passing lane, I’m thinking “chicken wings and football are a perfect match – why didn’t I buy them the other day when I did pre-storm grocery shopping???”.  I ended up making the trek for the chicken wings which took me a total of 1 hour 15 minutes when it should’ve only taken 25 minutes.  It was so worth it though!

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