Tolkien, artist

It's a Wintery World

 I claim that we live in the Helcaraxe during most winters, but this one is SO living up to the name. We did get our expected 3"-5" snowfall overnight, and we are expected to get 1"-2" hourly from 6am through noon and then small flurries until Sunday morning. This is WAY more than I bargained for when I moved up here 31 years ago. I am SO NOT looking forward to shoveling my way through the world today and tomorrow. And, even though we probably won't have much, if any, business today, I still will have to shovel out and try to get to the shop. The next problem will come with the parking lot. If the landlord hasn't brought out his Bobcat and plowed the lot, we'll have some problems. I am VERY tempted to put a "Closed Due to Weather" sign on the door and call the day a loss. But it is the holiday season and we need the sales.

Bobcat Tractor
Bobcat tractors are small but powerful. Our landlord has one and
it is one of his favorite toys.

I hope that my Italian restaurant is open tonight. I have a feeling that many places will be closed today because of the storm. We are actually used to snow up here, but a storm of this magnitude takes a little bit of time to get one's balance back after a punch like this. It would have been so much better if it had waited another 24 hours before hitting us....
  • Current Location: Huddled in my Blankie
  • Current Mood: sleepy sleepy
  • Current Music: Ottorino Respighi - Church Windows
And the Fell Winter came down from the North...

That is certainly what it feels like, and it seems to be a lot of northern North America and Northern Europe, although we have a rather piddly Atlantic weather system for a day or two which brings in milder air, before the cold clamps down again.

I became used to mild winters. In the autumn the old hurricane cores bounce of North America and trundle across to us, bringing mild, wet and windy weather. Lately that's been stalled by a huge high pressure in the north that acts like a 'roadblock' (I think that's what they actually call it in the Met Office) so it prevents the Atlantic flow getting to us, and we get the kind of weather that you and people in northern Europe usually do -- except we are just never prepared. Scotland's main motorways looked like something from a post-apocalyptic movie, and they're more used to snow than we are. I just wish they would tell us where to buy grit to do our own drives, and the road leading onto it, because if every-one did it, the cars would spread the grit and our residential areas would not become ice rinks. It's really dangerous. There is a sheltered housing complex (for over 50's) just along the road, and they grit the parking area and a few feet of the pavement each side. Beyond that it's packed snow frozen into sheet ice, both the road and the path, which is senseless to me. :\
Oh, that's bad. We deal with snow every year, so we actually know what to do with it. But, even though they pre-treated the roads, they are recommending travel for emergencies only today. I will try to get to work, but I am very tempted to call it a snow day and go back home. I'll discuss it with my DH and see what he thinks. Even though my car is great on ice, she's not as good on snow because she's fairly low to the ground. She can get stuck and it would not make me happy.

- Erulisse (one L)
Even though my car is great on ice, she's not as good on snow because she's fairly low to the ground. She can get stuck and it would not make me happy.

Oh gosh, no, you do not want to be stuck :(
Most certainly. I travel only on snow emergency routes, but the intersections can still get a bit dicey.

BTW - like my new user pic? I was fond enough of it to add it to my little grouping.

- Erulisse (one L)
It is "The Death of Hyacinthus", by Merry-Joseph Blondel. A poem that I read today sparked me to revisit the myth of Hyacinth and Apollo and one of the illustrations was this lovely thing. I knew my LJ slash friends would also love it.

- Erulisse (one L)