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Digging Out

 So, Sunday the main roads were cleared beautifully, and the intersections between main plow routes were also fine. But the side streets are a disaster right now so many people spent Sunday trying to dig out. A week that started out with so much promise, only two weeks away from Christmas Day, ended up in financial disaster. My Saturday and Sunday combined netted us less than $300! A hard year's financial data was made even harder and I am not looking forward to doing the books this morning.

Metrodome Roof Collapse
 There should be a roof about those cement walls. The
Metrodome was another victim of our storm.

This was a extraordinary snow storm, placing in one of our top five of all time (all of which I've been up here for - sigh). We were supposed to have a football (that's American football) game here on Sunday. The NY Giants were unable to get to the Twin Cities because the airport closed for the first time in 19 years. Then, on Sunday morning, the weight of the snow caused two tears in the roof of the Metrodome, collapsing the roof. The football game ended up being postponed to Monday night, and moved to Detroit, Michigan instead. It will be some serious work to get the dome back up and functional quickly, but it's been done once before. I have posted "Before" and "After" pics for you to laugh along with me.


Metrodome

This is how the Metrodome is supposed to look -
rather like a giant marshmallow rising from a pan.

The snow left after dumping 17 inches of snow in 18 hours. I shoveled, and shoveled, and shoveled again. We still need to shovel our smaller house - a house that it still in our family that we've been fixing up to sell. In today's real estate market, it just isn't worth putting on the market yet, but that means that we have to maintain it. But it is on a side street and we couldn't get anywhere close to it yesterday. In fact the streets are so bad that a fire truck couldn't get close to a burning house, resulting in several deaths. We are hoping that either the East-West or the North-South side streets have now been plowed so that we can get within a block. We can walk from there and get the snow shoveled. We'll have to bundle up though, the temps are below zero (currently we are at -6 F [-21 C] with windchills down to -30 F [-34 C]). I'm just grateful that it is over, that my DH made it home in one piece, and that we are cozy at home even though we still need to pull snow off our roof on Tuesday to avoid ice dams. This winter is a killer and we have to be a bit careful.
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Sheesh you are getting it badly :(

But it is on a side street and we couldn't get anywhere close to it yesterday. In fact the streets are so bad that a fire truck couldn't get close to a burning house, resulting in several deaths.

Good grief, that is awful. The side streets (small residential ones, and most people live in them here, in estates, few people live on wide main roads that get gritted) are the same. I don't know what the heck they would do if we got the kind of snow you have!

we still need to pull snow off our roof on Tuesday to avoid ice dams

What is an ice dam?

Keep warm. You can have Van. :) He thinks I am a wuss, but he is only a slave driver to me, not other women ;-)
I can have Van???? Oh, thank you SO much. I could use his help and his warmth. Both would be VERY welcome (I can just fall into violet eyes - LOL).

Let's see - ice dams. Ice dams often form in cold climates when snow accumulates on the slanted roof of a house and warm air is underneath it in the attic (or in my case, I have a great room with a vaulted ceiling. This warm air heats the roof from underneath which melts the snow. The meltwater flows down the roof underneath the snow into the gutter where it freezes, causing later melts to be unable to flow to the gutter and escape. This causes a leaking roof and can be very damaging to a house. We watch carefully for this because our architecture lends itself to this problem and we've had leaks in the past.

- Erulisse (one L)
Off to get her tires looked at since they seemed flat in yesterday's cold and we can't have that happen! Van is welcome to come to work with me..... :-))))
The meltwater flows down the roof underneath the snow into the gutter where it freezes, causing later melts to be unable to flow to the gutter and escape. This causes a leaking roof and can be very damaging to a house

Oh I see, thank you.

Van is welcome to come to work with me..... :-))))

I am sure he would do it for you, if you heat him some mulled wine :D
I think all of my middle-aged female customers would be so overwhelmed by Van that I wouldn't do any business - they would just stand around staring at him (all to the good). I'll just mull him some wine at home..... :D

- Erulisse (one L)
Who only slid through one iced intersection today on the way to work. It could have been worse...
Who only slid through one iced intersection today on the way to work. It could have been worse...

Oh my gosh! I don't drive, but Mum says there is nothing more scary than sliding on ice, completely out of control. Take care!

I'll just mull him some wine at home..... :D

Hee, of course! d;-)
I think all of my middle-aged female customers would be so overwhelmed by Van that I wouldn't do any business - they would just stand around staring at him.

Ah hahahahahahaha! That's a very amusing image!
That's a very amusing image!

Lol. He could model some stuff. You could just...hang things from him or something d;-)
Well, he is so gorgeous. He rather takes over space. Here in my computer room, sprawled in the other chair, the room suddenly seems much smaller, more contained, more dominated... Silly me, letting a character take over my life like that for a day. But Sian was kind enough to allow him to land on my doorstep for a day and I plan to take full advantage of his presence.

Yes, the winter of 1987/88 was a vicious one for the Upper Midwest. I hope you're having an easier time of it in Boston and that your new home is working out for you. Of course, I'm sure it is - it has holly by the doorway, after all.

- Erulisse (one L)
OMG, I feel for you, both on the snow and the business fronts. I live on a side road too, and it becomes an icerink of massive proportions because the council never grits it, so we neighbours have to try and dig ourselves all the way to the main road.

I hope it won't get so cold here. Our boiler is still dodgy, needs replacing, but the company that will be dfoing it have said it will be no earlier than January!
Oh, a boiler is SO necessary. I hope along with you that yours can limp along until it gets replaced. Such a horrible winter, yet we are warm and have food - way better than others, so I am grateful.

- Erulisse (one L)
Wow, that really is Helcaraxe! I'm sorry the weather spoiled your finances. :( Hope things pick up!
It totally IS the Helcaraxe. And a small drabble occurred to me while I was shoveling (I think that was the 4th time...or maybe the 3rd?). Maybe one of these days I'll actually put it down on paper - real or E.

- Erulisse (one L)
*Uses blazing Chihuly sun icon instead of snowflake icon*

The snow left after dumping 17 inches of snow in 18 hours.

Holy moly. That's a tremendous rate. And then the cold Arctic air mass moving in, -6F with -30F windchills...brrr. We experienced a few intense winters when we lived in Madison, WI. The winter of 1987/88 especially. Storm after storm dumped snow on southern WI followed by crystal clear but frigid temps. Likewise, the high temps did not break zero. I have a great deal of respect for that kind of cold!

Really sorry to hear about the retail situation at the store. :^(
I am originally from "Little Siberia" (that's what the folks out here in Flaky California call MN, you see) and remember the March morning when I was 10 when I stubbed my toe on the top of the speed limit sign in front of my house - after a winter where the 4-lane highway that was my "street" was closed down to 2 lanes, with the snow piled so high that only about the top 12" of the semi trailers going by would show above the snow.

We moved out here that very next summer.

:-D
I understand completely. The shorter street lights are almost at the top of the piles of snow right now and it's not even Solstice yet. I have a LOT of winter still to come.... Having a nice, warm, (tall) elf to keep me company is helping a lot, though. Thanks, Sian.

- Erulisse (one L)
In spite of the winter (where your description may yet come true again) and the summers where the heat is like a sauna, we have some of the prettiest springs and colorful falls and I do truly love living here most of the time. I'd better, I've been here since the late 70's and it's a bit late to decide that I don't like it here. But I have a lot of friends in CA who just want to look at snow in picture postcards, not get the whole experience - LOL.

- Erulisse (one L)