There is nothing like being away from home, to remind you once again how much you love it. I have made no small mention of how much I adore The Fortune Cookie. Well I was house sitting for a dear friend in Olympia for a little over a week. With her two dogs and my Riley. It has been a fun adventure with lots of cuddling and constant playing.
Then the snow hit. Now, I was really enjoying the snow. Taking walks in it every day and enjoying it’s general splendor. I was enjoying walking to the store, as it was little over a mile round trip and worked through some of my cabin fever. I was getting dreads done and enjoying my tea. Then it started to get a bit colder and wetter and even more snow. I can say that this is the most snow I recall ever participating in, or being stuck in that did not involve me being on a mountain.
My car had been stuck in place for a number of days and the snow was starting to freeze on top. Then the power went out. Thankfully, the house I was sitting at had a gas stove. Then it started to rain, freezing rain. Living in ‘The Evergreen State’ means we have a whole lot of trees. When freezing rain happens, it tends to stay on these trees. It looks really neat, seeing whole trees encased in ice. However, the trees do not take too well to this after a short time.
For three days I was listening to whole trees around me crack and fall. Branches falling all the time and ice making loud boom noises as it crashes to the ground. These trees and branches taking out homes, power lines, cars and out buildings.
Tales of the property where The Fortune Cookie is stationed were nerve-wracking. My land-mates have been having a heck of a time. Seeing as the property is home to 22 dogs, 23 if you count Riley and 6 (sometimes 8 ) people, if you include me. Trees are falling all around them. All the fencing and many of the kennels had trees fall on them. All the people and dogs are safe thankfully, but man is that scary. My heart and prayers have been with them the whole time.
To top it off, The Fortune Cookie got it’s first war wound. Apparently a small tree fell on my house and cracked a shingle. I was updated with pictures and reassurance that The Frozen Cookie is okay. Along with a pic of a couple large trees laying rather dramatically alongside my house. Man, talk about having nightmares. Being a home owner of a large, medium, or tiny sized house is scary business during weather emergencies.
In an effort to keep an eye on my house in the back lot, my land-mates pretty new Subaru got stuck in the back property. I appreciate their diligence and feel really bad. Many branches have blocked the drive to my house in the interim. Luckily, they were able to get the Subaru out after a couple days when the snow melted a bit.
However, I am home now. The power is still out, so dread making is at a halt for the time being. So, my posts may be a little scattered for now. However, on Wednesday you can expect a beautiful feature post on dreads. So keep an eye out! Just know that I am snug in my little house and grateful for my propane heater and stove.
Hope all of you survived the storm intact!