We've had a few small snowfalls here this winter. It's not unusual to have a winter with little to now snow, but the past few have been snowy ones for us!
Just before the last snow melted, we got an evening of sleet and freezing rain! Everything was covered in a thin sheet of ice.
The next evening, the wind and rain picked up and temperatures dropped, causing the rain to freeze and branches to topple from the weight of the ice and the wind. Our power went out in the early afternoon and we scrambled to prepare for day or two without. The woodstove in the suite has needed repairs since we moved in and there's no time like the middle of an ice storm to fix it! Thankfully, my parents were able to get a hold of the last piece we needed and we managed to put it together just as it got dark and very cold! We stayed nice and warm in our little home with the woodstove roaring! The kids were excited to toast bagels for breakfast!
It was pretty crazy to watch the ice accumulate, it coated our windows and pelted the tin roof! We were so grateful for a warm place to watch it!
It was so crazy to go out in the morning and see how much ice and accumulated on everything, and the destruction it had done! Some branches had over and inch of ice!
Hank found a good place to hang out under the bus! He spends most of the day in the barn, but ventured out for a bit.
Almost as crazy as the ice on the trees was the ice on the ground! So many big chunks were falling from the branches, it wasn't safe for us to be near the trees! We lost quite a few big branches as well.
Thankfully we had a new stack of library books to enjoy while the power was out! The kids made sure to check the lights every 5 minutes to see if they worked. Abram told me he wished we just had a *little* bit of power back!
We were able to make a hot meal on the woodstove and eat together just before the power came back on! We were very fortunate to only be without for 24 hours, there are many people in our area who still don't have power after 3 days!