Monday, February 7, 2011

It Snowed!!!

Last week was astounding. First they said Houston would get snow, and they only got some ice. The weather people really didn't know what was going to happen. Up here in New Braunfels, we got about a quarter of an inch of snow. This snow had an ice base, so that meant that I-10 was closed in San Antonio, and 35 was closed through New Braunfels. We have mainly overpasses here, so they just closed the whole stretch. It was a magical wonderland and a rarity in this part of the woods. Kids got out of school, parents stayed home from work, and everybody robbed the lids off their trashcans and looked for a place to sled.
 This stuff was very dry powder. I guess it's great for skiing. Son managed to pack enough of it together to make a wee little snowman on top of his truck hood.
 Dog and I took a walk with the camera. This is the view up my road from the gate. I loved how the snow crunched under my shoes.
 A view of the backyard from the upstairs bathroom window.
 An artistic shot of snow and rocks.
 This is from the front balcony down to the front yard. It makes me sigh deeply with contentment.
 Another artsy fartsy shot of yucca in the snow. I knew you wanted to see artsy fartsy. You're welcome.
 But the pipes from the well froze. Three nights of sub freezing temps did a number on exposed pvc pipes. Have no clue why they put them that way. Once I put an electric blanket on the pipes and covered that with more blankets, it thawed slowly. I ended up with some pretty foul water for a bit. It took a while, but I finally got clear water. Add that to the list of things we have to take care of on top of the addition that FIL lives in. It is not insulated. His window unit barely put out any heat, so I popped two space heaters in there and ran a fan blowing into the house to blow out the cold air. After years of living in crappy houses, I found that if you blow air out of the cold room, warm air will return. I managed to get him toasty warm.
How was your cold weather? Sister in Houston found out that heat pumps are worthless in cold weather.


SusanB-knits said...

We had some ice and a little snow. Enough to close school for a day or two (not having kids I didn't pay much attention). I didn't go out all week! I did have a fire in the fireplace for about 2 days! It was nice inside.
Great pics of the snow.

Otter said...

I wish I could have had a fire in the stove, but we haven't gotten around to firing it up yet, so didn't want to do that without hubby being home in case something went wrong.