Snow, Snow……. Snowtorious!

February 9, 2010


It is definitely coming down now! The roads, our walkway and our driveway are covered already. I hope our nice, young shovelers come by on Thursday.

Snow Flakes

I think we might be getting a bit of a drift around our Veuve bottle.


*Thanks to Duran Duran for this blog title. Did anyone get that besides me? I fear some more of those may be coming your way…..Next update 12 AM (if I can stay awake!)

Here We Go Again!

February 9, 2010

4:15 PM-Tuesday

The snow began here at 4:15 PM. It was initially tiny, fluffy flurries. However, now it is 6:45 and the snow has mixed a bit with freezing rain and is coming down much harder. Even though the temperature was above freezing today, the roads are already covered.  We just watched the 6 PM news-NBC 4- and heard the latest. Apparently the storm will produce 8-12 inches here in Falls Church. Heaviest snow will fall after 12 AM. Winds tomorrow will be gust 30-40 mph. Widespread power outages are very likely when evergreen tree branches, already covered with snow from the first storm, become coated with more ice and snow from this storm, are then hit with the high winds and snap off, falling onto power lines and bringing them down in the process. Bummer. On Sunday when we had a three hour power outage, I was most unhappy. Keep your fingers crossed for us.

Back to the flat roof anxieties-We just heard that this new storm will add 5,000 lbs. to the average roof! Yikes!!! I am definitely on the verge of a panic attack! However, I did feel somewhat better when they went on to explain that the amount of snow already on DC Metro area roofs added up to 20 lbs. per square inch. This new storm will add 5 lbs. per square inch, for a total of 25 lbs. per square inch. Building code dictates that roofs be built to withstand 30 lbs. per square inch minimum, but they can usually stand twice that amount. They went on to say, “DO NOT SHOVEL ROOFTOPS” because it is very dangerous. Hmmm…I guess I feel a bit less crazed, though I know my house was built in 1882 and don’t know what the building codes were like then.

The Federal Government is closed again tomorrow. That is three days in a row!  Possibly a record. I just spoke with the office I’m supposed to work with tomorrow and they have decided to close as well. Sooo……I will be updating the blog every 4 hours as I did per the last storm. I have decided not to use the fire hydrant as a measuring stick this time. It is difficult to reach now what with all the plowing. We will be using the bottle displayed below. Yay! Our favourite champagne-Veuve Clicquot. Don’t worry, no champagne was harmed in the production of this blog-the bottle is empty(don’t know how that could have happened.)

Veuve-4:15 PM-Tuesday

See everyone again at 8 PM!

Timeline Photos of Snowpocalypse

February 9, 2010


Good news! I made it in to work today and arrived safely back home. We only saw patients from 7 AM until 12 noon, but it is likely the only work or should I say the only dental hygiene type of work that I will do all week-what with the second storm bearing down on us as I write. The roads were passable, but I am so, so happy we have the Tacoma (aka Lopez). I can’t imagine driving on them with a regular car. Once I arrived at work I noticed that the new tables/umbrellas in the courtyard looked different. They almost looked wind blown, but it seems the umbrellas buckled from the weight of all the snow!

Damaged Umbrellas

Speaking of structural integrity, a big topic of conversation around here is that all of the flat roofs in the area are in danger of collapsing from the weight of all that heavy, wet snow. Of coarse these concerns are only heightened now since there is what is estimated to be another foot of accumulation on the way. I am worried about my house on Capitol Hill, however I don’t think there is much I can do for it. The roof access is normally through a trap door-which by the way is now covered with about 28 inches of heavy snow. We could get a ladder out on the upper deck I suppose and try to get up on the roof that way and once up there, try to maintain footing while clearing the snow and ice…..Seems pretty dangerous though and like I’d be asking for trouble. Jay has told me many times that the Ridgeways are not known for their sure- footedness! I guess I’ll just have to keep my fingers crossed.

I’ve just seen the first flurries starting to fall. The temperature has been above freezing this afternoon and all of the icicles are melting outside of my window, but I understand soon conditions will be deteriorating rapidly. I am planning on updating my blog every four hours again through this second storm. What is it being called now? Snowmaggedon II, Son of Snowpocalyse, February Fury…Anyone got any good ideas? So check back for all the information. In the meantime, as a little recap-here are the sequential pics of our house from the initial 2010 Blizzard.

2:30 PM-Blizzard Friday

6:30 PM-Blizzard Friday

10:30 PM-Blizzard Friday

7 AM-Blizzard Saturday

11 AM-Blizzard Saturday

3 PM-Blizzard Saturday

6 PM-Blizzard Saturday-End

Calm Before the Next Storm

February 8, 2010

Sun Dog

Gimlet took some time today, since he wan’t working, to take a little sun bath while looking out over all the snow. Lots of people were off work today, though I doubt they were lounging around in the sun. I’m sure a whole lot of diggin was going on. The Federal Government was shut down. Georgetown was closed today, so John was working from home. My dental office closed as well. Poor Jay, who always works from home, was diligently working as per usual.

If all of your digging is done and you have some time to search the “intertubes”, I just discovered that my one of my best friends, Theresa, who lives in Ireland, has an awesome blog-thegreenapron– The Green Apron is Theresa’s company which makes a fabulous range of award winning homemade jams, marmalades, chutneys, ketchups, sauces, herb mixes, butters, mustards and pickles using her secret family recipes. She, along with her family, grow most of the ingredients they use in their preserves themselves or when that is not practical she sources the ingredients locally. She is a fantastic cook and while I was living in Ireland I was lucky enough to scarf down many of the yummy meals she made. An amazing thing was that when we were in college, I would go look in the kitchen and think “Man, there is nothing in here to eat”. Then Theresa would go in, take a look and come out with the most amazing dinners she just managed to “whip-up”. I was delighted to see many of my favourite recipes from the past listed here, plus lots of other cool tidbits. Take a look!

Theresa, husband Mike, and children-Alexander, Athene and Isabella

I did mention previously that another storm was on the way. At first we heard that it would bring us another 1-3 inches. Then it was upgraded to 4 inches or so. Last night before I went to bed they were saying that it would likely be 5-8 inches. I just now received a revised update and am literally sitting here in shock. The latest forecast from the National Weather Service is that we could get an additional 10-20 inches of snow between tuesday afternoon and wednesday evening at 7 pm. I can’t even imagine what that will be like! I’m fairly certain that the dental office I’m scheduled to work in tomorrow will be open. Its located right in Falls Church city, maybe 10-15 minutes away from the house and I’m pretty confident Lopez (our Toyota Tacoma) can make it there. I guess I’ll try to get some supplies while I’m out -some ice melt, birdfood, eggs, $ to pay our shovelers should they come back. Luckily we are still good with respect to toilet paper and milk. Check back with us to see how “Son of Snowpocalypse” shapes up!

Post Snowpocalypse

February 7, 2010

Bird Toes

So its Day 1 after the Blizzard. I would have checked in sooner, however just as I sat down to write the blog, we lost power. Drat! However, its back on now. I guess three hours out isn’t so bad. Anyway our day started out with our doorbell ringing at 8:30 am-and yes I will just admit right away that we were all sound asleep. When I opened the door I was quite delighted to see the two kids-they look like brother and sister -around 14 years-ish-who shoveled both of our driveways in the last snow. Mind you, the last snow which fell on tuesday night was about 4-5  inches. They were wondering if we wanted the lower drive shoveled and if they could finish shoveling our main drive. Not only “Yes”, but excuse me when I say-“Hell Yes!” What a relief! So really now all we have to do to potentially drive out of here would be to get the snow off of our cars. Osgar (my mini cooper) was under the carport for the storm, so he is in good shape-as if we would attempt to drive him anywhere in snow. Lopez, our Toyota Tacoma-who with his 4 wheel drive is awesome in snow, was completely covered. Here is a picture of what he looked like after I had exhumed him partially.

Poor Lopez

Kerns still hasn’t been plowed today. It does appear to be passable with four wheel/all wheel drive vehicles. However, the side street-Randall-right next to our house had people getting stuck on it all morning. The neighbour right beside us has the “mack-daddy” snow blower which has with out a doubt given me a serious case of snow blower envy. He took pity on the neighbourhood and was actually trying to use it to clear the entire street.

Snow Blower Envy

I took Gimlet for a walk up to Sleepy Hollow Road, which isn’t a main road per se, but is close to one. It has been plowed, but as you can see is still quite snowy.

Sleepy Hollow Road

Sleepy Hollow Road

On the way to Sleepy Hollow, we ran across a side road which had not been plowed at all and no cars had driven upon it. I know its hard to pick out the road, but I was standing on Kerns to take the picture. The untreated/plowed road is Rutland. There is over 2 feet of snow on it! Those folks aren’t going anywhere anytime soon!

Untreated Side Street

We did have another fantastic Blizzard Brunch today. I am planning on making a shepherds pie later, so I had some mash potatoes around. I went ahead and fried up some potato farls-YUM!

Farls A-fryin!

We also had some sausage, eggs, chocolate babka, pears soaked in champagne and more champagne to drink. How decadent!

Blizzard Brunch-Part Deux

Post Blizzard Fun

February 7, 2010

Hot Tub Therapy

Great evening! We did indeed enjoy one or two cocktails. We had some really exceptional pasta from Pete’s, which was followed by the movie Zombieland. It was actually very good. Anyone who enjoys zombie movies like Shaun of the Dead would like this one as well. We have been quite disappointed with movies recently. Public Enemies with Johnny Depp-the one in which he plays John Dillenger-was no exception. The movie is visually fantastic but all praise stops there. We did see a movie with Kate Beckingsale called-I believe-Whiteout. It took place in Antarctica and was a good, old fashioned thriller. We liked it, but Jay and John both figured out who the killer was before “all was revealed”. I was blissfully unaware. When I say we “saw” these movies, don’t get any strange ideas about us actually venturing out to a theatre. We’ve recently discovered the Video on Demand feature on fios, so we see these films from the comfort of our sofa.

Jay and Gimlet were a bit too tired for the hot tub this evening, but John and I hauled our sore shoveling muscles out there. The temperature outside was 22 F with a wind chill of 11F. The water in the hot tub was 102 F. I think it definitely helped. It was somewhat surreal though what with the Arctic landscape surrounding us. Not to mention we were a bit concerned about “snow zombies”……

Snowmaggedon Winds Down

February 6, 2010

6 PM-Blizzard Saturday

At 5:15 PM we noticed that it was no longer snowing. I waited a bit to see if it was just a wee break, but when the flakes had not made a reappearance by 6 pm, I went on outside to take the last “house in snow” pic for the storm.

Kerns Hydrant-6PM-Blizzard Saturday

I went around and took several snow measurements in the yard. It looks like we have 27-28 inches of accumulation here. The good news is we still have power. The bad news is that it is unlikely we can just stay here until the snow melts, we’re going to have to shovel. And believe me, although we have diligently been shoveling away, we still have TONS of snow to clear. The main driveway is not shoveled completely down to Kerns-not for John’s lack of effort as can be seen.

Driveway Clearance in Progress

The second driveway, where John’s car lies buried, has not been touched yet. The cars are still completely encased at this point. We did manage to clear a path to the hot tub and all hope to take a soak later this evening-God knows we’ll need it after all the shoveling! I haven’t actually see a plow go by in some time, so Kerns is not passable for regular cars. I really wonder if we’ll be headed to work on Monday. It truly was a historic snowfall. I’ve never seen anything like this here before. We haven’t been listening to the news much this afternoon, so I’m curious what all is being said.

What’s on the agenda for tonight? As I mentioned-some hot tub time- but also possibly a movie, definitely some cocktails, and some awesome pasta from Pete’s New Haven Style Apizza. Did someone mention that we are actually due for some more snow on tuesday?!!

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