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November 3, 2011

I’m Back!

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Hello!  I am back!  My cable & internet services were just restored about an hour ago.  I’ve got so much to blab about I barely know where to start.  First thing I should probably say is that I will definitely, finally get around to seeing all your photo hunts!  What bad timing this storm had.  I finished my hunt on Friday, went to my grad class on Saturday, hosted a party Saturday night, power went out Saturday night.  So I never got around to seeing all your hunts.  My plan: Get this story of what’s been up around here for the past few days posted, watch some cable tv tonight ( Behind the Seams with Tim Gunn is on tonight!) then spend tomorrow catching up in the blogosphere and writing my round-up of all the photo hunts.  Sound good?  Here’s how it all began.

I mentioned in my last post that we were bracing for a storm here in the northeast.  We just had no idea exactly how it was going to track or how much we were going to get.  I had been planning for our Halloween party that night.  I kept tabs on my email, watching for notes from friends saying they were going to stay home due to the weather predictions.  Shockingly, none of the invitees decided to “regret.”   While I was cooking and prepping that afternoon, this is what it looked like outside:

Not unusual to see snow in New England, but snow like this in October?  Practically unheard of.


“Do you believe this Mom?”

We continued with our decorating and food prep:


Our friends arrived and we had our party with the power out.  I took these pictures a short time before our power went out around 6pm.  Lots of candles, the radio with batteries on the local classic rock channel, and friends we’ve been friends with since the times when those songs were Top 40 hits – it was a really good party!

Unfortunately, by the time it was time to leave, travel conditions were not good.  Luckily everyone arrived home safely.  The next morning, everything was out- power, phones, cell service.    My yard looked like this:

That is the crazy-huge sycamore tree (that I regularly start complaining about around Thanksgiving due to the obnoxious amount of giant-sized leaves it drops)  in my front yard, still in full, green leaf.  The heavy, wet, snow dragged branches down to the ground.  We are quite lucky none of those laden branches fell on our house.

The view from my back deck:

My back yard is a wreck.  Luckily the snow is melting quickly, but we have LOTS of clean up to do.  As soon as we get our hands on a chainsaw, we have plenty of dragging and stacking to do.  Here’s a look around the yard a couple days later:

Looking at my house from the back yard.


Fence crushed by fallen trees.  Luckily, some limbs dragged into that area have so far prevented the dogs from taking a walk around the neighborhood.


A tree poking through the roof of my shed.


Paw print on the deck.

All in all, I consider myself one of the lucky ones in this storm.  As of this writing, there are still thousands in the area without power.  My power came back on Tuesday, and I had the ability to cook on my gas stove and take hot showers the whole time due to our gas hot water heater.  (I vow to never move to a house without natural gas!)  Here on Thursday night, my cable & internet services are restored.  I do believe in Karma afterall – maybe we got to be the lucky ones because Meghan and I were scared within inches of our lives in July. Early reports are saying the damage to this area is more severe and more widespread than June’s devastating tornado . Please send good thoughts toward Massachusetts and other parts of the northeast affected by this Freaky Freakin’ Snowstorm, to use Kanniduba‘s words, so that everyone will soon have all their power and services restored.


Contemplating the new look of their little part of the world


  1. Welcome back, Karma! Sooooo glad you are okay! Yes, Central and Western Mass took quite a beating once again. I can’t believe you still held your Halloween Party – good for you! I suppose at the time you NEVER dreamed you get 14″ of snow!! Your backyard photo looks like the dead of winter! And to think, you closed your pool only a few weeks back!

    We were lucky(er) here in the Northeast but I have our share of cleanup to do as well. Here’s hoping you don’t find any additional damage underneath all those downed limbs and trees. For now, sit back and relax. You deserve it! Hugs! 🙂

    Comment by milkayphoto — November 3, 2011 @ 9:04 pm | Reply

    • Thanks Tracy. I definitely consider myself one of the lucky ones this time around.

      Comment by Karma — November 4, 2011 @ 9:38 am | Reply

  2. So glad to hear that you survived intact (and that the party went well!) October snowstorms are so cruel. You’ve had enough weird weather for the year!

    Comment by Barbara — November 3, 2011 @ 9:23 pm | Reply

    • For sure, Barbara! I have a feeling it will be a long winter!

      Comment by Karma — November 4, 2011 @ 9:38 am | Reply

  3. So glad you’re back and everything is returning to ‘normal’. I’m amazed at how wet that snow is! We’ll be thinking of you! 🙂

    Comment by tedgriffith — November 3, 2011 @ 11:26 pm | Reply

    • Thanks Ted. So many in this area are still not back to “normal” – clean up is taking a really long time. It will be a week without power for some if it isn’t all back on by tomorrow.

      Comment by Karma — November 4, 2011 @ 9:39 am | Reply

  4. So glad you’re back!
    The snow sure looks beautiful, but what a sad mess it left 😦

    Comment by TheDailyClick — November 4, 2011 @ 7:14 am | Reply

    • Thanks Michaela. Normally even I, a snow-hater, can appreciate the beauty of the first snowfall, but not this time!

      Comment by Karma — November 4, 2011 @ 9:40 am | Reply

  5. I don’t think the photos are going to download in my lifetime, but I have a good imagination and you told the story well. I’m really glad you came through it all with no serious harm. It’s good to have power options. Hey, you’re going to have plenty of wood – maybe this is the time to put a woodburning fireplace in . . . 🙂

    Comment by Gerry — November 4, 2011 @ 8:31 am | Reply

    • I wish you could see the photos, Gerry. There’s a couple featuring the dogs, of course! No improvements from Charter yet for Torch Lake, huh?
      I’d love a real fireplace, but the cost to doing it would be prohibitive.

      Comment by Karma — November 4, 2011 @ 9:43 am | Reply

  6. Halloween certainly did dump its bag of tricks on you this year! So glad it wasn’t any more of a disaster and that you’re up and running again.

    Comment by Carol — November 4, 2011 @ 10:30 am | Reply

    • Halloween trick-or-treat was actually cancelled in this area – too dangerous with no street lights and downed wires. I’m very glad to be back.

      Comment by Karma — November 4, 2011 @ 4:50 pm | Reply

  7. Yikes, what a mess you have to deal with! Glad to hear you have power and communications back. I wouldn’t live in a house without natural gas either — once you have it you are spoiled for life. I really like that picture of the paw print — very cool!

    Comment by Andrea L — November 4, 2011 @ 1:13 pm | Reply

    • Even before this year of crazy weather, I decided I like cooking with a gas stove so much better that I’d never move to a house without it.
      I find frozen paw prints do make for interesting pictures! 🙂

      Comment by Karma — November 4, 2011 @ 4:51 pm | Reply

  8. Ugh….that is a mess. Hopefully the high pressure bubble over us will give you time to clean up before the real winter comes a calling.

    Comment by Scott Thomas Photography — November 4, 2011 @ 4:09 pm | Reply

    • Clean up has begun. Hubby and I spent the afternoon cutting and hauling limbs and branches. Bleah!

      Comment by Karma — November 4, 2011 @ 4:52 pm | Reply

  9. So glad it was no worse. Holding my breath, wondering what this winter will be.

    Comment by kanniduba — November 4, 2011 @ 7:28 pm | Reply

    • I am a little afraid of winter this year after what we’ve already been through!

      Comment by Karma — November 5, 2011 @ 11:55 am | Reply

  10. Holy snow! Kinda fitting that the power was out for the spooky Halloween party. Glad you fared better than most in that crazy storm!

    Comment by plainmama — November 5, 2011 @ 10:05 am | Reply

    • That snow was unbelievable. Unfortunately, I think it was the warmer weather we’d been experiencing prior to the storm that really did us in and made the snow so heavy and wet.
      Thanks Amy.

      Comment by Karma — November 5, 2011 @ 11:56 am | Reply

  11. Glad you guys are all OK over there, did the dogs enjoy playing in the snow? That’s a sheltie, right? Katie loves to run in the snow!

    Comment by Dawn — November 5, 2011 @ 3:25 pm | Reply

    • Nope, Teddy is a full-sized collie – about 3 feet tall at the top of his head and about 65-70 pounds. My dogs are much greater fans of the snow than I am!

      Comment by Karma — November 5, 2011 @ 4:27 pm | Reply

  12. Holy moly! Look at all that snow. Unbelievable. I’m so glad everything is basically okay with you. The party sounds like fun, even without the power. 🙂

    Welcome back!

    P.S. I really like that last shot.

    Comment by Robin — November 6, 2011 @ 9:40 am | Reply

    • This is one time when the Ohio weather forecast did not forward on to Massachusetts!
      Thanks Robin!

      Comment by Karma — November 6, 2011 @ 4:13 pm | Reply

  13. I’ve been hearing about the crazy weather on the East coast!! I remember, somewhere around 1996 or 1997, winter arrived in the MIDDLE of October! It started snowing like crazy, and never stopped until Spring!! I’m glad you got your power back – I hope everyone there stays safe!

    Comment by Photo By Holly — November 7, 2011 @ 9:41 am | Reply

  14. Glad you survived this storm with little damage. Let’s be done with it already!

    Comment by Becky Sue — November 9, 2011 @ 10:31 pm | Reply

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