Monday, December 16, 2013

Snow Days 3, 4, and 5

It snowed again on day 3. Today (Sunday) was day 4. No school as the roads were still icy but the sky was blue and we watched (from the window of course) the snow melt from this...




to this...



Whilst others were out building yet more snowmen and even some igloos (all seen on facebook), much of  our day looked like this...



We got some invitations to join friends in various local parks and homes but I had loads of grading to do and I couldn't work and take take DD out. Luckily she wasn't too keen to go out in the cold anyway. Single parenting is like that sometimes.

And just when we thought it was all over. Due to freezing weather tonight turning the roads into ice-rinks, areas slightly further out and higher up than us being still covered in snow, trees still down and blocking, damaged schools, still no electricity in some neighbourhoods, and teachers not being able to get in from The Gush Etzion area south of Jerusalem which is still under a metre of snow and cut off... NO SCHOOL AGAIN TOMORROW! Day 5 - maybe we will venture out for a bit.

One other thing. With all the power cuts I was struck by the realization that in this era of smart phones, internet, instant communication, Skype, etc... you still need a torch and a battery operated radio in your house. And if I was thinking about doing away with gas in favour of an all electric cooking arrangement - this weekend changed my mind.

14 comments:

  1. So glad to see you all cosy and warm indoors. Wow that balcony transformation really hits it home. Glad that DD wanted to stay in, when that was what was convenient for you.
    Thinking of you, and for the morning,
    Much love, Liska xxx

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you. We have the perfect arrangement tomorrow - my college is closed but DD has school from 10am. Just perfect.

      Delete
  2. That is some snow you're getting and very inconvenient with all the power cuts. Balmy weather here in Ireland.... 15/17 degrees the other day!!

    Hope you're both able to get out and about again soon :-)

    xx Jazzy

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Would you believe that a week after the snow there are still roads you can't walk down as they are covered in ice? Most of it has gone though and temps back up to 12/13.

      Delete
  3. Wow! I can't quite believe all the snow you have had. Just as well DD doesn't like the cold - has she enjoyed her time away from school. When I was little, I used to love having the time off school - my mum didn't obvs. X

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. We had a very relaxing time, we both loved the luxury of not having to get up in the morning at 7 and no schedule. After a few days though you want to get back to normal. Not to mention the loss of pay...

      Delete
  4. Hard to believe how much snow you have been getting, when it has been so mild in Dublin!solue

    I would totally agree about keeping the gas - we were threatened with an all out powr strike here and I stocked up on all those things, plus candles, matches (for lighting the gas), a gas heater, fuel for the fire, and car chargers for all the idevices! I'm sure they won't go to waste :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I'm coming to yours if I'm ever stuck in Dublin during a storm. We had the torch, candles, gas stove and the battery radio - and we still couldn't do much. Amazing how little light candles actually give - not enough to read by even.

      Delete
  5. It's always a good idea to have alternatives to electricity :). Last year my Mum and Dad were forced to camp round ours... After a particularly bad storm. That's all they have. We use the log burner, oil fired Rayburn, battery powered radio and torches, candles and a gas lamp so can be quite cosy. Keep safe and warm.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. So I learned. A gas lamp would have been good as candle light wasn't enough to even read by - just about enough to stop you falling over the furniture and locate your pyjamas.

      Delete
  6. No more bloggy weather updates? How are you now? x

    ReplyDelete
  7. I cannot believe how much snow you have had... Keep warm! :)

    ReplyDelete
  8. I seem to recall it snowed last year to didn't it? Its been ghastly here 3 days of non stop rain and wind and just yuk! x

    ReplyDelete