I have just taken a new job in Great Falls, Montana. A new state and new areas to explore.
By: joealaska , 6:53 AM GMT on January 29, 2013
Today, Sunday, brought steady snow. My CHOW PORCH is only about 12 by 6 feet. One side is a foot deep, one corner is scoured bare to the wood. Hard to say how deep the general snow is, but I say 6 inches. I was barely able to get up Haystack Hill tonight. No plowing, very slippery.
I can barely see out my windows. The wet snow is coating the glass.
GNU guy is back after a 2 month rest. GNUEST arrived yesterday and is making a huge impact already on special projects in the warehouse we have not been able to get done. We have re-hired a former employee. Our staff is filled.
There seems to be an issue with me taking off two months, as others are wanting to take off at that same time, the slower off-season.
We will work it out.
The snow continued relentlessly. Small but effective flakes. Juan Ear and Juanda came by for a bite. I had to broadcast the wet food to different areas so they could eat with no fighting. Juan Ear wins those battles.
It was a very quiet night, usually due to snow bufferage/bufferance. I woke up at 3:30 AM like it was 8 AM. The cats were moving, so I had a slug of pomegranate grapefruit and went back to sleep. I dreampt I was back in the paint business but taking a food order. NIGHTMARE that even Hitchcock never considered.
I woke up to a white wonderland. Hard to call the inchage, but maybe a foot. There was a lot of drifting and scouring, although I heard no real wind last night.
When I went to sleep my grill on the porch was capped with 8 inches of snow. When I woke up, the whole thing was raised a foot. The pimple in the drift was two feet off the porch, still above the grill.
Just not as close as last night.
There was two feet of snow on the Tahoe’s hood. I had to walk through three foot drifts to get to the vehicle. It was still snowing pretty hard. I fired up the ride and shoveled it off. As soon as I tried to leave I knew there was problem. I got about 8 feet and gave up with a hundred feet to go.
I walked around the duplex and found a deep spot where the snow came up to my un-named regions.
It was cold. I took some pictures and video, most of which came out badly. It was still not quite daylight.
So I called the warehouse and asked for a ride. When they got near I walked out on the road. In less than a minute I fell three times with that plate of ice now covered in snow. Once while on the phone.
It was a busy day made busier by having to plow the dock. We have to be careful where we push the snow off the dock, as we may have to live with it for awhile. Trucks cannot back all the way to the dock with that snow there.
Got home later today and the Tahoe was still stuck and no plowing of the driveway. In the morning I had sloshed through one to three foot drifts of virgin snow to get to the road. When I returned there was no sign of where I had walked.
My door facing the OLD small boat harbor was blocked by snow that fell from the roof, then was re-covered by new snow. It was covering the door halfway up. Lots of weight on a thin window, so I slogged through deep stuff to shovel the door.
This evening the cats were watching the snow fall from the metal roof during early meltage. It makes a loud thud as it hits. Wakes everyone up.
Trying to take off tomorrow. Hoping to drive the day after.
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