Fall Fell

In just over two weeks, the bright colors in the trees have faded, and most of the leaves have either fallen, or been ripped out of the trees by the last few rain and windstorms.

Joyce and I spent most of Sunday mowing, grinding, and sweeping up the leaves from the yard, and Jennifer helped me the day before mounting the new door on the shed, and moving the summer porch furniture into storage.

We’ve gone from a comfortable isolation, to feeling exposed to our neighbors now clearly visible through the trees. Latest weather forecasts are now talking about the possibility of snow accumulation Thursday night into Friday morning. Snowsticks are now up along the driveway and road. Fall is just about over.

Fall Changes

Had what will most probably be my last open water morning swim earlier this week. Morning air temperature was 50, water temperature had dropped to 62. Thanks Marli and Scott for joining me one last time.

We’ve had a couple mornings of frost, and just had to turn the heat on. Trees are changing rapidly, so I grabbed a few pictures this morning. The weather this morning was overcast with light rain on and off, so the colors are a bit muted.

Most of the trees are still holding their leaves, but fall has started. The one tree next to our driveway has lost most of its leaves, but so far, the biggest drop has been the acorns. In some parts of our yard, the acorns are so thick on the ground it’s like walking on marbles.

Hope you are enjoying your fall as well.

Fall Breakfast

While I sometimes wonder if we’re missing out on everything living in the city can offer, it’s mornings like this that remind me why we moved out here. Just back from my long morning run, I was having breakfast on the back porch when the neighborhood flock of wild turkeys wandered in.

Just passing through…

While several would stop, stretch their necks to stare at me on the porch, as long as I just sat there eating breakfast, they didn’t pay much more attention to me. They seemed perfectly happy scratching at the dirt and leaves, pecking at whatever they found tasty, and enjoying a Sunday morning breakfast before laying down for a rest in the warm sun.

Sunday morning brunch. There were four more wandering just outside this picture.

Hope your Sunday morning was as pleasant.

Short, Cold Days and Long, Cold Nights

Sunrise: 7:10 AM. Sunset 4:11 PM. Still two weeks to go to the first day of winter. Dark when I leave for work in the morning, dark when I get out of work in the evening.

The pond across the street, which has now grown to cover half the street, is frozen solid. Jennifer, George, and two of his friends spent part of yesterday after school ice skating.

Winter is here.

And we’re back (Part 3)…

The storm had been hyped for several days, with excited forecasts of heavy snow starting Wednesday late morning to early afternoon, and going on through the night. Come Wednesday afternoon, nothing. Easy drive home, with the snow just starting as I drove up Rt. 3. The snow picked up quickly, with big, fat flakes after I got home.

About 10:30, just as we were getting ready for bed, the lights flickered a couple of times, and a few minutes later, went out for good. I added a couple of gallons of gas and started the generator, then went to bed. As we fell asleep, we could hear loud cracking and crashes in the woods next to us. The next morning, we were knocked out of our beds by a crash that shook the house, and awoke to find this outside.

Trees bent over with heavy snow.
Back yard and shed.

Front yard, north side.

Tree broken off by heavy snow.
North side, near screen porch.

Downed power line from house.
Tree top, with downed power line.

The top of one tree took out our power lines to the pole, and another just missed our back porch. The news reported Tyngsboro was 92% without power, and many other towns nearby were completely dark. Reports said many roads were blocked by downed trees, poles, and lines, and to stay off the roads unless necessary. Later that afternoon, Jennifer and I ventured out for more gasoline, and she took these pictures along Frost road.

Broken power pole on Frost Road.
Broken power pole on Frost Road.

Frost Road.
Frost Road.

Snapped branches on power line - Frost Road.
Snapped branches on power line – Frost Road.

More snapped branches on power line - Frost Road.
More snapped branches on power line – Frost Road.

Power crew on Frost Road.
Power crew on Frost Road.

The power was restored to our neighborhood around eight that evening, except to our house. Power crews were not able to address individual homes until all the large areas and critical operations were restored, so we didn’t see any activity until Sunday morning. First a tree crew arrived to clean the downed limbs from the lines, then the line crew arrived to reattach the lines from the house to the pole.

Power line and branches - Sunday Morning.
Power line and branches – Sunday Morning.

Broken power line connections - Sunday morning.
Broken power line connections – Sunday morning.

Power crew reconnecting line - Sunday morning.
Power crew reconnecting line – Sunday morning.

Power crew reconnecting line - Sunday morning.
Power crew reconnecting line – Sunday morning.

Just getting back to normal, just in time to start another school and work week. Forecasts are now calling for another ‘noreaster for Tuesday, here’s hoping it will pass us by.

And we’re back…

If you’ve been trying to see what we’ve been up to these past few days, you probably got a timeout or web page inaccessible message the past few days.

We lost power in the storm Sunday night / Monday morning, around 2:40 AM. A lot of people in the Merrimack Valley lost power that evening, as we had a storm come through with hard rain and strong winds. There were a few places in the area that clocked gusts in excess of 90 MPH. Lots of trees and branches down. We had a tree come down on Robin Hood, just around the corner from us, pulling down electrical wires and blocking the road. Our generator had been running full time since early Monday morning, so keeping the website up has not been a priority here.

We hosted Anne and Mike last night, as they lost power too, but didn’t have a generator. Joyce skipped major cooking and brought home Market Basket roasted chicken and salad, and made mashed potatoes on the stove.

I got a call from George about 12:30 this afternoon (school was canceled because the buses couldn’t run their regular routes) saying our power was back on. I talked him through the process of switching back to line power, and shutting the generator down. Still lots of people in the area without power, hope they all get power back soon.

Storm 14 March 2017

So far, we haven’t been hit too bad. We did get one power ‘glitch’ about 3:30, just after I took this picture. Power was off for about two seconds, then came back.

We’ll probably get more than the 5″ NWS was predicting earlier this week, but I doubt it’s going to be the 18″ – 24″ the TV has been hyping. The kids schools were canceled yesterday afternoon, and my work decided to close for the day as well.

It’s starting to wind down now, we’ll probably go out a bit later and start digging out.

Update – 14 Mar 2017 7:00 PM

We were able to get out and clear the driveway after dinner. Depending on where measured, we got anywhere from 7.5″ to 10.5″. While snowfall reports around us were more, we suspect the bulk of the blowing snow was trapped in the woods around our house.