What a week! Here in Midcoast Maine, November is normally our month to close things up, to bed things down, to ready ourselves and our property for winter. But that apparently was not in Mama Nature’s plans for us and there is no arguing with Mama Nature!
Last Sunday late morning, we were tearily bidding goodbye to our brand new grandbabyboy and his dear, amazing, wonderful parents as we hit the road for our normally 6 hour trek back home. Beautiful cloud formations against blue skies leaving Vermont. Then, halfway through New Hampshire, over a period of just a few miles, the skies lowered and snow started to fall. Light snow turned to heavy snow and our happy little road trip turned into a scary movie scenario. Visibility narrowed to barely being able to see the side of the road and our reliable little AWD (whose snow tires are normally mounted in November, our month of preparation) tried but failed to prevent a couple of heart-stopping, breath-taking slips and slides. A wiper blade snapped, so the last miles were spent with the driver’s nose pressed up toward the windshield. And, to top it off, as we got closer to home, the power was off everywhere, which included street lights AND stoplights…made for some tricky intersections!
As we rounded the corner onto our cross street, we held our breath, hoping against hope that we would be able to get in the driveway…BOOM…not happening. Across the mouth of the driveway was a big pine tree, definitely too big to deal with immediately. We pulled the car as far into the driveway as we could and got out to start our trek down the 1/2 mile driveway toward home…I in my summer slip-on shoes…over and under fallen trees and branches…then CRACK CRACKLE CRACK BOOM…a tree fell across the driveway, separating hub and me from Boo, the miniaussiedoodle…we scrambled over the fallen tree and slipped and slid our way onward…BOOM, another tree down…then, finally, through the last of the slender alders hanging to the ground with their jackets of wet, heavy snow, we arrived home to total darkness and cold.
Not the end…Part 2 follows…