The Neverending Winter!

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Posted by Shawn & Annette in Tuolumne County, Twain Harte News on March 20, 2011

I don’t know about you but I’m beginning to feel like a broken record. There are just so many ways to say, “Hey, man it’s snowing mountains of the white stuff.  I think the last time I saw it snow this hard was during the blizzard of 1978 — the very weekend I decided to take the plunge into matrimony.

I should have taken that as an omen for things to come but of course in my young life, I didn’t pay much attention to omens, or luck for that matter. During what we have come to call the blizzard of 78, we had 12 foot high snow drifts. We had to climb out of an upstairs window to get out of the house. We were a week trying to get unburied.

Well, we certainly don’t have that much snow on the ground — yet. Oh, and I am so thankful for that. My back aches just thinking about shoveling out from under all this. I really thought we were in the clear last night, when it started pouring rain. It rained hard for a good deal of the night. I thought gee, wouldn’t this be nice, if it just kept raining all day, it would warm up some and all this snow would just melt away.

Ha! No such luck. Here we go with this luck thing again. As soon as the sun came up — well, it was daylight for sure but I don’t recall actually seeing the sun — the snow returned with a vengeance. It’s been snowing all day long and no matter how long you shovel, moments after you leave one spot, you can’t see the ground any more.

About an hour ago we lost cell service totally. I’m certain it’s storm related. The lights have flickered on and off several times again today and we lost power for a brief moment early this morning. So far, the power is holding.

Mymotherlode reports:

PG&E reports that 9,585 customers are without electricity in Tuolumne County. There are 4,344 without power in the greater Sonora area (including Cedar Ridge and Phoenix Lake), 2,111 without in Twain Harte, 1,220 in Tuolumne, 680 in Mi Wuk, 675 in Long Barn, 230 in Soulsbyville and 130 in Pinecrest.

Just as I was posting this — wouldn’t you know it — the power went out. Fortunately, our power came right back on. I had to get this posted before we lose power again. As luck would have it — I have none — my Dr. Heater quit working after the power outage.

We’ve tried various types of space heaters, since our last home had baseboard heaters. We used them one month and I just about had a stroke when the electric bill arrived. Since then we’ve used the oil-filled radiators, ceramic heaters, micathermic heaters and these infrared heaters.

Out of all the heaters we’ve tried, we really like the Dr. Heater the best. It’s economical to operate and Shawn even got mine working again. He said he pressed and held both the “Standby” & “Mode” buttons together for a few seconds. The Dr. Heater reset and it started working again.

My feet are still cold though. For some reason whenever it snows, my feet get cold and refuse to warm up. I hope you are staying warm!

Enjoy the snow!

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Slip Sliding Away

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Posted by Shawn & Annette in Twain Harte News on March 19, 2011

It’s just before dawn, and once again Twain Harte is covered in all this lovely white stuff. It fell fast and furious through most of the night. It’s always hard to tell exactly how much snow has fallen because the longer it falls and the harder it falls, the faster the snow compresses.

We had at least a foot of new snow at 4,000 feet but realistically it could be as much as two feet. There just isn’t an easy way for me to tell. It’s currently a brisk 31 degrees. All I could hear on my last couple of trips outside to check on things, was spinning tires, which tells me the road must be pretty slippery.

It was so slippery out last night that our Outback almost ended up in the ditch. The back tire of the car gently slid over the skating rink like surface, to stop just short of the 4-foot trench below. Fortunately, the vehicle came to a halt before going over completely. Shawn was so shook up by the incident that he simply left the vehicle in the driveway. Digging it out in a few hours is not going to be fun.

The power flickered over a dozen times throughout the night but I’m happy to report the electricity has held up to the wind and snow so far. Just moments ago, I went out to snap a few pictures and the wind had really picked up. The snow was blowing so hard, it was almost a total white-out.

Others weren’t so lucky.

Mymotherlode reports:

In Tuolumne County there are 27 PG&E customers without power. They are primarily in the Phoenix Lake and Cedar Ridge area. In Calaveras County, it is much worse, as around 6,000 are without electricity, spread throughout Murphys, Angels Camp and Copperopolis. There is no estimated restoration time to report.

We even had a friend call last night to check to see if we were okay. Apparently, there was a 45-car pile-up on the highway reported by the local news. Our friend thought we might be in it. It was sweet of him to check on us. We rarely go farther than the post office when the weather turns nasty. Unless it’s urgent, it’s so much safer to just hang out around the house and wait for the weather to pass.

It always does! Until next time, stay warm!

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Snowing Cats and Dogs

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Posted by Annie in Twain Harte News on February 25, 2011

It has been snowing hard all night and all day long. To tell you the truth, when the weather reports started predicting we would get 3-feet of snow here in Twain Harte, I really did not believe it.

I have no way of knowing if the predictions of snowfall in San Francisco (Bay Area) were accurate but I can tell you that Sonora is getting rain and so far the snow hasn’t reached them yet. Cousin Dustin was sorely disappointed, he lives in Sonora and was really looking forward to some snow. If I could get down there, I would be most happy to share some of ours.

I sent my son out to shovel – to be honest, I really am not sure why – shoveling the snow at this juncture does absolutely no good. You no sooner bring the shovel back to make another pass, only to find more store where you just shoveled.

Even my son is getting into the act. Check out his snow report…


(his site is kidwarp.com)

As I’m writing, the wind has really picked up and if I didn’t know better, I would swear it was raining snowballs. I am fully expecting to see snowing cats and dogs any second now. We’ve all heard the expression, “raining cats and dogs.” Well, you get the idea.

I’m not sure what is going on out there but it’s ugly out folks. The wind is blowing hard and it sounds like hail hitting my second-story window. Whatever you do, stay away from the trees if you can — if this keeps up, we will certainly lose the electric.

Guess, I’d better sign off and fix something to eat while I can still use my stove. 

My 2nd attempt at creating a video with my iPhone (the first time I had the camera turned the wrong way).

Stay warm and dry and looking out for, “Snowing Cats and Dogs.”

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