Let it Snow, but Please Come Shovel


Posted by Annie in Outdoors on January 22, 2010

Let it Snow!

Twain Harte was transformed overnight from a dreary, slushy mess to a winter wonderland with beauty beyond measure.  I simply can’t look outside our door without being moved by the absolute splendor.

The snow turns Twain Harte into an almost magical place — that is, unless you have to drive to work in it.

The plow came through here at 7:35 a.m. but we won’t be going anywhere, anytime soon. Our driveway, as well as the driveway of our neighbors are snowbound and will require a good shoveling before our tires will take us anywhere today.

Do I have any volunteers?  🙂

Snow Covered Trees!

If you can: stay home this morning, until the roads have been properly cleared. If you must get out in all this snow, do drive carefully.

We lost power to our house several times last night. Once it was even off for a couple of hours but as you can see, it’s back on now. I worry a lot less today about power surges and outages than I once did. We have replaced all of our old electrical power strips with new surge protectors that are intended especially for electronics.

Even though we’ve experienced several power bursts, and short power outages, all of our electronics are protected and backed by $500,000 in insurance, which comes with your Power Sentry Surge Protector purchase, giving us peace of mind. It’s a small price to pay to protect your computer equipment and let me tell you, this time of year, we really need it.

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Comments (7)

  • Shawn says:

    One other thing to be aware of, is that many local homes and businesses are NOT fully grounded. ALL high-quality surge protectors have a ground indicator, which usually consists of a light to indicate if it is properly grounded. However, if you don’t know if you’re grounded, call an electrician and have him check for you.

    It’s a FAR smaller price to pay than replacing all of your electronics on a regular basis as they get browned out or destroyed by the frequent outages we have here.

  • Annie says:

    I spoke with my father-in-law, who resides up on Sugar Pine Ridge. He had already had a couple foot of snow fall but it was hard for him to give more than a rough estimate of snowfall since the wind had blowed it around so badly.

    I just called for an update. Sugar Pine saw a foot of fresh snow fall overnight. They are currently without power in some areas. Power outages have been an issue in Sugar Pine for the past couple of days. With any luck at all, PG&E will get the power restored up there real soon.

  • Annie says:

    I am hoping someone can help me. 🙂 I had a phone number for the owner of Andy’s Mountain Grill & Deli but I’ve lost it. He doubles as a snowplow driver during the winter months.

    No one is answering his business phone and I really need our driveway plowed. If anyone has his phone number or the number of someone to call to come plow our drive, it would be greatly appreciated.

    Thank you!

  • Annie says:

    I’ve searched online all morning for residential snow plowing services, snow removal services, etc. in the Twain Harte area, with absolutely no luck at all. I pulled out the phonebook and dusted it off. I can’t remember the last time I was forced to use one.

    I’ve decided to prepare a list for the site.

    Please send an email if you would like to be listed on this website or if you know of a snow plowing service in the Twain Harte area.

    — Olson Excavating does snowplowing locally. Call 533-8347 or 768-3000 to schedule service.

    — Bruce Slaton was recommended, call 928-3132 or 928-1946 to schedule an appointment. The person who gave me his information says that Bruce does a good job.

    — Lemay Snowplowing, call 586-5155

    — Auto Discount Repair & Towing, 770-1682

    I’ll post more as they come in today.

  • Annie says:

    The snow plow just came down Fuller Road, clearing both sides of the road. I was hoping to catch him in time to get pictures of it for the site but they are so quiet these days that by the time I hear it, it’s already gone.

    I had forgotten that the snowplow makes three passes. One down the hill, then going back up, and of course what goes up, must come down and you get the picture. I’ll keep trying to get a good picture.

    I finally gave up trying to find a plow. I shovel out the entrance where the plow had blocked us in good. I thought I was going to have a heart attack. I’ve been so seditary these past few weeks that even now my heart is still racing.

    If you are going out today, you will need your hat, mittens and boots. Consider your footwear carefully. I’ve already fallen twice this winter because of my poor choice of shoes. I picked up the cutest boots the other day and they have really nice tread on the bottom.

    I say all this to encourage you, if you to get outside today. There is a nip in the air but it feels so crisp and clean. It’s good for your soul to get out and enjoy the fresh mountain air.

  • Annie says:

    I am so mad I could spit nails about now. I think the county snowplow driver has a personal vendetta against me.

    I had gone out earlier and shoveled out the huge pile of snow at the end our driveway. I must add that I was feeling pretty proud of myself. Of course I thought I was going to have a heart attack by the time I finished up.

    I heard a snowplow drive by, so I ran outside with my camara, in yet another attempt to get a picture but it was already gone. The snow is coming down hard and shows no signs of slowing down. I looked at my beautifully shoveled drive entrance, only to find the snowplow had dumped 2 foot of snow right where I had shoveled it.

    I looked down the street and all the other driveways have a couple inches of snow or maybe 4 inches, nothing like what got dumped in my driveway. Why do I even both.

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