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Thursday, February 3, 2011


SANY7407 We've now been home a week and am only now catching up with a few blogs. The weather is permitting us the perfect chance to do anything we need to on the computer. And then I think we may move to the sofa for some movies!

We thought this storm that has hit the whole US would miss us, but it swung back and bit us in the butt. We woke up this morning to overcast skies, horizontal snow and a temperature of 17 Degrees (it hasn't been even close to that in the three and a half years we've been here). We have a fire going and are really very comfortable inside (had brought a bunch of firewood inside in anticipation of the storm). Abe's been outside a couple of times to check on the animals and everyone looks OK.

Looks like this will be gone in a couple of days. Do feel very sorry for the folks out there who will be cold for longer, some of whom are without electricity, and thus heat in many cases. Snuggle up to anything you can find and look out for the sun, it'll come back.

Here's a couple more photos. Not that spectacular yet, but I'll post photos here if it keeps going or gets worse.

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