The little things that make me happy here on Bliss Road~~Emily Keaton

Thursday, February 3, 2011

More Snow and a Flashback

Well, when last I posted on Tuesday, I mentioned that we were in the midst of a two-day winter storm. (I'm sure you've heard all about this historic monster of a storm by now.) Later that day we discovered that our snowblower was out of commission and we were facing the storm armed only with the shovels that DH, DD, DS, and I could wield. Luckily our snowfall totals were lower overall than expected, but the four of us tackled the snow removal task three times over the course of the two-day storm. We ended up dealing with about 12 inches of snow and an inch of sleet. While it could have been SO much worse (and we are so thankful that it wasn't!), removing all of it was a considerable effort, especially on the second day when the snow was so heavy. We have so much snow already on the ground along our considerable driveway that each shovel full of snow had to be lifted 4 or 5 (or in places 6) feet off the ground to remove. Today I'm feeling like I've been run over by a truck!

Here are a few photos from yesterday.

This is along our driveway where we have a short rock wall. My husband is 6 feet tall.

DH demonstrates the proper technique for chucking snow to the top of the pile.

DD and DS are not being swallowed up by the snow but are standing on our front sidewalk, which is totally obscured by all of the snow that has piled up in our front yard. Notice that the snow on our porch roof masks the bottom half of our second-story windows.

We haven't heard the official storm totals for our town yet, but I'm guessing that this storm has brought our snow accumulation total to about 80" since Christmas. Amazing! And so much of that is still in our yard . . .

In other news, I recently came across Amy Tsuruta's Flashback Friday Challenge, a new challenge in which Amy encourages players to re-post a papermaking "first" and taking ownership of the project in the present day. No newly made project required! Sounded like fun to me, so I'm giving it a shot. I'm playing along with Flashback Friday 7.0 which requires us to re-post our very first glitter card or project. OK, here goes:

I made this card and posted it to my Splitcoaststampers Gallery on June 29, 2009--over a year before I started my blog! I made it for the CAS21 challenge to "make it sparkle." The challenge was to add glitter, Stickles, or Iridescent Ice (or similar) to your card. Unfortunately, I didn't have *any* of these products, so the only way I could play along was to use some DCWV designer paper that was already glittered. And that, my friends, was my very first glitter project! Luckily, there's very little that's cringe-worthy here. Hallelujah for that!

Thanks for checking out the happenings here on Bliss Road. I have a few card projects that I've been working on today that I'm hoping to share with you here later. See you again soon!


Benzi said...

i love seeing your snow pics, Emily! And, what a pile! I think if you don't get any more snow until Spring, it will take that long for all this to thaw.
Your first glitter project was very cute and cheerful. I wonder what mine was...I'll have to look as I am now curious.
Take care and I hope you don't get much more snow.

~amy~ said...

okay...first of all...over 80" since Christmas?!!! that is absolutely i-n-s-a-n-e!!!! I'm thinking all the rain we've been getting in the Pacific Northwest isn't so bad:)

okay onto craftiness...your card is sooooo stinkin' a-dorable!!!! It is such a fresh & fun design! I'm a huge fan of the pop of that fabbie color is so very excellent!! Absolutely glad that you found Flashback Friday and looking forward to seeing you again...STAY WARM!!!!!

Marisa said...

Great pictures! That is a LOT of snow!! I think we have had the equivalent in the liquid version - uhg!!

I can see why you have flowers and butterflies on your card :) Spring WILL come!!

Pam said...

That sure is a whole lotta snow! We got hardly any of that snow here in Ohio. Mostly ice. Like 4 inches of it! The sun is out today, so I got the ice off the steps. Forget the driveway!!!

Ravengirl said...

Pre-glittered paper! It's the best kind of glitter, imo! Love you cas card!

Carol Hurlock said...

Goodness Gracious Emzi that is a lot of snow. You need to get a snow rake though and that the snow off the porch roof. My Mom had to hire someone to do her's in CT because of the weight. It is unbelievable how much snow you are getting this year. I don't believe in "Global Warming". It's more like the "Ice Age" Your card is just darling too! What a fun challenge. I might have to check it out.

Bear Hugs,
Carol :O}

Bonnie said...

Great card! Love the sparkly butterflies!

Amy C said...

That is quite a bit of snow since Christmas!! I can remember years when we had that much fall on us.....not so much this year.

I love the card that you made with the glitter much less messy than pouring the glitter yourself. ;)

Thanks for joining us for Flashback Friday 7.0!!

Scrapping Mommy

Joanne (jojot) said...

you needed a CAS and bright delight of a card after all that snow and shoveling......