The three day blizzard

After a three-day stint of warm weather that had me cruising with the Honda’s windows down (highest recorded temp at the yurt was a balmy 40 degrees), winter gave us a good backhand and reminded us who’s in charge.

Shockingly warm outside (top temp)

Shockingly warm outside (top temp)

With conferences keeping us at school until 8 on Thursday, the talk of the town was the massive blizzard moving in. Conferences went well AND we all made it home before the storm wall hit the Keweenaw. Knowing that our inservice was likely canceled on Friday, Bryan and I hunkered down and stayed up super late watching a movie. As predicted, our inservice was canceled and for good reason. We slept while the yurt roof, typically silent, rippled in the wind gusts. We are pretty protected up here and have never really heard the yurt roof move and it did every hour or so when one of the gusts ripped through the area.

Bryan got up, plowed out, and headed to school. I baked cookies, did all my lesson plans, worksheet creating, and other prepping and grading for Monday, and before I knew it, Tech had closed early and my sweetie was home. We knew plowing and snow blowing and shoveling (the trifecta that poor Bryan is constantly employing), would do no good until the wind stopped, so we toasted the early closing, had happy hour, made dinner, and snuggled up to watch movies all night.

Saturday the blizzard raged on, so we stayed put. We snowshoed a trail for the pups and scoped out downed trees we had heard snapping and breaking in the wind. We found some that will be our firewood in a week or so, and then retrieved the pups for a short property walk in the blowing snow. I shoveled snow off the roof of the yurt, a-frame and the garage and Bryan used the trifecta and by 7pm, we could leave the property. As he continued, I did more homework. We decided to get out of the house finally Saturday night and returned a movie, got movie theater popcorn from the theater for a treat, and hunkered down for more movie watching. Blue Jasmine is overrated.

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We had to snowshoe it twice so the dogs could walk on it without post-holing. Poor girls.

In the non-snowy months, we can't even clip the windows up on the back side without a ladder. Now, he can nearly climb onto the roof!

In the non-snowy months, we can’t even clip the windows up on the back side without a ladder. Now, he can nearly climb onto the roof!

 

She could climb right into that bottom window! Maybe the top one if it keeps going at this rate!

She could climb right into that bottom window! Maybe the top one if it keeps going at this rate!

Sunday was still really windy and they just kept extending the weather warnings, but we managed to get groceries, do laundry, and generally get ready for the week. It was quite the storm, but at this point, we can withstand anything winter can throw our way.

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One thought on “The three day blizzard

  1. Katie says:

    does all that snow have any additional insulating advantages for your yurt walls? Last year I took snow from a big section of my back yard and piled it dense & high up to the windows to protect some freezing pipes that were in that wall….seemed to work a bit?

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