Howling wind, creaking house and enervated cats got Grant from his crib early this morning.
Patches favoured rising also, so I clicked on a lamp to see what ungodly hour it might be.
“It’s still dark out!” I moaned.
Whereupon it went dark in also, as our lights failed.
Surprisingly, within minutes, they were back on.
“Better cook breakfast while it’s up!” said Grant.
In fact we got through breakfast and a whole washing machine cycle before we were off again.
This time we stayed off long enough for me to ponder how best to occupy myself with manual tasks.
No sooner was I focused… power returned.
Briefly, the clouds drew back and the rain stopped.
But howling recommenced, along with driving rain.
Which seems to be the pattern for “Elliot” as it has been named.
A schizophrenic storm.
After a mild night, most of our recent snow is gone.
My early attempts at ice-sculpture, seriously diminished!
Late this afternoon, the deep freeze returns.
Most of the cats were not anxious to go out.
Lily tried to convince Lucy who turned tail and fled.
“Got an appointment with a warm blanket!”
“If I stare long enough, will it open?”
Our boy Colin could actually open this kind of door easily.
Though fortunately he never opened this one.
Lily has had to make do with window gazing.
Something she does quite a lot of.
The ever-changing hill has another new look.
And as ever, light fell upon the house.
All day the sky is morphing.
Raging one moment…
Smiling the next.
Looking North, right and South above.
Earlier, rain had been thrashing at the windows.
Dee Dee was not impressed by the sound effects, so she inserted herself firmly in her basket on top of a kitchen cupboard.
“I’m staying here for the duration!”
“Though I might take lunch”,
she added as an afterthought
Five minutes later, it seemed to be all over.
It had every appearance of becoming a nice day.
But Elliot was just playing games.
According to the weather net, he goes “off duty” at about 1800.
Till then, I guess anything goes.
We are indeed blessed as this storm has been brutal elsewhere and thousands are now without power as the temperature has become dangerously cold.
My heart is with the hundreds of men and women hampered by the elements as they fight to restore power.
We owe so much to people like them.