Anyone who thinks the pre-technology days of the 19th century were some wonderful simpler time hasn’t tried living that way. Even though our freak pre-Halloween snow storm (official snow total at the airport more than seven times the old record for the month of October) didn’t lead to days and nights of sub-zero cold that burst house pipes, it did send about half the people in our state (and more than 90% of the people in my area) into a daily grind of dealing with warmth, food, water and hygiene before we could even begin to address other needs like communication, jobs, etc.
That beautiful Japanese maple I posted a few weeks back lost one of its major limbs, and that casualty is still hanging up above the ground, hooked on one of the other major limbs that didn’t fall. Especially hard hit were the oaks, since they are just about the last to lose their foliage. But even evergreens, which are supposed to be designed for snow, lost tons of limbs.
This stuff that came out of the sky was sticky, wet, and heavy.
Anyway, I’m glad to be back, and happy to report that losing a few trees and limbs isn’t the end of the world. But I did have some serious internet withdrawal symptoms.