(EJ Hersom/Staff photographer - Fosters Daily Democrat - Ice covers a religous statue outside a church in Rochester NH Friday during the ice storm.)
While it is mighty cold here in the northeast, it is warm and toasty at our house. We lost power for 12 hours, the longest we have ever gone without electricity in the 24 years we have lived here! The lights are back on, and all is well. John and Malinda brought the kids over to warm up and we had a little party. Now everyone is tucked safely in our many beds, and no one is cold.
We are among the lucky - many will be without power for days. For those who have never experienced an ice storm, it is a little hard to imagine. Ice coats everything (up to one inch in our area) and the trees bend under the weight of the ice. Many trees break and fall, blocking roads, tearing down power lines. It's quite a mess. It is beautiful, glistening ice everywhere, but also very dangerous.
Maybe the angel above is crying for those who are braving the 18 degree temps in their unheated homes. New Englanders are pretty stubborn, so there are a lot of cold people tonight toughing it out. Please keep them in your prayers!
As for me and my house: it's hot showers, warm food, good company. We're safe and sound!