This pic above is the path junction between the path from our back door, to our neighbors front door and down our drive between the cars. The path across our front yard hadn't been dug out yet - it's really for the mail carrier.
This was our fun spot during the storm. It's our doggie door which the snow kept drifting over and when the dogs tried to go out the snow fell in. It was really halarious when Jesse's pup tried it. He's a Yorkipoo. He did love playing in the snow. The platform under it is for the dogs to step out onto. It's a foot off the ground, so you can see there's at least another foot of snow over it.
Our back yard is a mix of level snow and drifts. In the bench area, you can see the snow is up onto the grate area of the fireplace. I figure it makes it ten inches deep in that area while the winds kept it from piling on the tables or roofs.
This is our front yard. It's hard to tell, but behind the mailbox, the snow left a dip in the yard as the snow drifted around it. I found it interesting. The bush sticking out of the snow is my dwarf lilac and it's about four feet tall.
We faired the storm well. No power outage which wouldn't have bothered us - we have a gas stove, gas water heater, gas fireplace and oil lamps. All but our outdoor faucet and it's pipe is in the center of our house above the floor. We've been through real blizzards before - the kind where you can't see the tip of your nose much less the hand in front of your face and when it ended, the snow was roof high all over.
The largest drifts we had were the three footers my husband dug through for the path from the back door and the driveway. Our youngest and the neighbor to the south helped him dig out the vehicles.
I think our entire area handled the storm pretty well. My brother lives about an hour south of us and they were hit worse. He said vehicles were buried. My dad was able to get in and dig him and my step-brother out and he lives a bit south of of where they are. North of us got a bit more snow than we did as well. We're in a valley and most storms skirt around us, so what we got is about all we ever get out of a large snowstorm.
Stats say our area got 13-20inches of snow with the higher amounts at a town about forty-five minutes west of us - they are out in the boonies. The stats are a bit low from what people are saying about their own areas.
All in all -- I'm proud of everyone in the area, from the road crews to the National Guard who helped rescue stranded motorists to the police and fire who all banded together and was prepared.
The other day one weather man said winter's not over and if the groundhog says we're having an early spring, get a new groundhog. I'd rather believe the groundhog, or maybe I want the groundhog to be right and spring will come early.