Sunday, February 3, 2008

The Office Reveal and More Snow

Mike came home last Monday and saw his new office for the first time. He was, at first, taken aback by the color. (He's a pretty conservative guy in that respect.) But as he adjusted to it, he began to really appreciate it's warmth and felt really special that I had created this atmosphere for him. Now all he needs is a chair.

Actually, while he was home, we picked out a desk, file cabinet, and chair for the office. I'll post photos after the room is all set up. Unfortunately Mike's stay at home was very short, less than a week. This morning I put him on a plane and he is now flying back to Hilo. Boo-hoo.

His plane took off at 5:20 a.m., so I returned home, before daylight. We'd spent the night in Eugene, so we wouldn't have to leave from Blue River in the middle of the night. We'd left home yesterday with the snow just coming down like we lived in some other climate. Here's what I returned to this morning.

My little Aloha State car was covered.

The apple tree in the front yard had succumbed to the weight of the snow and uprooted. This saddens me because it was always the tree kids could climb and hide out in. Rachel, our younger daughter, had installed wooden seats in it where she could get away and contemplate life.

The studio looked even farther away, but a deer had left footprints out near the barn.

I had the task of pushing the snow off our canvas shelters where we store our rafts. I'm too short for the job. I teetered on the uninflated rafts and realized too late that the trailer wheels are the fulcrum to the trailer and I not only teetered but tottered,too, as I lost my balance and hieght advantage. I would have laughed my head off if I'd been an observer to this.

I don't think Rosy and Foxy saw the humor at all.

When my friends in Hilo heard we were moving back to Oregon, the response was,"Isn't it really cold there?" My reply was,"We're lucky if we get snow a couple of times a year." I guess this is a very lucky year.

Stay tuned for an art inspired blog later this week.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Wow, that is a lot of snow. I had heard that the whole area was snowed in. My kids have loads too.

I looked at the first picture w/Mike and my first tho't was, cool office. My second was, Mike! what are you doing inside with your shoes on??

We are drowning here. We were in a state of emergency yesterday and last night. Waiakea Uka got 18 inches in a day. My church was cancelled. I tho't it was that there was too much water in the parking lot. Well, yes there was. It was waist high!!! The homes below were flooded. The streams are over flowing and floods everywhere. We even had shelters open. Today is just regular rain so the water levels are coming down. The road into town for me has waterfalls coming off the mauka side of the road, pouring onto the hwy. One place has police slowing down the trafic. Very weathery, aren't we? This is 80's weather for Hilo. We haven't seen this for awhile. I guess all this snow isn't all that common for you guys.

Maybe I'll see Mike on the side of the road again. Now at least I know he's here and not just a figment of imagination.

Stay safe in your snow. Petie