Everything here is weighted down under inches of ice and snow. See the tree behind Olivia? It doesn't usually touch the ground like that.
It has been freezing rain and/or snowing for the past 24 hours, and it finally stopped. We woke up to the sound of crashing several times last night. We thought it was sheets of ice falling off the roof, but now we think it may have been the neighbor's trees snapping off, one at a time.
Our county is under a state of emergency because of all the downed power lines and trees lying in the road, so my husband is home from work. Our residential neighborhood has buried electric which makes it less likely that we will lose power, and that is a HUGE blessing.
I wrapped Olivia in a blanket this morning and took her onto the porch for a few minutes to look at the snow. As soon as we came in she started whining and pounding on the door saying, "Side? Side?" So we decided to bundle her up to take her outside to play in the snow.
She has no fear, which is why the first thing she did was to trudge out into thigh-deep (for her) snow until she lost her balance...and came up with a face-full of snow.
After that, she was a little more content to stay on the already-shoveled areas and watch as Daddy continued to shovel the drive. A half-hour of this cold recreation was about all we could take, and now she's napping. And Daddy's still shoveling.