On Friday morning, after a night of freezing rain, we woke up to a beautiful, icy landscape, but also to power outages and some serious damage to trees.
Because we were without power, we went in search of a restaurant that was open where we could eat breakfast. Our friends Linda and UD told us that a restaurant was open near them, so we set out for the little town where they live, not too far away.
There were many trees bent down like this one in our own neighborhood. Luckily, we don’t have any trees in our yard big enough to cause this to happen.
It’s sad that some didn’t just bend — they broke.
As we got out of town, everywhere we looked, the icy landscapes were beautiful.
But, much damage too.
Funniest thing. When we pulled up in front of the restaurant, there were some of our neighbors, who also happen to be Hubby’s brother and sister-in-law. That’s one trait that runs through our whole family — we are verrrry good at sniffing out food!
After a nice hot breakfast, in a warm, well-lit restaurant we started home.
This isn’t a great picture, but it makes me smile. Because this young guy, who looked 12 or 13 years old, was pretending to throw snow balls at cars as they went by. So, when we approached, I just raised the camera and took a picture of him. THAT stopped him dead in his tracks. It was fun to make “cool guy” maybe wonder who had taken his picture while he was “teasing” drivers, and whether a copy might get back to his mom!
We were in Amish country, but we only saw a couple buggies on the road.
I know the Amish are used to it, but it chills me every time I see them in these open buggies in really cold weather.
Then we probably found out why we hadn’t seen many buggies on the road. We don’t happen by an Amish school too often, but I don’t remember ever seeing horses and buggies out in front. So, I assume, most of the time, Amish children walk to school. But, the weather must have made many Amish parents allow their children to drive the buggy to school that day. That’s the nice thing about buggy driving — no age requirement. And, besides “Dobbin” may know the way!
LOTS of buggies angle parked along the side of the road, all with their “slow-moving vehicle” orange triangle on the back.
A few minutes later, we passed another Amish school, and there were many buggies there too. They may not have telephones in their homes, but word obviously travels fast in their community.
We came upon a young Amish couple walking along the road. As we passed them, we could see that he was carrying a bundle that was obviously a baby! So, we turned around and went back to offer them a ride. Would you believe they turned us down? They acted very appreciative, but said they were only going “up there.” I assume that meant that farm up on the right. I guess they are not only much younger than me, but also of much heartier stock — “up there” would have been far enough away for me to accept a ride if it had been offered! In fact, the last thing the young man said to us, was that the walking was good exercise for them. That kind of cheerful humbleness, humbles me! The Amish, like all of us, are not perfect, but there is much to admire about them.
Well, of course, when you’re in “Amish country” you will see horses. Sleek ones like these, who pull the buggies.
And, big, powerful ones like these who pull the farming equipment.
We came to the intersection of two roads, and this barnyard was right at the corner. These two huge horses appeared to just be hanging around at the fence watching the world go by. They seemed especially interested when we stopped the car to take some pictures. It makes me wonder if there are people in the area who occasionally stop and give them an apple.
That was just the look on their faces — expectant!
I know Pioneer Woman posts pictures of horses regularly, but this is the first time since I have started my photography that I’ve had the chance to get close-up pictures of horses. Very exciting for me!
Sorry, guy. No matter how much you try to charm me with that sweet face, I don’t HAVE an apple!
It was a little harder for this smaller guy to “turn on the charm” since he was partially hidden by the icy fence, but who could resist those eyes. I do wish the dark brown horse hadn’t been standing right behind him because this picture makes him look a little like he has four ears and a huge brown tumor on the side of his head! So, you’ll just have to take my word for it — he was a cutey.
A pretty drive home.
But, frequent reminders of the damage ice can do.
When we pulled in our drive, the little reindeer in the yard next door were still peeking out at us from among the boughs of the tree bent low by ice.
And, when we went into the house, we now had power! Hooray! Lights and heat — things we take for granted, until something like an ice storm reminds us how much we need and appreciate them.
And a young Amish couple who reminded us that doing without a convenience, like a ride (or electricity), might actually be good for us!