Wednesday, February 18, 2009


Main Entry: vi·gnette
Pronunciation: \vin-ˈyet, vēn-\
Function: noun
1: a running ornament (as of vine leaves, tendrils, and grapes) put on or just before a title page or at the beginning or end of a chapter; also : a small decorative design or picture so placed
2: a: a picture (as an engraving or photograph) that shades off gradually into the surrounding paper b: the pictorial part of a postage stamp design as distinguished from the frame and lettering
3: a: a short descriptive literary sketch b: a brief incident or scene (as in a play or movie)

I've been absent again from the blogisphere. We were at the hideaway for 4 days and when we got back, I must have still been in 'seclusion' mode.

When we got to the hideaway Friday evening, there was 30 inches of snow on the ground and 6 more inches fell that night. But we prepared for Sunday, which was warned as blizzard conditions and the likelihood of a power outage all day because of the expected high winds. We were told another 30-40 inches of snow could come down that weekend.

We were kind of looking forward to it. We've never been through a storm like that before, and we were prepared.

The neighbors, who live there full-time, were not looking forward to it. To them, it's a pain-in-the-ass rather than a novelty to us part-timers.

Well, it snowed only 8-10 more inches from Saturday morning till we left late Monday night. To the neighbor's delight.

When we left late Monday night, it was still snowing. On our way to the highway, the car, which has all wheel drive, hit a patch of black ice, and decided to do a 180. We weren't going fast, but we were going downhill, and we slowly slid across the road, slowly rotating to the left, till we hit the snowbank on the side of the street that the snowplows had left.

Luckily, no cars were behind us, no cars in front of us.
Luckily, we were going slow, 20mph, so as we skid, it was like watching it in slow motion and by the time we hit the snowbank, we had slowed down enough that it felt more like a strong bump rather than a crash.
Luckily, we rotated left towards the hillside, rather than right, towards the drop of the mountain side.
Luckily, there was soft snow for us to crash into.
Luckily, no damage to the car or to us.

So that's my short vignette of our weekend incident.
And I vignetted all the photos from our hideaway.
Which ironically, even tho the little crash was barely a blip on our weekend, it did shade the weekend a tiny bit grayer. But just around the bottom edge rather than all around.
Truth is, I had already forgotten about it till I started recalling the weekend to write this post, that's how insignificant it was. Phew!


rosemary said...

I wrote a whole big sour comment about snow and then deleted enjoy the hideaway too much for me to be a sourpuss. Glad you were OK with the slide.

Anonymous said...

Yikes! I'm glad the planets aligned just right for you guys. The photos are beautiful. - v

Ragged Around the Edges said...

Glad you are safe and sound. . . sounds scary.

Beautiful, beautiful photographs, such a magical place it seems.

Shammickite said...

That's a lot of snow, I had no idea that you could have that much snow in California. I always think of CA as sunshine and surfboards but I suppose it isn't when you are way up in the mountains.
So we canadians haven't cornered the market on snow after all!Lovely pictures.
Your new Prez MR Obama came to visit Canada on Thursday, he didn't stay long, just long enough to chat with our Prime Minister and a few other pollies, and then he strolled around the Byward Market and bought Maple Leaf cookies for his girls. He was given a huge welcome with people travelling to Ottawa from all parts of the country to see him.

Ginnie said...

Ohhhhh. I know that feeling, Mad, because it happened to me in Michigan at the beginning of January on the way back to the airport. There had been a freezing rain with black ice all over the roads. We did the same thing and ended up on the other side of the road, stopped by the gravel shoulder (country road). It was enough to scare the bejesus out of us for several minutes but we continued on and arrived safely at the Detroit airport. So glad we all lived to tell about it!

Nan said...

My grandkids would love that much snow, and I loved the pictures until "gulp" I read what you said about mountainsides and sliding. So glad you drifted the right direction!

Anonymous said...

um... which is why I have the issues with CLIFFS!!!!!! beautiful pics though!

Jodi said...

These photos are gorgeous! I've skidded on ice before, but never on the side of a mountain!!! OMG! I'm so glad you are okay.

Unknown said...

I'm glad your ok after all that snow!

Anonymous said...

I love this WHOLE series. The ones you had on FB were amazing.