People Are Not The Only Ones

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People are not the only ones who have been extremely stressed throughout this Winter Storm Knife. Some of my cats have been very upset, jumping right out of their skins at times. Sassy, whose picture I just took, is one of my cats who has been freaking out. Last night, I spent hours with her on the couch just Loving her, cuddling her, holding her. Today you see the results. She is finally settling down.

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iPad Photography/ “People Are Not The Only Ones” 2014©AmyRose

IF …

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… my husband and I had NOT cleaned off our roofs yesterday, our gutters may have gotten torn off. This morning looking out my eating room door window, I saw our neighbor’s gutter torn off from the weight of the snow and ice. The damage is down to the facia, which means they will now be getting water inside their home.

I am still using my iPad for photography for both convencience, quickness of editing pictures, and for safety reasons. Yesterday I dropped my iPad in the snow, and I have never been more grateful at that moment that I chose my iPad over my Canon to document this storm. I may attempt to drive around today to keep documenting this storm. I am thinking of using my Canon for this purpose.

The temperatures are about 46ºF (8ºC). I have not listened to the news yet and I really don’t want to. The huge dump trunks are still transporting snow from various locations now, and dumping that snow elsewhere. I will try to find out where today, IF I can.

Here is the iPad photo at maximum zoom, so it is not very clear. I added the red arrows to point out the torn gutter that is now hanging by a “river of ice”. Again, IF I am able to I will keep documenting this Winter Storm Knife that has devastated WNY, and where I live in Lancaster, NY. Stay tuned …

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iPad Photography/ “IF” 2014©AmyRose

Phase 3 Of Winter Storm Knife (9 iPad Images)

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Dear Friends, again I am not able to say how grateful I am for your thoughts and prayers, for your concern and Love, and for all of you who have left comments and/or reblogged my posts regarding Winter Storm Knife to ask for prayer. I am humbly and deeply grateful.

As I have been saying, patience on your end is so appreciated as I slowly make my way through the many comments I have yet to answer. For those of you who are new to Petals, I believe in interaction and communication, all leading to friendships. I do my best to answer comments as soon as I can, but being in this disaster, I have gotten very far behind.

Now for some facts and then more pictures of what my husband and I have done today and what is occurring here around our home. All night and all day going down our street in Lancaster, NY, huge dump trunks have been going back and forth carrying snow from one location and dumping it in another. Now, if I was only a photo journalist I would not hesitate to get into my car and find out both locations to tell you. Again for those of you who really don’t know me yet, I have a very full life besides my blog and photography. If you are curious, you are more then welcome to read my About Page, and My Life Page.

Getting back to my reporting …. My guess regarding these dump trucks is that they are attempting to remove as much snow from around the creek located in Como Park. When that creek floods it is a horrible disaster.

I’ve heard sirens go off all day long. We lost our power for a little while this morning, too long for me, but after a short period, power resumed. It has begun to rain in earnest today, pouring at times. The temperatures have been hovering around 40ºF (10ºC) all day long, and over night they are supposed to rise into the 50′s. Everyone I have spoken to admit their nerves are stretched taunt. The last I heard, 30 more roofs have caved in, and the death total is still to my knowledge, at 13. There is now a flood warning in affect. No surprise there.

When I fed the birds this morning, I looked at the back of our house and alarm immediately resulted. I knew we had to get on a ladder to bring icicles and snow down from off our roofs. Which brings me to the picture part of this post.

This morning I heard a huge noise and saw

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massive amounts of snow that fell off one of our roofs. My second alarm for the day went off and so I went to my husband to tell him we must clear off some of our roofs today. This is what we have been doing most of this day.

We both ate breakfast and out we went. This is what the back of the house looked like before we started to clear it ….

imageThe next three photos are of my husband clearing icicles and snow from off two  roofs.

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This next photograph is what he finished before he went on break.

imageAs I sat on one of these waiting for him ….

imageI waited and I waited. Oh come on! I knew he was yakking on his cell. So I took matters into my own hands and decided to continue the job. Now, I moved that big ladder all by myself and managed to clear off 1/2 of that roof in the time he yakked. I ran into a problem here. I am the photographer. How was I to snap a pic of me on the ladder doing what my husband did? My answer. I took a photo of the complete job I did and then one of me covered in snow ….

imageimageNow to close this post I don’t have a photograph of the finished job. I was wet, cold, tired, and I had to get inside to comfort my special needs cats, then feed them. I knew the noise we were making outside would upset them. As of this writing, my babies are chilling.

I send all of you my Love with this post, and again a huge thank you for all you have done for me and all who live in Western New York. Bless you!!! Bless you!!

iPad Photography/ “Phase 3 Of Winter Storm Knife” 2014©AmyRose

Please Keep The Prayers And Thoughts Coming

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image[This picture was taken from my eating room window, from the sill itself to try to express to you how deep this snow is. This photo really does not convey the huge amount of snow you are looking at that stands well over the sill of my window.]

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Dearest Friends …. To even try to put into words how deeply touched I am by all your concern, prayers, thoughts, Love, and Light, is not possible. We are living through one of the greatest disasters known to WNY and Lancaster, NY. At times it is terrifying, gut wrenching fear wanting to just take over. That I will not allow to happen.

I am feeling very tired this day, my face pale, my stomach hurting, bouts of dizziness coming and going, and all I want to do is to lay down and sleep. I am not able to do this. My husband and I must clear out our basement today, putting everything that is on the floor up on shelves, horses, my washing machine and dryer … anything we can find to get things up off the floor. Floods are going to start as of tomorrow.

How bad we are going to be affected we don’t know. But, we have over ninety inches of snow on the ground, and with the warming temperatures, we will have flooding. Please please keep praying.

And I am also asking something I do not normally do. Could you reblog either this post or any other of my other posts in which I reported the circumstances in this Winter Storm Knife, and with that reblog, please ask people to pray for us and all those who live here?

If any of you have been watching the news, you know how bad it is here. There are still streets that have not been plowed. Thousands of stranded vehicles have not been dug out and the fear is foremost if there are dead inside those vehicles. No one knows, and yes there are reports of missing people. Now with this flood coming, I honestly don’t know how all of us our going to manage. We all are exhausted beyond exhausted.

I am leaving comments open for those of you who wish to convey to me and my family your well wishes. I cannot promise you to respond to those comments. We have about 6-8 hours of work in front of us to get our basement ready for the floods. And then who knows what tomorrow brings. One moment at a time … That is all we can do here.

In closing, I cannot begin to thank each and every one of you for your support, your caring, your Love, and your prayers. You are helping us more then you know. With all my Love, Amy

iPad Photography/ “Please Keep the Prayers And Thoughts Coming” 2014©AmyRose

Shocking Surrealistic Snow Storm Shots (13 iPad Images)

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This is my third and final post of the day. The snow has finally stopped coming down, to which I think now the total snow fall in Lancaster, NY is a whopping 90″. You know, I write these numbers and it just is not going into my head, that we really have this much snow on the ground, falling in a matter of 3 days. Now that I have seen what I have, I can honestly say nothing is impossible!

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