Last week Sunday we awoke to a fresh coat of snow on the ground. It is like Christmas for our children when this happens. Boots were strapped on, mittens fit snugly on hands, and coats fastened all before 8:00 AM. Which is necessary in our corner of the Pacific Northwest as most of our snow melts by the afternoon.
Monday was Martin Luther King Day and the schools were closed. We enjoyed a quiet day at home watching fresh snow flurries start and then stop throughout the day.
Tuesday brought wet slushy snow remnant of my Midwest childhood. School was cancelled and a large snowman was built in the backyard. As the day continued, the snow was replaced with rain. Constant pouring rain.
We awoke to this on Thursday. Our whole backyard was a lake. The boots were pulled out again.
Even with all the rain we get in Oregon, I have never seen our yard this flooded. And the rain kept falling. We had to pick up our daughter from school after lunch as all the schools were closing.
And we had it mild compared to others! This school bus turned over on its side about two miles from our house. There were six middle school students in the bus and thankfully no one was killed or injured. School was cancelled on Friday as the waters were still receding.
Needless to say it was a very unusual week. I went for a run today by some of the areas in our neighborhood that were underwater on Thursday. Although the creeks are still high, roads and bridges are open. Sandbags are beginning to be put away. I think everyone is ready for a normal week.