Last weekend, we had an ice storm that left our area looking like it was covered in diamonds- the limbs of the trees hung to the ground from the weight of the ice, and broken branches littered the yard. The beauty of the sunshine reflecting off of the ice sculptures was breath taking- almost like Christmas tree lights covering the trees and buildings.
The down side of this winter wonderland is that we have been "unplugged" in regards to internet. Our dish was coated with ice, and just today I managed to get things cleared off and working again. (I'm getting pretty handy at doing basic Cable Tech checks, since everything from wind to ice to moisture in the cable connections can take out our service.)
It's been a fairly nice break, but it really emphasizes how connected we are through our internet- almost every group that the kids belong to communicates meetings and event details via email; our friends feel snubbed if we don't respond to their emails, and it's the main way our adoption agency contacts us with updates, so it's kind of a big deal!
Anyway, it's kinda nice to be back :-)