Let it snow, let it snow, let it … ok, it can stop already.

Some highlights from the Blizzard of ’09, the Winter Wallop, Snow-Pocalypse, or any of the other ridiculous catch phrases the local news station came up with.

Our winter weekend stared Friday night.  K and I had met after work for a date-night movie.  When we came out this is what we saw:

That’s my truck.  Since we drove separately, K had to get her rear-wheel drive car home as well.  Even though there was only a inch or so of snow at this time, the roads were pretty bad.  So we decided to park her car at a covered parking lot near our house (which turned out to be a pretty good decision – more on this later).

So we awoke Saturday morning to about 8  inches of snow.

The Weather Channel was in a full blown tizzy:

It’s never good when The Weather Channel sends somebody
to your city to make the old “It’s a 5 bread bagger!” joke.

At the 12″ mark, we finally gave in to the kids’ pleas to go outside.

J didn’t last long in the driving snow.

Whereas A could have stayed out all day, eating snow.

It was time for shovelling session #1.
This is what a foot of snow from behind our garage looks like in a pile
.

The snow drifting up against our dining room windows

Building up on the roof of our screened-in porch

Our landscaping lights aren’t much good under 18″ of snow.

The next day, the grand total was 19″

The house seemed to survive

The deer were easy to track

Nana’s car was a little harder to find.

I think there’s a bridge here somewhere.

I’m guessing we won’t be grilling today.

Or getting in that door.

St. Francis is under there somewhere.

The kids played …

While we dug out a place for K’s car at the end of our driveway.
(With a little help from our neighbor and his tractor)

Did I mention that we own a snowblower?  Well, technically half a snowblower.  Since we live next door to my brother, we though it would be smart to go in on one together.  It was pretty smart … until it broke at the end of last season.  Now you’re thinking “But at least you had six months to get it fixed.”  That would be true, if my brother had actually bothered to fix it.  You see, it is at his house.  And he thought he could diagnose and fix the problem by himself.  His bright, law  school trained mind reasoned that he could epoxy a broken part instead of getting it repaired.  Of course this “repair” lasted 2 seconds.  So we got to shovel.

Did I also mention our driveway is 600 feet long? We shoveled enough to get the truck out a to provide K’s car a spot at the end of the driveway.

If you remember, when last we left K’s car, it was sitting in the mall parking lot from the night before.  Since there is no way it would make it up our driveway, K will be parking at the end of our driveway and walking for the foreseeable future.  At least that worked out OK.  If we had managed to get K’s car home on Friday, it would be sitting in our garage for a week or so.

So, we survived, more or less.  It could have been worse.  Especially since our propane tank was at 0% on Thursday.  They filled it 24 hours before the snow started.

That could have been ugly.

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4 Comments on “Let it snow, let it snow, let it … ok, it can stop already.”

  1. carpoolqueen Says:

    Yay for propane trucks and for neighbors with tractors. And I hope K gets a new pair of boots for her daily trek to the end of the driveway.

    Ain’t no way those Jimmy Choo’s are going to touch all that snow.

    • imnotned Says:

      Funny you should mention that. She bought a new pair of snow boots that arrived Friday, just in time for the snow.

      And yes, just like C, this means she bought herself something the week before Christmas that would have made a good Christmas gift.

  2. quotation marks Says:

    600 feet…….600 feet……600 feet….Ha. A good time was had by all.

  3. quotation marks Says:

    I don’t know how J and A made it yesterday. They were out there for I guess 3+ hours. The cousins were a big help. As you say, you’ve got to have the right tool(s). Ask K and K. “Job #1.”


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