We Made It Thru – Temporarily

Hey everybody!

Just a quick note for you today to let you know that we survived our “little” snow incident.    😉   

It took 2 days, but the roads are finally cleared – just in time for our newest Winter Storm Watch. Apparently the 7 – 10 inches we received around the area was not enough snow for one blast – we are now supposed to get 2 – 6 more inches by tomorrow night (depending on how the storm line shifts)!!

Allrighty then.

Nevermind that when the last blast moved into the area we had almost 40 accidents on a 5 mile long stretch of Highway in just a few hours! Almost 100 accidents in the surrounding area in just under 24 hours…. God Bless our Police/EMS/Fire Depts who were stuck out working all of those wrecks surrounding the Lake Area! Quite a few of our local farmers (God Bless them too) were out there diligently assisting the efforts with their tractors – pulling stuck snow plows out, rescuing stranded vehicles and plowing side streets and back roads as they were able. Apparently you could get around just fine – if you were “driving” a John Deere or a Massie/Ferguson!    😉   

By the Grace of God I was able to get thru all of it safely, and do my “day job” (at a whopping 20 mph – maximum).  It was a very long day.    🙂   

That was okay by me – since the main focus was to get thru the day unscathed and in one piece. The most un-nerving aspect of such a day is the moment that you realize there are weeds poking thru the snow in your driving path because the road is so buried/snow-covered that you can’t tell what is road and what is ditchline/field, and you are having to drive the area by “memory” of where the road/curves are supposed to be!

Ahhhhhhh….. driving in the Ozarks……    🙂   

YeeHaw!!

I think now would be a good time to go find the tire chains.

    🙂

Day 2

Well, I made it home yesterday. The storm system stalled a bit (Thank You God), and didn’t come in until around 6 pm – instead of the original time of 3 pm that they forecast. Most everyone in the area had made it home and hunkered down by then – except for a few of our teens who were headed to church when it hit.

Can you say Parental pins and needles Panick Attack?????

Luckily, my gaggle of kids (“adopted” and mine) quickly realized the worsening conditions, did an about-face and headed back home! Needless to say, I breathed a HUGE sigh of relief when I was able to do my best Baseball Umpire impression and yell “SAFE!!!!” as my son slid sideways into the yard! It was all good – the large Snowplow Truck that was going to be my new “Lawn Ornament”, had made it out (and was merrily on his way) about 20 minutes prior.    😉   

So, believe it or not, I am off to go head out to work. YES – I have to work (drive) in this “crap”…. UGH!!

Let’s hope that even though I have not heard/seen a Plow Truck go by since 3 am (even though snow is still falling and we are at 6 inches and counting), that the roads are passable by 4-wheel drive. Thank God for trucks!!!

Hopefully Mr. Plowboy isn’t stuck again….. I really don’t want to have to pull him out!    😉   

Have a great/safe/warm day!

🙂

“It’s Baaaacccckkk!!!”

Time, yet again, to batten-down-the-hatches!

We are about to be the recipient of yet another Snow Storm “presant”!

UGH!!!

The last of the snow on the ground from our last “episode” just finally melted off yesterday!

Now, they are advising us that we will get between 5 – 9 inches in the next 24 hours starting around 3:00 pm today. Just in time for the evening commute home! The National Weather Service is advising everyone to make “alternate” travel plans for tonight and tomorrow, as they foresee most roads being impassable in a very short period of time, and snow plows unable to run/keep up!

Those of us who must drive for hours for our “Day Jobs” are NOT thrilled with the thought of what we are about to have to deal with.

No – I do not drive for hours “to” and “from” my day job – driving for hours IS my day job! Approximately 4 + hours on “good” days, and up to 7 + hours on the “bad” weather/road condition days. The drive “to” and “from” work is only about a half an hour trip each way. 

However, considering that my old job was an hour drive “to” and “from” work, then an 8 hour shift of straight drive time (on good days), I am Blessed and highly grateful for the job I have now – esp. in this kind of weather!! Controlling several thousand pounds of vehicle/cargo  vs. controlling 35,000 lbs + of vehicle/cargo on these hilly, careening roads with drop-offs on both sides is MUCH easier/less stressful!!

So, it is off to work I go – praying for the weather to hold off until I am once again safely ensconced in my home this evening.

Wish me luck!!

    😉   

Stay safe and warm y’all!

p.s.  Before you ask – YES, I can/do/have drive(n) anything with wheels, and several things without. My Grandpa was a Big-Rig driver for an oil refinery, who taught me how to drive long before the age of 10 (my nickname was “Boy” LOL). This has come in very handy in my lifetime!    😉     My first lessons were on our old FARM-ALL with a 25′ hay trailer attached. My next lessons were on our FORD pick-em up truck. My first car lessons were on his Fast-Back Mustang. This seemed “backwards” in vehicle-size learning to me – until I was older and understood/appreciated the “importance” of the Fast-Back!!    😉   

I loved that car!!

Too much fun on our old gravel roads!  Hehehehehe    🙂   

NO – I never wrecked ANY of these – MaMaw would have KILLED us both (me and my Grandpa)!! But, since she was a nurse – I guess she could have “fixed” us back up later.    🙂   

Have a great day!!

Snow Days: Kids vs. Adults

Remember when you were a kid and so looked forward to/hoped/prayed for snow days??

You were determined to have that day off. You had your snow day all planned out, you refused to do/think about your homework (if it wasn’t done yet),  thought of a million things you could/would do the next day,  and spent most of your evening looking out the window to see how things were progressing.

You planned on sleeping in, hanging out in your jammies eating all of the cereal you could consume, watching cartoons, building snowmen, making snow angels and beating the bejeepers out of any kid in throwing distance with the impressive snowballs you would hurl at them mercilessly all day long!

It would be GLORIOUS!!

No schoolwork. No homework. No teachers. No nothing – other than F.U.N.!!!

YAY!!!!

Now – fast forward to that dreaded word – Adulthood!

Now – you sit glued to your “technology of choice” tracking the advancing storm, its arrival time and accumulation amounts. You race to the local stores for necessary staples like milk, bread, eggs, chocolate, toilet paper, snow shovels and salt. You obsess over things like covering your car’s windshield with tarps; finding your “lost” snow boots; figuring out how to call in “sick” the next day (and remain employed) so you don’t have to drive in the coming mess; and are they going to cancel school – or not???

Your day is all planned too. You get up early to check snow totals; get ready for work (just in case you HAVE to go in); check school closings, and “utter colorful words” at the T.V./radio for not announcing your school yet; make breakfast; shovel the porch; shovel the sidewalk; shovel out your car (if you can find it); shovel the driveway; “break into” your car thru the ice-cube encasing it so you can start it to warm it up/thaw it out; check school closings – again; call everyone you know who might have ventured out already to get road condition info (and see if they have heard about school closing yet); Obsess about the school closing – until it is FINALLY announced (5 min. before you are supposed to leave); send kids back to bed; find out that you can stay home too; turn off the car; re-shovel path/walkway; start planning lunch; spread more rock salt; change into dry clothes; think about a nap; make some more coffee; start on housework, and assign everyone their “chores” for the day.

It is now 8:00 am.

You wish you were a kid again.

Snow days were soooooo much more fun then…..

Solution for rest of day: Go throw on your fuzzy slippers, throw something in the crock-pot so lunch/dinner can “cook itself”, curl up on the sofa under a warm blanky with some hot chocolate until later today – the go beat the “know-it-all” kids butt’s in a massive snowball fight!! Oh yeah, and make a few snow angels along the way!

Why not???? It is a snow day!    😉

What Happens When Men Measure….

 

Oh my! There ARE large evergreens under there – somewhere….

They are almost 6 foot tall……

The birdbath is almost 4 foot tall, and those yard lights sit 12 inches above ground! Hmmmm….4 inches of snow Weatherboy?!?! You need a new yardstick!!!

The dropoff to the lake doesn’t look much better…..  4 inches huh????

So, using the Weatherboys yardstick – I wonder exactly how long that makes these icicles hanging off of our friends front porch roof????

 

Especially since Troy had to duck to go into his house…..and he’s 6’6…..

I think Weatherboy needs to relearn his measurements….someone lied to him! BIGTIME!!!!     😉

Stay Warm!!

Twas the night before Christmas….

Twas the night before Christmas and all thru the land,

the wrapping paper was strewn about,

bows, ribbon and tissue paper in hand.

Earlier than normal, children were hustled off to bed,

while visions of new toys and puppies danced in their heads.

A dolly for Susie, a Big-boy Bike for Jack.

A sweater for mommy, that she hoped to not have to take back.

Screwdrivers, hammers, pliers and such.

Curses, assembly directions, bandaids and blood.

All is endured just to show the little ones your love.

“Some assembly required” is SUCH an evil phrase,

causing mumbling, hair pulling and eyes to become glazed.

While the hours tick oh so swiftly away,

the little ones peek out their windows to hopefully spy a large sleigh.

When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,

everyone was sure something was the matter.

They raced to the windows only to see,

2 crazed neighbors arguing by a tree.

A confrontation had now ensued,

regarding exactly whose parking space was whose.

When up in the sky there suddenly appeared,

snowflakes the size of quarters, for the first time this year!

A hush quickly fell upon the cozy little street,

while all gazed in wonder at the now snowy scene.

Smiles appeared on faces, one and all,

as those big, fluffy snowflakes continued to fall.

Suddenly the reality of Christmas was here,

and Peace took over while hearts filled with cheer.

Neighbors shook hands and went on their merry way,

children finally laid down their heads to pray.

Mommy and daddy quietly finished their chores,

 before heading off to bed for some Christmas Eve snores.

Tomorrow is Christmas, and now all was well.

In the morning peals of laughter every house would fill.

Joy would take over, toys would be found,

family would be cherished, and new memories abound.

For this one day there would be Peace in the land,

Christ would be remembered, and Love would be on hand.

So, to you and yours I send these greetings your way,

Merry Christmas to all, and may you have a truly Blessed Christmas Day!!

Merry Christmas too all, and to all a Good Night!!

Shady

Santa….

Santa, please define “Naughty”???? I only ask because according to some, I’ve been really good (nice) this year. However, according to others, I’ve been really not-so-good (naughty?) this year. In my defense Santa, the one’s who say I’ve been naughty are MUCH naughtier than I…..so, I’m confused!?!?

Thus, I’m pleading my case for the “Good” category this year, and hoping that you see it the same way.  🙂  Therefore, here is my Christmas Wish List – just in case you agree:

Dear Santa,

Please bring me a Live-In Maid/Assistant, so that I can accomplish some of the things that I would like to do for me (selfish, I know, but it IS MY Wish list). She needs to be responsible for, and able to, take care of all of the everyday needs/requirements/demands of all of the crazy people living in my house. The care-taking, the cooking, the cleaning, the laundry, the errand running, the mess-containment and removal of the messes left in their wakes (this is different from regular cleaning duties), the refereeing, etc., etc., etc….. She must be on a first-name basis with the vacuum cleaner, and so friendly with the dishwasher that their relationship makes her friends jealous! The washer and dryer are considered her two bestest friends, and the broom and dustpan invited her to their wedding. She must have more energy than the “Energizer Bunny”, be able to operate on minimal (if any) sleep, and – ohhh yeah – she MUST look just like me so that “THEY” don’t know that I’m actually M.I.A.!!

This Blessed gift would free me up to actually have enough time to get my Christmas Cookies baked (and delivered), the final quilts finished up for Christmas gifts, take care of the Christmas Cards (not even started yet!!), and MAYBE sit down long enough to watch my Christmas movies (Annabelle’s Wish, Miracle on 34th Street, etc.). She would be SOOOOOO appreciated – at least by me!!  🙂

If, by some chance, you are unable to locate such a perfect gift I do have a couple of other suggestions. Perhaps, a 24 hour snowstorm that drops 5 foot of snow so that NOTHING – esp. those dadburned Mail Trucks – can move. Then I could just sit on the couch under a quilt watching movies, and baking cookies (gotta multi-task doncha’ know)! However, the snow has to all melt in 48 hours so that I don’t have to shovel it, or drive in it.  🙂 

Now, if you’re feeling REALLY generous, a new laptop and a plane ticket to the Caribbean (one-way please, or at least one with a 6 month return date!) would be most welcome too!!  🙂

I hope this helps you in your gift-giving decisions, and I’ll be anxiously awaiting your arrival! Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m gonna go start packing, and I’ll try to bake you a few cookies before you get here. However, I might have to substitute in a Fruitcake instead!! 😉

Merry Christmas.

Love, Shady