Wednesday, January 28, 2015

The Blizzard of 2015

Well, we survived the Blizzard of 2015.

It was a long, long day but the electricity remained on and so did our heat, and for that we were extremely grateful.

When it was all said and done, I'd say that we got about 27 inches, but it's hard to get an exact amount since there was so much blowing and drifting.

We didn't go outside until mid-afternoon.  It was hard to move around (as you can imagine) and it was hard to see since the snow and the wind were relentless.

Georgia has been begging for money-making opportunities since she is saving up for a watch, so she offered to help Gordy with the shoveling.  

Gordy mostly used the snow blower to clear the driveway.  It took forever and he had to do the entire length twice, just because the snow didn't stop until around ten o'clock last night.  I shoveled the last two inches of snow off the driveway this morning.  

The highlight of the blizzard for me was sledding down our road - which for all of you who have never been to our house, is an incredibly steep, curvy mountain, which when covered in snow, it's not unlike a luge track.

During normal snow falls, it's not safe to sled on our road since it's a one-lane street and you could easily get hit by a car on it's way up the hill, but blizzard days are perfect for street-sledding.  Massachusetts had a driving ban in effect and the only cars out and about were snowplows which don't often find themselves in our neighborhood.  

Josie and I took two passes down the hill and the second pass was perfect.  We had just the right speed and the track created from our first run enabled us to go all the way down the hill, making every curve.

I'm sorry I didn't get any pictures, because I'm certain the event was Olympic-worthy.

How did the puppy do in the storm?

She spent a lot of time at the top of our mudroom stairs, watching us from this window:

I joined her there after the sledding.  All in all, Pippa Middleton has been fine with the snow.  It's been a little more difficult finding her a place to use the toilet since the snow was twice her height (and then some), but she's been a good sport.  We gave her as much indoor exercise as we could, since outdoor walks were out.

And pugs, by nature, are happiest when sleeping on a lap and a blizzard certainly provides plenty of lap time.

All three kids had snowdays yesterday and today.  I walked into town to take an exercise class this morning, and I was horrified to see that none of the schools or sidewalks had been plowed out yet.  Henry's school will definitely be back in session tomorrow, but who knows about the girls'.  

The sun has been out a few times today, but it's freezing cold and nothing has melted.  We're expecting another snow storm on Friday.  

Thanks for all your nice comments on my last post!  We survived!

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