Snowmageddon, Blizzard of Oz, Snowpocalypse…

Our front yard tree

Our front yard tree this morning

Whatever you call it, the past 5 days have been a batch o’ suck, weatherwise. You people who live north will say I’m being a whiny pussy here, but there is a reason I don’t live norther than I do. I have no desire to deal with this frozen crap in these amounts.

One of the roads I would normally take home. I wasn't on it on Thursday. These poor saps were, though. For hours.

One of the roads I would normally take home. I wasn’t on it on Thursday. These poor saps were, though. For hours.

Mom got stuck in the city last Thursday and ended up at my house for 2 days till the roads got cleared. Got most of the snow off of the driveway except for a huge mountain in the middle. Sunny days Saturday and Sunday helped.

It started to snow again with almost white out conditions on my drive home last night.

This was pretty much what I saw for over an hour on the way home last night.

This was pretty much what I saw for over an hour on the way home last night. Not my picture. My drive had more cars just on the edge of sight and I’m not nuts enough to take pictures while driving in these conditions. Usually.

The mayor pre-emptively declared a State of Emergency yesterday and begged businesses to close for today so their employees wouldn’t be out on the roads.

I’m home today, watching snow and waiting to work extra hours the rest of the week to not have to spend vacation time on this nonsense. My company is good about lots of things but they are pretty weasely when it comes to not wanting to spend overhead money. They’ll lock the office for the day and tell you to make sure if you come in that you have your passcard and do just about everything but say the office is officially closed (because then they have to pay everyone for a day not at work). I guess I should be grateful for that – if they were more freewheeling about it, there might be more “layoffs” next month like we had last Wednesday. At least I still have a job with vacation time to bitch about.

Oh, and shovelling. Lots of shovelling this morning. Not the whole driveway, I'm not nuts. Just paths to the doors and enough to get the cars out.

Oh, and shovelling. Lots of shovelling this morning. Not the whole driveway, I’m not nuts. Just paths to the doors and enough to get the cars out.

That's my foot and my knee. Standing on our front porch.

That’s my foot and my knee. Standing on our front porch.

One good thing about snow: throwing cats out in it! Kira was pretty hesitant her first time out on Friday. Then she played with the snow clumps, batting snowballs around till they fell apart. Of course, I didn’t get her on video until after that bit of cute. Here she just spent time trying not to break through the crust into the deeper snow and trying to figure out how to step between the snow but still be on the deck and not the gaps between the boards.

Oh, and the other good thing about snow: snow ice cream!

I can eat this stuff all day long till my face is frozen. Unfortunately, I think the snow from today is going to be too wet to make snow ice cream. I know it doesn’t make sense – going to add wet to it anyway, right? But snowman snow doesn’t make the best snow ice cream.

3/4 cup milk or half-and-half, generous amount of vanilla, 1/2-2/3 cup sugar, snow to make ice cream consistency. You can use koolaid, too, or juice.

The backyard. Heard a transformer blow this morning but so far we have power.

The backyard. Heard a transformer blow this morning but so far we have power. Visibility is a huge issue today as well. Tiny snow now that is blowing from every direction.

9 Responses to “Snowmageddon, Blizzard of Oz, Snowpocalypse…”

  1. Uh, holy cow. I live a bit far north for my taste, and I’m in South Texas. FTS!!!

  2. David says:

    I miss all the white stuff, until I recall driving in it, shoveling snow, power outages w/drifts up to our doors (over the porch and more), etc. Then I look out at the light dusting of sluch that caused a school “snow day” here (OK, I’ll admit there was a lot more and over ice at that out on some of the back country roads) and think, “OK. That’s just about right.”

    Stay warm and safe.

    • Nicole says:

      Yeah, it’s nice to see falling down and even building up. As long as you don’t have to get out in it. :)

  3. Spad13 says:

    Normally I would make fun of a southron whining about snow, but you have been hit too hard too fast to tease.

    Be careful shoveling especially the heavy wet shit you can hurt your back or blow out your ticker if ya ain’t careful.

    Stay inside and have some ice cream hopefully it will melt. :)

    • Nicole says:

      I took lots of breaks while shoveling. And melting is what I’m counting on for 90% of the driveway. We both have 4wd/awd vehicles so I just shoveled to the point that we can get in and out. The huge mountain in the middle of the driveway isn’t gonna melt till about April I figure. :)

  4. Lynn says:

    We probably would have several inches of snow on the ground if the temperature had ever dropped below freezing. Overnight low while all the snow was falling was 34 degrees.