Thursday, March 5, 2009

Holy Blowing Snow, Batman!

Just so that we didn't think spring was actaully on its way, Winter has made a ferocious comeback.

Yesterday was a lovely day.....snow melting, water from the melting snow dripping off the roof, sun shining and could almost smell spring in the air.

Just as I was about to go to bed last night, I heard dogs barking outside, telling me that the wind was blowing hard enough to blow the back door open. We called the dogs back in and locked the door so it wouldn't blow open. I was just drifting off to sleep when those 4 legged, furry scardy-cats started barking at the wind. I dragged myself out of bed, put the garbage can up on the cupboard, took the 2 males to my bedroom and directed them to their bed (which they usually only get to sleep in when Jim is home) and settled the 2 females on the couches so they'd all quit barking. (The 5th dog is Daniel's and he had her in his room already).

Everyone slept all night, thankfully.

This morning, I told Dan I was driving him to work so I wasn't stuck at home with no transportation because I expected that my little car would not be making it through what would be drifted roads. (Dan's car is in the shop so he has been driving my truck).

I backed out of the parking spot and headed out the drive toward the road.

Woah! The drive was blocked by a drift - at least 4 feet high!

I drive a Ford Excursion - the same size as a 1 ton truck, so my truck is no pansy when it comes to things that would slow a smaller vehicle down, but this drift......I just looked at it, trying to gage whether or not I could get through it. Dan told me to 'go for it' because it didn't look hard yet.

OK, what's the worst that could happen? I get stuck and have to walk back to the house? It's not that cold out (in fact, it is only about 10 or 15 below's just that the wind makes it feel much colder). So, I lined up with the center of the drive and gave 'er. My beast sliced through that thing like butter!

Out on the road, Dan decided to call his boss and say he was likely going to be late because of the roads. His boss told him to stay home. By the time we got to the corner where I could turn around, I was glad I did not have to navigate 35 kms of drifts, accumulated snow, and poor visibility due to blowing snow.....then come back through the same thing!

BTW, getting back through the drift in the driveway was not quite as easy since I could not hit it straight on.....but we made it.

So, we have a snow day (actually a rare occurance) and I am hoping the county still has me on their list for clearing my driveway when they bring the grader down our road.....probably tomorrow or even the next day - since we are not on a school bus route, our road is low priority. This drift is just a little much for our little tractor to tackle. Maybe I'll send Dan out to shovel some of it away before it gets hardend.

This had nothing to do with weight loss, but I thought I'd share it with y'all - especially those of you basking in the sunshine and warm weather already.

On another non weight-related subject......The large multi-national oil company my hubby works for laid off THREE HUNDRED people from their Calgary office yesterday. 300! That is like 6 floors of people. This does not bode well for work over the summer. If they are laying off that many office staff, they must not be expecting to be doing much work in the field.


~TMcGee~ said...

Oh my....I am so done with winter! I'm sorry that spring got it's little nose shoved back out the door. lol Hopefully, it will warm right back up and melt all the new snow.
Sorry to hear about the layoffs. :-(

Skye's the Limit said...

I hate to hear y'all are going through that, but thanks for the story! As you can imagine, someone from the deep south sure can get a kick out hearing about snow! lol

Take care Karyn and enjoy y'all "snow day"!

bbubblyb said...

My snow day was Monday, so I know all about getting the vehicle out of the yard lol. Glad you got to come back home. Terrible news about the 300 workers, these days things are tough. Hope you're having a good day in spite of it all.

arlene said...

The first thing Daniel said when we got all this new snow was that he hopes it postpones breakup. (for Jim) We are both praying about that for ya'll.