Oosh, it took us about 4 hours to clear the driveway! Of course, there were drifts up to mid thigh deep all the way across and all the muck the snowplows threw into the mix. It was rather frustrating since the wind was still howling and many of the drifts were already reforming when we finished. The wind is still howling now. It kept snowing off and on all day. We got maybe 10 inches total??? but it's so hard to tell with the wind.
We finally made it down to the highway.
Doesn't this look like a busy state highway to you???
The view to the South...
V decided it was just as well he didn't order the snow blade- there was so much snow that he's not sure it could have handled it anyway. The 3 to 4 foot drifts would most likely have overwhelmed the 14 inch blade. So... we're thinking of acquiring a snow blower. Fortunately, the annual card from my parents arrived (with a $$ gift) so we think they may be going to get us a snowblower for the holidays.
Mom always makes counted cross stitch cards for all of us- I've got many years of them saved. Here is this year's:
Isn't it pretty?
With all the shoveling going on, I didn't get as much accomplished as I would have hoped. We did have ox-tail soup for dinner but didn't get cookies made. But....
We did put up the tree
Spaz is thoroughly fascinated.
Given that the cats are curious and slightly insane, we opted to NOT put up anything that may be breakable this year. That took many of our favorites out of the mix so the tree looks a bit more bare than usual. That and Mandy's obsession with plastic puts tinsel right out of the picture. The majority of our ornaments have stories behind them. This year, we put up many of the plastic ones we used when the children were quite small (that we haven't had to use for years). But we still have some old standards:
Little counted cross stitch angels that I made for gifts a few years ago
A cinnamon stick stable that J15 made when she was about 5.
We already got the call that the children don't have school again tomorrow but I still need to try to get to work. We're likely to have to re-clear the driveway so we can get the car out...oh, for a 4 wheel drive vehicle...but that's not in our future any time soon.
What a first winter storm for us to have here. It's being said that this is the worst storm in over 10 years here. So, at least we know we can survive 'the worst' pretty well. Of course, after 4 hours of shoveling, my back is talking to me again! I see Advil in my future....