Wednesday, February 25, 2009

What do you mean, IT"S SNOWING!!!

For Pete's sake, it is the 25th of February - our snow should be done for by now. But just after lunch it kind of started to hail, then it really started to snow, and by 4:00 when I checked with The Shepherd by radio he said it was coming down pretty hard in the North county and he would call me when he got home. (both companies we work for have the Nextel phones, so I can "beep" him during the day if need be - cool huh?)

At about 4:45, he called - "I think you'd better start home," he said.

I normally work until 6:00 p.m., but we were nearing white out conditions by that time and he feared for my safety - the Jelly Bean is not really the most reliable snow car, and, lets face it folks, we here in Western Washington are a bunch of weenies when it comes to snow.

So I got my stuff together, and started home. One of the fellows I work with helped brush the snow off my car - it was pretty much all covered in a thick layer by then.

Now,I grew up in Eastern Washington, where, in "the old days" we used to get a foot or two of snow every winter. I learned how to drive in the snow. But, it's a "different" snow over there - dryer and not so slippery - and the people who drive in it are not IDIOTS like they are here on the West side.

My normal 20 minute trip took about 40 minutes and it was just about as slippery as I can remember driving in. In fact, even though I had slowed down to about 10 miles per hour when I got close to our road, the knothead that was behind me was following so close that I couldn't brake to turn, it was so slippery - so I had to keep going down the road and come in the back way which involves going up one hill and down another - by this time, I was driving (spinning out) in a white out. Yikes.

Finally got to our driveway - The Shepherd was pacing back and forth - he had shoveled a path from where I park my car to the back door - (I wear Crocs, which inconveniently, at this time of the year, have holes in them....) He is such a nice guy!

Anyhow, all these pictures were taken just after I got home - it had snowed this much in an hour, and I was REALLY glad that I was home before dark, I am pretty sure that, as slippery as it was out there, that I would have ended up in the ditch if I had waited that extra hour to head home.

One thing that The Shepherd rescued off the front porch was my book order from Barnes and Noble - bought with the gift card that my younger sister gave me for Christmas.

I got three books -

#1 "The Crochet Dude's Designs for Guys" by Drew Emborsky - It has some pretty cool patterns in it and two that The Shepherd approved of - looks like I'll be busy, busy, busy -

The second book I got was Sys Freden's new book "Contemporary Crochet, 27 European Designs" -
Oh, man, this one makes me drool. Very, very cool stuff. I think it is going to make me get very serious about making something for myself.

I also got a new paperback, "Firefly Lane" by a local author (and a NY Times Bestseller) Kristin Hannah. I have always enjoyed her books - but it looks like it will be a while before I'm sitting on the front porch to read...

Well, I'm off to finish my church newsletter, and tomorrow night is payroll - so I'll be busy for the next few days. Have a great weekend.


Kathy said...

I almost called last night when we heard about all your snow. It's hard for me to think that you're getting our weather. We're hoping for dry and warm weather while we're gone.

I'm glad you both made it home OK. Are you able to work from home today? I sure hope so. It's not your driving in the snow, but all the idiots out there who think because they have 4WD they can drive anyway they like that's the problem.
Stay safe!

Nancy K. said...

What a touching Love story!


Sharon said...

What Kathy said! I have often slowed to a stop, right in the road, and turned my right blinker on until my tailgater has to go around me or come to a stop. They've never been into stopping. Glad it's your snow and not ours - I'm ready for spring.

Sharrie said...

We are having heavy wet snow right now so I understand what you mean. Schools closed at noon in anticipation of the storm. Bummer for the end of February!

Lavendersheep said...

It has been snowing here too. Only it melted during the day. We had about an inch over night and then it warmed up nearly to 50F during the day. This has happened two days in a row! It is so weird!

MISS PEACH ~(^.^)~ said...

Sure glad you got home safe all in all considered! This weather sure is a peach...NOT! Yesterday we had sun, blue skies, hail and snow all at the same time!! Crazy.
I am safe and warm on my cable box and mommy just gave me a bath. She found a lump on my tail....ugh. It is rough getting old.
Thank you so much for the email today...that sure did make our day filled with smiles and head nodding!
Love Miss Peach

Jan's Funny Farm said...

We're glad you made it safely home in that weather. It must be nice to have someone care enough to warn you when you need to leave early and to shovel a path for you. The pacing was a nice bit too. He was concerned. How sweet.