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Sunday, February 6, 2011

Blizzard!

I know many of you also experienced the Blizzard that hit us last week. It was one widespread storm!
On Wednesday we had 18 new inches of snow and everything was closed. There were 1154 closings on our local station.
One place that never closes was the Nursing Home where I work. I knew I would need to get to work. Heather works as a cook there, so she needed to get in as well. My Blazer is a 4 wheel drive, so we figured we could do it.
We bundled up, taking extra clothes along since we didn't know how long we would have to stay and took off...
and got stuck in the driveway!
On top of the 18 inches, was the wind which had created huge drifts and one was at the end of the driveway. Bob had to do some snow blowing and we left again.
We had to drive for several miles following 2 tracks, before we got to a road where a plow truck had done a little plowing. When we got to the road the Nursing home is on, we were in trouble again. It was filled with snow. I didn't dare to go too slow or I would have gotten stuck again.
Finally I made it - a little late, but there!
We were a little short staffed, but not bad. One of our aides had taken in a big 4 wheel drive truck and had been out picking people up. Several people had gotten stuck at the end of the road the Nursing home is on and she rescued them too.

This is the walk to the front door. It doesn't show it well, but we were walking through knee high snow to get in.


This shows how high the drifts got.



Another drift outside a side door.


Snow piling up on the roof...



and everywhere else!



The birds braved the cold and wind to get a meal.


By the afternoon, the sun was out. The afternoon staff was able to get in and I got to go home on time!
Here's Bob clearing a path to his workshop. The snow is almost as tall as his snow blower!


This shows you how deep the snow is.



This is our back yard, covered in snow!
That's enough for awhile, I'm ready for Spring!

30 comments:

Tammy said...

Thank goodness you got there safe!! Stay warm!!

Karen said...

I'll bet you are, ready for spring! I've never worked a job where people depended on me to get to work, no matter what the weather. I'm sure the residents at the nursing home are very grateful for employees like you!

Nancy said...

I'm with you, more than ready for spring!!!

Life with Kaishon said...

Mari! That is just too crazy for words. WOW! You are so brave. I am terrified of snow driving!

Momma Roar said...

So much SNOW this winter! And it is only the beginning of February! :-o

Here's to an early spring!

Susan said...

Oh my Mari. Be careful!!!!

Donna B said...

Holy Smokes!!!! Thats a ton of snow on your roof too! This really has been a harsh winter!
Who did all the shoveling???

Kat said...

Good golly Miss Molly! I can.not.imagine that much snow!!! Beautiful, but scary too. Stay safe and warm Mari.

Hugs,
Kat

Erika Jean said...

Yikes! That doesn't look OR sounds like fun!! ;-P

Darla said...

THAT is alot of SNOW!! your nursing home is blessed to have you AND Heather!

Nancy said...

Beautiful pictures but I know you are tired of this stuff and want to see ground and Springtime...

Patti said...

Good grief! I think I will stay put in the sunny south!

My ADHD Me said...

Re: the picture with the caption "This shows how deep the snow is".... WOW!!

We got a couple of HUGE storms last winter (Huge for VA) but I don't recall anything like that. Even this year we actually got a few snow storms in December!! Ours usually waits until January for our typical 2-4 inches. (excluding last year and this year) If I remember correctly, last year we had a few 8-10 inch storms!
Usually we end up with and inch of ice. Much worse for driving and no where near as beautiful.

Anyway, Be Careful Out There!!!

Aspiemom said...

WOW, you got SNOW!! And then some! This was a very interesting post. I enjoyed seeing your pictures and hearing what you went through to get to work.

Can't wait until spring and the flowers.

Brooke said...

wow! i was whining about not getting snow, but i don't think we could handle that much!!

LuAnn said...

I am with you - ready for spring !!!!

Pat said...

I am SO ready for spring. Now that our snowblower is in the shop, I"m praying extra hard for now more snow!
My daughter had to stay at a friends house near the hospital to try to make sure she could get to work. She made it, no problem. The hospital offered to put the nurses and staff up over night, but that didn't appear to her! LOL!

Shelly said...

Love this post and love how you demonstrated the low shot to let every one see how deep it was.

Karin said...

This year I'm joining your 'Ready for Spring' group!!! You've really been hit hard and are very brave to have traveled to work. I have worked in a huge Children's Hospital in '64 where the day shift had to stay for the night. We had tunnels to the nursing school & dormitory where emergency cots were set up and staff slept and worked in shifts. Not a hitch and now a fun memory! Excellent to be prepared! Hope this all melts soon!

Raise Them Up said...

You have some serious drifts! I love the pictures of the clean path made by your snow blower. It really shows off the depth of the snow.

I'm so tired of chopping ice around here. My arms and back just ache. I'm ready for spring, too. :)

HOOTIN' ANNI said...

OMGosh, Mari!!! What a bunch of nasty white stuff in your area! Good gravy, I could NOT live in that kinda area anymore...why, this looks like what we had to contend with in Colorado Mtns. Yes....begone Winter!!! Come on Spring...summer even. I'd go for a nice warm, balmy day of 90 right now, after viewing that.

Deborah said...

I am so ready for spring, enough snow already! Good job getting yourself through the blizzard to your work. I'm sure it was much appreciated!!

Cherdecor said...

It is a shame you and Heather had to go out into the weather that day. The snow is so beautiful! Wish you could have stayed home and enjoyed it.

Bob's snowblower looks amazing! I bet he is really glad for it otherwise he would be doing a lot of shoveling. If he is like Alan, he enjoys his snowblower.

Betty said...

That was not fun, driving in the snow, I´m sure! I would hate that. But I am enjoying the snow pics. It all looks so beautiful and pretty, so white and clean. Love it!

Musicaljean said...

You are one brave lady!! I'm so glad we only got a couple of inches out of that storm. I'm trying to remember what warm weather feels like!

65 Roses for Marcia said...

Wow! That's some serious snow! I was hoping for some of that, but we just got major ice, which knocked out power for days!

Lorie said...

Those pictures look like it did here last winter in the DC area. So far we have been spared this winter. Safe travels in all that snow!

kari said...

oh wow that is a lot of snow.
I should send you some sunshine and heat!
be safe.

Kim said...

I am so NOT missing that! LOL
Hope it's the end of the big storms for this year.
Stay safe!

Sue O said...

Wow. I've never lived anywhere that it snowed so much, and I think I never want to!