It seems like old news now, but the blizzard named Nemo (seriously?) of a couple weeks ago was pretty dramatic. I grew up in snow country (i.e., western New York) where getting a foot or two of white stuff overnight was not exactly news. It was also not always a good enough reason for school to be cancelled, and for this reason I remember plenty of school mornings being shuffled outside with all of my siblings, shovels in hand, so that we could clear our own path to school. Talk about teaching the value of an education.
|Before the real stuff started|
|The next morning. That's my poor green Honda on the left!|
|Quite the workout|
The boy and I climbed up our local mountain Saturday morning, before anything was plowed and while the trek up was pretty treacherous and difficult, the view at the top was incredible.
|At the top|
And then we slid on our bottoms almost all the way down the mountain, which worried the dog quite a bit - he kept trying to run in front of me and jump into my lap - but was great fun nonetheless.
Our street didn't get plowed until Monday night, by a bulldozer who was struggling down the street. Now, almost two weeks later, things are still a bit of a mess. Workable, thankfully, but still tricky. There are enormous piles of snow everywhere, and our street has about half as many parking spaces available as it usually does. But the rain yesterday helped melt quite a bit, and hopefully the temperatures in the low 40's for the rest of this week will take care of some of the rest.
H.'s face the morning after was pretty priceless. And when she asked me if I had ever seen anything like this before, I had to tell her that honestly, no, I hadn't. I've seen serious snow before, but this blizzard was unlike anything else I'd ever experienced. For several days, our house was full of a constant rotation of drying snow pants, boots, hats, and mittens. We played in it, we dug through it, we slept, we enjoyed the break from school and work, we watched movies, we read books, we went a wee bit stir crazy. We made lots of memories from the blizzard of 2013!