Monday, December 21, 2009

Snow at our house - LOTS of snow

Our back porch Friday evening during the storm

What a storm! We got about a foot of snow on Friday which pretty much shut everything down around here (Hendersonville-Asheville, NC), at least for a couple of days. Being down South where we don't usually get a lot of snow, our counties are not equipped to handle a huge amount of it, along with downed trees and power lines. We read in the newspaper that upwards of 50,000 homes were without power as of Sunday morning and the power company was still working hard. We were very blessed to keep ours.

The woods around our house

Yesterday afternoon we decided to go to town to get groceries. Mike wanted to make some tracks in the driveway to help the sun and melting process along, and he wanted to check out our state road. The first hurdle was getting down our long driveway which is steep, made of gravel and dirt, and full of potholes and curves, and no picnic on a good day but a real challenge with a foot of snow. Mike is a great driver but the car slid on the ice and got stuck in the ditch on the side of our driveway. I had to trudge back up to the house and get Johnathan (our 19-year-old) to come and shovel around the tires.

Looking down the first part of the driveway. The car got stuck a little farther down, around a curve.

Then Johnathan and I pushed, and finally after much spinning of wheels, Mike was able to drive it out of the ditch. Then Johnathan and I gasped as we watched the car slide over to the OTHER side of the driveway and it would have gone off the edge into the woods but Mike was able to steer it back to center and down to a level spot where he stopped and waited for us to hop in.

We slipped and slid all over the rest of the driveway, and got to the hill at the top, where we turn onto the state road. The snow plow had been by and piled a HUGE pile of snow there, so the only spot we could drive over entailed turning the wrong way, then turning around in someone's driveway to go towards town. The state road looked like a war zone. The snow plow had only plowed a single lane - quite dangerous on the blind curves but we made it. It's one mile to the main road into town, which was clear and all the streets in town were fine.

We went by our church and I dropped off music for my choir since I wouldn't be going to Mass at 5 p.m. This time of year, it's dark out by the time Mass is over. Mike said we would not be able to contend with our road after dark because anything that melted earlier would turn to ice. I know the choir can handle everything without me but I love being there and am sad when I have to miss it.

Our front walk

Then we got groceries at Sam's and Ingles and came back home. Mike decided to park at the bottom of the driveway so we had to carry everything up to the house. Huff, puff, what a chore!

We are so thankful to have a warm, cozy house and that God was blessing us so we didn't get stuck anywhere. It was fun to have Johnathan go to town with us. He usually goes his own way in the other car so we enjoyed being together for a change.

Footprints on our front steps

Our older car today. Most of the snow has melted off, but I think it's still impressive.


PamperingBeki said...

Those footprints are so sweet!

woolies said...

Jealous of your snow!!