We actually got hit with this last snow event. It started Friday morning and snowed steadily, at times an inch an hour. The snow, in itself, was not a big deal. However, the 30 mile an hour sustained winds with gusts into the 50’s seemed to make it a big deal. I worked until 11 am on Friday and headed home. The 10 minute drive to Harrisburg took 30 minutes and the drive the rest the way home took just over 30.
They had spent the summer widening Highway 115 from Harrisburg to Sioux falls. ok, they got almost 3 miles of it widened to 4 lanes most of the way and to 6 lanes at every intersection….When I drove it, only one of my 3 lanes was passable. The rest had 2′ drifts. I picked up Kate and Cade in Harrisburg and headed to Hwy 11. There was a Jeep in the ditch at CK stables. I just focused on the road ahead. Picking a spot straight ahead and driving to it. I find that helps me stay on the road when you can’t see where it is…kind of snow blind. The visibility was sketchy in places, but not horrible.
The snow is deceiving because the world looks white and you don’t see how big the drifts are. I drove slow, the hard packed drifts would kind of throw you towards the ditch. With windchills well below zero, I was NOT risking any speed in which to enter the ditch with two kids. It was a relief when I put my blinker on to turn onto West Ave. I was surprised – Jeff was home and had trusty rusty the 78 Blazer and snowplow going and had our driveway done. Cade was asleep so I sat in the car for another 1/2 hour with them and let him sleep. Jeff helped me get them into the house and then he headed to Tim and Michelle’s and then to Steph and Jesse’s.
Trusty Rusty will be getting an auxillary defroster and new wiper blades…when the snow comes up off the plow and hits the windshield, it just can’t keep up…so we will get an auxillary one and probably a power pack so he is ready for the next round.
He did them twice and did a path through the deep stuff on the east side of the hill from Jesse and Steph’s.
The wind started hard from the south on Friday then switched to the NW late Friday night. We had heavy drizzle that put 1/4 inch of ice on everything, which I think helped settle the snow and helped somewhat with visability. We have a drift that starts at the SW corner of our grove and it is almost over the new fence that the neighbor to the south of us put in. They pulled the county plows on Friday and they didn’t go back out until last night. There were cars stuck on all kinds of county highways…in the middle of the road.
Cade and Kate spent the night and we played and watched Jeff tool by with Trusty Rusty. Lots of diapers changed and lots of cars played with! Kate was up at 4:50 on Saturday and Cade woke up and joined us at 6. He has roughly 35 cars scattered around the living room and he wanted one particular car. It was by the cat…I told him to wait until I finished feeding Kate and I would get it for him. I encouraged him to play with the others until I was done. Nope…he wanted that car. Hoosier was not having any of that..the whole child near me while I am minding my own business shit….So I heard her hiss and Cade screamed, she got two claws hooked on his sleeve and they were both freaking out…Kate started crying to sympathize with her brother and I had a good shit show on my hands while I untangled the cat from Cade’s sleeve and calmed two kids..I looked at his hand and arm and couldn’t see that she actually had got him…just his sleeve. Again, in retrospect it was pretty funny.
Just ask Cade what a kitty says- he says “meow”, what does Hoosier say? he say SKKKKK. Funny!
Hoosier paid me back for having kids in the house. I had my warm, good winter coat hanging on the back of a dining room chair. She got on the table, pulled the hood of the coat onto the table and peed in the hood….glad I put it on yesterday rather than Monday…I had a very unpleasant surprise. Well played Hoosier…I got your point. Devil cat…
They figured the windchill yesterday was at -35…the wind was so strong we didn’t light a fire in the fireplace. I wasn’t sure if the wind would force the smoke back into the house. It was so crazy windy that it sounded like a dull roar inside the house. The squirrels pick on our big pine trees (ponderosa pines) and they will chew the three fingered clumps off the ends. One of those, about a foot long, is laying to the south of the house. It created a pretty drift about 20 ‘ long and 2-3 ‘ deep. Funny how that works….
Terri came out Friday afternoon and Saturday and played with the kids. She ran to town and brought back color books for Cade to color in. He likes to color and likes stickers. He was very content coloring and then I said we had to eat, lunch was done. He was not pleased about that….
Kate is just mellow and content, Cade is easily redirected and they are good kids. Kelsey is such a good mom- encouraging and teaching them every step of the way. Travis, like Jeff, is the silly one that makes them laugh. it is a team effort for sure.
Time to embrace this day!