Saturday, December 23, 2006

Aftermath of a Blizzard

We didn't get as much as the Denver area, but we got plenty to satisfy us for awhile! They say it's the fourth largest amount of snowfall in one storm in Denver's history. That's hard for me to grasp. My sister was to leave yesterday to be with all of her kids and grandkids in Idaho, but cannot get out until Tuesday. At least they'll be there for the youngest one's birthday on Thursday (barring another disaster!)

We were in good shape for groceries and only ran out of bread. I can always make bread! But I didn't have to. The university closed for an unprecedented second day - probably because it's closed Monday-Wednesday for Christmas (or the holidays, as they politically correctly term it). It was a blessing for me, since that's a Grandma day and their mommy was home!

But Mommy was getting cabin fever (Kristen, of Mama's So Called Life), so I offered to take all 3 to our regularly-scheduled trip to the library. DC has so kindly backed my van into the garage so I wouldn't get stuck trying to get out of the driveway. We're trying to figure out how everyone's going to park in the circle for Christmas dinner at our house. It's a challenge, even when there's no snow. We may suggest they park at our church a mile away and we'll bus them in!

If you missed the original story, go to the previous post. There was a lot of melting yesterday. I braved the mess, as I mentioned. A combination of three factors - huge amounts of snow, lousy road cleaning resulting in one-lane traffic,
and people panicking with only 2 days until Christmas - caused it to be far less than enjoyable! I did get stuck twice on my sister's street and had to be pushed by 4 helpful Good Samaritans!

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Well, the kiddoes are here now for awhile and are VERY keyed up. They are ready to do some gift wrapping.

sparka ride

*Note: They finished the wrapping - too bad I don't have shots of that adventure! Now they are riding the sparka with Grandpa. A sparka is a Swedish sled-like device - I don't know how we were fortunate enough to end up with this priceless heirloom from Grandpa, who is in heaven (see September 30-October 3).

I don't think I can get any more accomplished here, so I will sign off and wish you all the most blessed Christmas ever. May His peace dwell in our hearts, even though there is very little in our world. Blessings!


Danielle said...

Wow, Dawn. What an amazing story from the frontlines in Colorado! It is lovely to read of the kind spirits of people during what could be such a stressful time. I am glad you have enough food for everyone and that you all are safe. I want to send my blessings to you and yours this Christmas. I hope it is a great one, full of love and joy.


Morning Glory said...

Well, I'd say that's enough snow for the whole winter. I remember a similar storm when we lived in Colo. Sprgs. and another one when we were in Indiana.

Nancy said...

It sounds like you made the most of the snow and with a great attitude. Merry Christmas, enjoy the little ones, and blessings to you.

Anonymous said...

You got enough snow to share didn't you? We have no snow here.
That's okay with me though. Looking at your pictures is enough!

Merry Christmas!!!

Linda said...

It looks like a genuine Winter Wonderland. I remember trying to get around in that kind of weather - just awful. Stay warm and snug - and have an absolutely wonderful Christmas.

Anonymous said...

Merry Christmas to you and many blessings as well. Peace!

Anonymous said...

It's so beautiful watching it fall, it's the aftermath thats not so beautiful... Hope you have a Merry Christmas!!

Anonymous said...

It's all so beautiful when it first arrives, but I know the mess that results when the melting starts. And when we still lived over there, the maintenance crew in our little town (Frederick) did such a weird job of plowing that we had one-way lanes going down each street and just trying to figure out how to get from point A to point B made us feels like rats in a maze.

Merry Christmas to you and your family, too, Dawn. I hope it's full of blessings (and warmth and bread) for you.

Praying for your Prodigal said...

Look at that sun! Beautiful! Thanks for keeping us updated! And it certainly looks like you are making the most out of a great mess! Looks like Grandpa is even having a great time! These are things that lasting memories are made of!

Merry Christmas!


Anonymous said...

Bless your heart!! The good thing about living in Ohio which is prone to snow is they keep the roads very clean most of the time...unless it gets too bad too quick...I hope you all stay safe!!
I'm stopping by on Christmas eve to wish you and yours a very Merry and love filled Christmas!
Love YOU!!

Anonymous said...

I'm very behind on commenting, but that really looks like some storm!
Glad you're safe and well.