Well, there really isn’t any denying it anymore: winter is here. I hadn’t realized how much I had been depending on the ten day forecast promising 40 degree temps until they disappeared and it hit me that winter is not going anywhere anytime soon. Last time I checked in was a week ago with a major storm looming down on us despite that that day it was nearly 60 degrees outside. There were several memes on facebook that were darned funny but my favorite was this forecast for Minnesota: “Expecting 1-79 inches of snow within the next thirty days… maybe… probably.” After all the hoopla I think we all kind of expected to get 1-2 inches and maybe a little wind. Well, it turned out that the weatherman was correct this time and boy did we get hit by a winter storm. The wind gusts out of the north were up to fifty miles per hour and, officially, in my yard, we got around 16 inches of snow in less then 24 hours. It was impressive!
Everyone I know and love checked in with each other throughout the day. The majority of us stayed home, waiting for the plows to dig us out fortunately most of us did not lose power. All of the towns near me shut down by noon, everything from banks to city buildings, everything closed down. The schools never even considered opening and though my mom and I could have gotten to town/work in her SUV I do believe her comment was “f**k that.” And I could not have said it better myself. The wind and the snow started Thursday evening and by 8am Friday it was complete white out conditions that were ALL day. Joe was out of town so he stayed up all night Thursday night working with the hope of finishing early and getting home before dark and, by the grace of the universe and his very careful driving, he made it home safe on Friday afternoon. Halfway home the driving was slippery, horribly windy, but not snowy and then, boom, he said it was like hitting a line on the highway, the blizzard took his visibility down to nearly nothing and there were dozens of cars in the ditches along the way. Joe literally turned his phone off and put it under his seat, turned his radio off and just white knuckled his steering wheel and crept all the way home. It was an unbelievable relief to see him pull in the drive.
This is the most updated info I can find about the storm, “The Minnesota State Patrol reports 447 crashes, including 52 with injuries, and more than 860 spinouts statewide since Thursday night. At least 4 people died on the icy roads.” I would suspect that that translates into thousands of other people whose neighbors and good samaritans pulled them out of the ditch. The county, state and township plows had such a huge job to do it took them nearly 48 hours to plow our street out front of our house. During the day I shoveled off the step eight times and I shoveled out the garage and barn three times giving my plow guy a head start. I only fell down once which resulted in nothing more then a big “puff” because the snow was so deep all I did was get wet lol. The drifts were up to my hips on the way to the barn and every darned time I struggled out there the horses looked at me like they couldn’t understand why I was breathing so hard, I swear it seemed like they were enjoying themselves. Amazingly, when the storm finally passed, the sun came out and for ten magical minutes everything turned pink and cleared off before night fell.
The next day Joe and I got in his pickup to head to town because it seemed darned important to go and check out the results of the storm (and we both wanted bacon). I can be real here, right? I’m not a winter person and, honestly, the older I get the more I seem to hate it. The storm was kinda fun but only because we were all safe and because I really thought we were getting 40 degree days this week to melt it all. But that’s not how it is and I have to admit that I’m pretty bummed 🙁 The likely hood is the snow that fell in this winter storm will still be here in four months :,( It is not unheard of for us to even get blizzards and snow storms in mid March so this could be one VERY long winter for us. Of course there is no reason for me to be so danged pessimistic! With the holidays coming I have enough to be worried about lol I know I shouldn’t let the weather bum me out too.
So, as of right now (I’m writing this on Tuesday, this is being published on Friday) Joe and I have four turkey days to head to, the first one (Wednesday) we just have to show up, yay, the second one (Thursday) I’m making a big crock pot full of my famous German mashed potatoes, the third one (Friday) I’m making a recipe of my mother’s called Sweetheart salad and our fourth Thanksgiving (Saturday) I am handling the turkey. I’ve already made several “jokes” that I might wear yoga pants to the third thanksgiving meal, by the end of it all Joe and I are most certainly going to be waddling and our blood type will be more gravy then anything else. None of it is at our house which I am relieved with because we’ll be hosting xmas this year. The turkey has been my job for awhile now and I’m actually planning on breaking it down (de-boning it), brining the parts over night and then cooking them separately and boiling the carcass, the organs and the neck for stock and gravy. I like this idea because none of it is going to need to cook so darned long and I’ll have so much more control of cooking temperature etc. I emailed all of my loved ones and gave them the deadline of Thanksgiving for their xmas wishlists though I already have most of my shopping done already – I know, I’m nuts, I just hate anything last minute so this is what I do, I’ll have all of my Xmas gifts wrapped and ready to be opened by the 1st of December.
Hope you all have/had a wonderful turkey day and, oh, did I mention it’s snowing again?!