Sunshine in California; Blizzards in Other Places

February 6, 2010 at 8:10 pm Leave a comment

At 12:00, the sun came out in Northern California, making the Pacific Ocean a beautiful blue.  It’s 12 C, like a warm Spring day!  Meanwhile, many places in the world are suffering from blizzards.  My family in Maryland wrote this morning to tell me,

“Hello Everyone!

Just checking in for a brief moment to share our historic MD Blizzard snow experiences.  We have about 2 feet (24 inches) of snow on the ground now at 12 noon Saturday.  Still snowing with expected snow totals of 3 feet (36 inches) or more by Sunday morning.  Maryland is under a State of Emergency, meaning only emergency vehicles can drive on the roads … except snowplows which are considered emergency vehicles in a heavy snow like this one.  News reports state this is a historic snow that has not happened in MD since 1930 (80 years ago).

Steve and the neighborhood men shoveled 24 inches of snow from front door, porch, walkway, and sidewalks this morning.  Our cars are completely buried under snow.  Our deck is filled with snow now.  We are warm inside …. thanks for the prayers and keep them going for our electric power to stay on.  Our front bushes were lying on the front porch weighted down with heavy snow first thing this morning (7am) before Steve shoveled snow later this morning.

In Frederick, MD tradition, the women make all the warm food and beverage nourishment and also provide all the clean warm clothes for the families and after the men do the snow shoveling.  Women prepare for snow events by doing the laundry, buying groceries, crocheting blankets, garments, knitting, quilting, cleaning the house, take snow photos, have fun with the kids while they play in the snow, and then cook the warm foods and beverages on snow days.  The men do the snowplowing, shoveling, and all the heavy work required for preparing for and during the snow.  Steve’s glad he has been using the Bowflex regularly because he is in better shape this year to do the snow shoveling.

Let’s see, is there anything else I can tell you quickly?  We are fine so far.  Just a bit of cabin fever beginning to set in this afternoon and evening, but it helps to get out for a brief minute in the falling snow (not go too far) and do some snow shoveling or photo taking.  Oh yes, snowplows came through our parking lot last night @ 10pm.  But now, we have 2 feet of snow on the parking lot street.  Later, I will send the “one million” photos we are taking of this historic event so you can see a bit of what has happened here.  Steve and I smile and laugh while quipping, “Wow, this is a serious snowstorm!  Hahaha!  This is Un-believable how much snow is coming down and how quickly it’s being dumped on us.”  Our NY neighbor from Buffalo, NY (the “shoveling machine” as we call him; b/c he shovels so much snow very quickly) says, “Yes, this is a major snow even for a New Yorker from Buffalo, NY.  Man, this is a whole lot of snow.  I’ve never seen this much come down in a short period of time.

Gotta go.  Love you, S”

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