OK. Im normally a huge fan of snow. Like I said before, Im from the Chicagoland area, and snow is the thing I have missed the most since moving to the South. Well, snow and deep dish pizza, but mostly snow. Snow means a totally different thing in the South than it did back home. The first year we lived here, I thought they were crazy for panicking at even the threat of it. Now I understand how very different it is here then it was there. It shuts the town down. The threat of snow, even if you haven’t seen a flake means classes get canceled.
When I talk to friends back home, they laugh at us and say stuff like “You will be fine, YOU know how to drive in it”. Snow in the South means ice under a layer of snow. It means we only have one snow plow to every one hundred they had back home. It means giant pine trees come crashing down on power lines and roads and houses. It means burst pipes because ours are buried at more shallow depths than they are up north. It means freezing cold houses because we use heat pumps in the South and they cant keep up with 8 degree temps. It’s a totally different world here. Its got to be. It would be foolish for the South to spend the money on all the supplies the North has when an event like this only happens once every ten years or so.
So we shut down and enjoy the snow, we know it will usually be gone in 24 hours anyway. I like it better normally, but this is the third day of being stuck inside and Im getting stir crazy. This has been the harshest winter we have had in the ten years we have lived in NC.
I know we ended up being the joke of CNN and other news shows because of the storm. I guess it was our turn to be Atlanta.
We had five deaths (2 related to car crashes, 2 good Samaritans were run over while trying to help someone stuck in the road and 1 lady was crushed by a falling pine tree) one giant car fire (with a ton of hilarious memes) and hundreds of people that abandon their cars and walked home. Im glad Charles and I were both home before it started. Had I still been working, I would have been so far from home, I would have had to sleep there.
We did get lucky this time around, we didn’t lose power. I really though we would have. We got about 3 inches of snow on the ground and the freezing rain started. We watched the tree our neighbors yard lean under the weight of ice and start to bend over the power lines. It never snapped. We lost part of my favorite pine tree, but at least that one is nowhere near the house. I walked out to the creek today to survey the damage and it’s not too bad. We lost a bunch of branches off trees, but the trees seem to still be standing up straight.
It got above freezing today and the ice is starting to melt away. This will be the last day I am stuck in the house and I cant wait. Im going to run around in public like a crazy kid on too much sugar. At least today was warm enough that could go explore a little bit. The ice is still to dangerous to be driving in though. The ice crust on top of the snow was thick enough to hold my weight without cracking.
I am going to spend this last day stuck inside doing an inventory of our pantry and household supplies. I have been maintaining a better pantry since I stopped working out of the house, but I haven’t been grocery shopping for real in about two weeks. I am running low on all kinds of things.
I was able to plant two early garden beds the day before the snow started. I just got some early stuff planted like cabbage, onions and radishes. I would like to get out in the backyard and get the rest of the garden beds prepped for the March/April planting.
Next week we are supposed to be in the 60′s! I should be able to get all kinds of out door projects done. I cant wait.
I do think that with 3 snow/ice days and Valentine’s day being all in the same week, we should start taking bets now as to what % of an increase in babies born nine months from now will be over the previous year. The Triangle better get ready for a million baby showers.