At least it was unexpected by me. For reasons unfathomed by hubby or myself, we set out to visit friends living about an hour away in a very “country” section of Connecticut yesterday afternoon – without checking the weather forecast! On Friday I had noted that Saturday’s forecast was calling for an inch or two of snow. Eh! I thought, what’s an inch of snow?
Our arrival in Woodstock CT was greeted with a very slippery driveway – a covering of snow over some previously frozen ice. All the husbands from my group of friends, plus daughter’s boyfriend, worked at getting my little red Ford unstuck from the bottom of the driveway. With several of these helpful souls pushing and my driving and trying to steer up the upward curving driveway, we arrived at the top with several fewer layers of rubber on my tires.
After that eventful start to our get-together, we settled inside for drinks, food, conversation and laughter with dear friends. Outside, the snow continued to pile up. We noticed snow plows passing by several times on the country dirt road. My husband’s concern for our travel home deepened as the night went on.
By the end of the evening, when everyone was wishing to head out for home, the driveway had pretty much been blocked off with a snowbank from the passing plows. Husbands again went to work clearing the way. My hubby lamented several times about our lack of checking the weather foreccast. If we had realized what we were in for, we most certainly would have chosen his 4-wheel drive Chevy Suburban to travel in. Usually my car is our travel-vehicle of choice due to its better gas mileage and smaller number on the odometer.
What followed was a white-knuckled, foot-shaking, stiff-necked, 20 mph ride home. Living in New England, of course I’ve driven in snow before, but I found something about last night’s ride scary. The roads in Connecticut were snowy and slippery and not well lit. I was the responsible driver for my family and daughter’s boyfriend. I was the protector, at the time, of three young lives in my backseat. Several times I wanted to pull over and ask hubby to drive, but we were afraid of losing momentum and ending up stuck in the snow with those tires now missing a bit more tread than they had arrived on if we dared to stop the car. So onward, slow and steady, we made the trek home.
In the morning, I had a look around.
This was definitely more than an inch or two!
Although it wasn’t fun for driving, the dogs certainly found it fun for playing!
All is well that ends well, right?
Announcement: Today is the beginning of a new week and at midnight tomorrow into Tuesday we ring in a new year. How about we go for that dinner photography blog-along I mentioned a little while ago? Take pictures of your dinner for about a week any time between now and January 13th – that’s two weeks from today, then post the pictures, along with a description, in a blog post. Leave me a link in the comments in this post, and I will write a wrap up to send everyone around to maybe get some new ideas for dinner. As I stated before, it matters not to me if your dinners are fancy or plain, homemade or pre-made, take-out or eat-in, vegetarian or carnivorous. Like to use recipes? Post a link if you like! Prefer to do “a little of this, and a little of that”? That’s okay too! Just show me your food! Due dates are loosey-goosey! ;-)