Karma's When I Feel Like It Blog

December 30, 2012

Well that was unexpected!

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.

what I woke up to this morning

This was definitely more than an inch or two!

Although it wasn’t fun for driving, the dogs certainly found it fun for playing!

Chase time
Teddy and his stick
Dog tug-of-war 2
Dogs consider stick
Golden retriever snow portrait
Collie snow portrait

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! 😉


  1. It’s the winter surprises that make it so interesting to drive. Happy you found your way home safely.

    Comment by Carol — December 30, 2012 @ 4:35 pm | Reply

    • Interesting is not the word I would choose for this drive, lol! Terrifying is more like it!
      Thanks Carol.

      Comment by Karma — December 31, 2012 @ 8:47 am | Reply

  2. Done those white-knuckled drives — awful. Glad you made it home safe and sound. Do you folk use snow tires in that area of the world ?

    It’s still snowing … on my screen any way …

    Comment by sybil — December 30, 2012 @ 5:23 pm | Reply

    • Thanks Sybil. My car is supposedly equipped with “all season” tires, but after that drive, hubby is thinking about purchasing snow tires for my car.

      Comment by Karma — December 31, 2012 @ 8:48 am | Reply

  3. […] I spent December wishing for a gentle blanket of snow to take pretty pictures in and then ended up sharing this adventure with you just yesterday! (If you haven’t read it yet, go ahead, have a peek!) I still really like this picture of my […]

    Pingback by My Favorite Photos of 2012 « Karma's When I Feel Like It Blog — December 31, 2012 @ 8:02 am | Reply

  4. I’ve never had the pleasure (??) of driving in the snow and after reading this I’m thinking that maybe that’s a good thing! I had a rather harrowing drive during a storm recently, but at least there was no slipping and sliding going on in the rain! At least the dogs seem to be enjoying the snow.

    Comment by Joanne — December 31, 2012 @ 9:38 am | Reply

    • I remember reading about your scary storm drive! No, driving in a snow storm is something you can definitely live a happy life without doing! 😉

      Comment by Karma — December 31, 2012 @ 9:44 am | Reply

  5. So glad you made it home safely. Snow is beautiful, but not when you have to drive in it (and it’s combined with ice…yikes!!). Love the pictures of the dogs playing in the snow, and that is certainly more than an inch or two.

    I think tonight might be a good night for me to start taking pictures of food. 🙂 Happy New Year, Karma! Wishing you and yours a joyful 2013.

    Comment by Robin — December 31, 2012 @ 3:32 pm | Reply

    • The dogs do have a great time in the snow. My 7-year-old golden comes to life in the snow; she’s pretty lazy during the warmer months.
      I’m going to try to remember to photograph dinner tonight as well!
      Happy New Year to you too!

      Comment by Karma — December 31, 2012 @ 3:53 pm | Reply

  6. I think I would have asked my friends to stay overnight and travel the next day. Glad you made it home safely! And sure…I’ll photograph our meals for a week or so…we’ll see how that turns out. Might make me cook more! HEY! And I have that BIG dinner here next Sunday…lots and lots of food there….so that will work! LOL! 🙂

    Comment by Dawn — December 31, 2012 @ 5:21 pm | Reply

    • Oh our friends were more than willing to have us stay over night; that would have been complicated due to the dogs being home alone and no one able to let them out, and for hubby’s various health reasons.
      Looking forward to the dinner pictures!

      Comment by Karma — January 1, 2013 @ 9:42 am | Reply

  7. […] I forget, Karma has announced a new photo challenge:  a dinner photography blog-along.  All you have to do is take photos of your dinner for a week, then put the photos together in a […]

    Pingback by Hello 2013! « Life in the Bogs — January 1, 2013 @ 4:03 pm | Reply

  8. Yeah, an inch of snow wouldn’t have kept me home either when I lived in the Midwest, but the snow does have a tendency to pile up more than that. I really got a good laugh though seeing your dogs playing! I came over here via a link from Robin at Life in the Bogs to check out the dinner photography link. Sounds like fun!


    Comment by dogear6 — January 1, 2013 @ 5:38 pm | Reply

    • Thank you very much for stopping by and commenting, Nancy! I hope you’ll decide to participate in the dinner-blog. I’m hoping I will participate actually – I’ve been finding it quite difficult this week to remember to take pictures before dinner is gone!

      Comment by Karma — January 5, 2013 @ 8:04 am | Reply

  9. We left at 5:30 that evening for dinner in West Hartford. The roads were quite bad, especially the bridges around and through Hartford. Glad you made it home safe!

    Comment by Becky Sue — January 1, 2013 @ 9:41 pm | Reply

    • Thanks Becky. My sister told me that even if I had been checking the forecast, we might not have done anything differently because they still had only been calling for an inch or two.

      Comment by Karma — January 5, 2013 @ 8:05 am | Reply

  10. […] the end of New Year’s Day, I took a picture of my dinner for that dinner blog-along I suggested in this post, and guess what? That’s the last time I remembered to take a dinner picture! The rest of the […]

    Pingback by New Year’s Walk « Karma's When I Feel Like It Blog — January 6, 2013 @ 5:55 pm | Reply

  11. […] I got – some not so great pictures of just a couple of meals…….thank heavens for Karma’s loosey goosey […]

    Pingback by Dinner for a week……or so « My Life in CNY — January 11, 2013 @ 8:24 pm | Reply

  12. http://mylifeincny.wordpress.com/2013/01/11/dinner-for-a-week-or-so/ my dinner blog-along except I only remembered two dinners – Oops!!!

    Comment by mylifeincny — January 11, 2013 @ 8:25 pm | Reply

    • Deb, I totally understand! I’ve had a really hard time remembering to take my dinner photos as well – I think I took 3!

      Comment by Karma — January 12, 2013 @ 9:01 am | Reply

  13. […] Karma’s challenge (which she called a blog-along, but it turned out to be a challenge for me) was to take pictures of dinner for a week and present them in a blog post.  Well.  It has been a while since I’ve practiced my food photography.  I realized early in (the first photo in this post) that this was not going to be very pretty.  Food photography requires scads of light.  Much more light than I can get in my kitchen at dinner time during the winter season.  Natural light, I’ve found, is the best for food.  Morning sunlight coming in through the kitchen window is the best of all.  But who eats dinner in the morning?  (I do.  Sometimes.  But we call it breakfast.) […]

    Pingback by What’s for dinner? « Life in the Bogs — January 12, 2013 @ 6:03 pm | Reply

  14. Okay. Here it is…


    Comment by Robin — January 12, 2013 @ 6:05 pm | Reply

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