Post 2016: what to do after it’s snowed…

The worst of it has been cleared off, though there’s more in the forecast.

Dougy has the right idea…

…as did Andy till I woke him up.

Andy asks, “What did you think we’d do?”

25 thoughts on “Post 2016: what to do after it’s snowed…

    • Once, on the Fourth of July, a few snowflakes came out of the sky. They melted by the time they almost reached the ground, but I did catch on on a finger. I was scandalized! LOL! May snowstorms aren’t impossible. The rule of thumb around here was to plant your tomatoes on Memorial Day (the traditional one, no the movable date one). I tried planting earlier than that (using a water-filled tent that was advertised to extend your season), but mid-April was just too early and the tents, while they protected the tomatoes, didn’t help get tomatoes on the table earlier than I got planting on Memoriual Day.

        • I have a limited enthusiasm for snow after long years of digging out after storms, but I do like fat, fluffy snow, the sort typical in late spring. I suspect the main reason I l;ike that type is I know the dang stuff will melt almost as fast as it fall!

          I used to do a lot of gardening, and enjoyed it a lot. When I moved to this duplex in 2004, I was discouraged by the lack of decent planting soil. On top of it, the beds where I could plant were rock hard and covered with decorative rock. I barely could dig it, and it was nutrient-poor as far as plants were concerned. It took me years of digging in organic material in my beds where I used to live to get them to the place I could grow 10-foot-tall tomato plants that produced so many tomatoes, we were glad to turn lots of them into tomato juice, a process that used several pounds of them at a time.

    • Dougy would love to go out in it. One of these days, I might supervise a short jaunt for him, though that could start an expectation…! Andy is happhy to be inside at all costs, thoujgh he does like to lick snow I carry in on my shoes or bring in especially for him to lick.

    • I have little choice because it’s for dialysis. I am, fortunately a pretty decent driver in snow and icey conditions because I’ve done it over half a century of driving! I made my mistakes in the 1960s-1970s. Of coursze, the worst concern is those behind me. I have no problem pulling to the side of the road to let people driving too fast for conditions to get ahead of me. My car is new enough to have come with ABS brakes, too, something i know is helpful… when one doesn’t expect them to bring you to a safe stop if you’re driving to fast for the icy conditions, but do a great job in situations where light pumping saves you from locking your brakes and slipping! Yeah, and I also know the roads that get priority clearing, so I make use of those to get to dialysis. The whole thing with winter driving is don’t do it if possible, then have a strategy to minimize being caught in traffic or situations where the roads haven’t yet been cleared. I don’t drive out of town when trhe roads are likely to be “iffy”. While I live in Western Nebraska, it is fairly hilly, not flat like most out-of-sttaers think! Some of those hills are scary business if icy, and anywhwere out of town I might go has at least one of those scary hills to avoid!

      • I remember those days back in Minnesota. Because the schools refused to close until it was actually snowing and the roads were becoming bad, I often had to commute in conditions that still make my, ahem, backside muscles tighten up. Luckily I didn’t have very far to drive, but still, there were moments where I thought I was going to slide into another car or off the road. I am glad not to have to drive in snowy weather anymore, but it made me a better driver, more alert and cautious anyway! Take very good care, the kitty boys depend on you!

        • It takes a lot to get the schools closed here, too. I remember having to go to school once whern it was 26 below zerto. It was the only time my mother took me to school, though she dropped me ofgf two blocks away! girls really suffered in those days because they werte required to wear dresses or skirts, no exceptions! The smart one wore jeans or pants under the dresses till they got to school.

          • OMG 26 below zero! Though there were some bitterly cold winter days where my teenaged son and his buddies would go to school wearing cargo shorts and canvas sneakers with no socks. I would run after him screaming, “Put some pants on before you get frostbite!” He’d laugh at me, saying they were seldom outdoors for more than the amount of time it took to walk from the building to the car, and the classrooms were overheated. (Which they were: one thing I never got used to was bundling up to run an errand, then getting to the store, doctor’s office, public building, etc. and getting steamed alive in my coat, layers, and boots.) One day however, they were dismissed early from school on account of an oncoming ice storm. My son and his friends piled into the friend’s ’96 Ford Probe to get home; on an ice-covered overpass the friend lost control and crashed into a lamppost. The car wouldn’t start after that, so all four of them began walking…. Around lunchtime I got a call at work from a familiar but teeth-shivering voice: “Mom, we’re at the coffee shop. Can you pick us up?” I was glad none of them actually got frostbite that day, but even after that my son continued to wear shorts to school.

            He lives in the PNW now, and seems to have gotten more sense since then.

          • Cargo shorts and socklessness – I know the style and am guilty of the same! The only difference is I also wear a winter jacket over the ensemble! At least I did at one time. These days, I get chilled then it takes a long time to get warm again. I had an accident once myself when dressed like that, but the car was operational still, so i was spared your son and his friends’ fate.

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