First Day Out And About After The Snow 12/22/2009

Leaving home at around 3:45 PM yesterday.

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Thanks to Kenny’s Dad, the way out to the paved road was not too bad.  Once I was on pavement since the temperature had gotten over freezing, the road was sloppy where the snow and ice had melted and I was already worried about having to drive back home once it froze back up….

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The secondary road was dry in many spots……

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I got to work without any problem.  Not too many idiots on the road except for one.  A speeding pickup truck with a lift kit and huge tires slid right past me at a stop light.  Only a few people had been too lazy to take a few minutes to knock that almost two-foot snow bank off of the roof of their cars. 

Going home was not too bad either.  I was worried for nothing.  A couple of patches of black ice and that was it.

I can’t believe that I’m still using the same tank of propane that I hooked up on the 6th of December.  The straw and bubble wrap has done wonders.  I’m such a happy camper!  Last winter I would have been on my third tank by now.

I’ve been doing a lot of knitting to get rid of all this left over yarn I had.  Finished the last throw rug at the end of last week….

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For some reason, my pussy doesn’t like the one in the bathroom.  She always goes around it and refuses to step on it….weird!

I have now started making dish cloths.  My Mom gave me the idea when she ordered some of them online.  She gave me a few to try out and I really like them.  I’m on my second one.  I’m not very happy with them yet since I can’t seem to get the side borders right, but I’ll keep on practicing until I get them just so.

I learned to knit in Germany and the way they knit is different from the American style knitting. Due to this, I have a hard time following American directions.  Maybe I should look for German instructions?

While I was at Millers last night I got 6 e-mails for mortgage chases.  Some of these people are as much as 6 months behind in their mortgage payments.  It sucks to have to go to them at this time of year.  I hope that I don’t run into anyone that doesn’t get that I’m just the messenger, but as always, I’ll have my Bersa by my side….just in case.

Looks like I’ll be out most of the day today.  I will do five of them.  The 6th is in Culpeper and this will be the 3rd time that I will be going to this home.  I always save all my photos by the person’s name and I knew the name sounded familiar.  When I got home I found the photos and after looking at them and remembering where they were taken at, I know I probably can’t get to the house in the Evil Twin.  I’ll save that one until tomorrow and give the snow a chance to melt down some more.  Meanwhile, I’ll get the other 5 out of the way.  Gainesville, Woodbridge and Dumfries.  Two hours of drive time. 
I think I’ll head out of here around noon.

Time to warm up the rest of my home, while I’m making one more cup of coffee, so I can head to the shower. 

Digging My Way Out Of The Snow 12/21/2009

After I got myself warmed up yesterday, I went out for round two….
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There was a little hump behind the Evil Twin that I had to back over.  I spent about 15 minutes trying to rock her over that hump, but she just couldn’t make it. 

I went back inside to call Millers to let them know that I still couldn’t make it out of my driveway.  I can’t believe that they were expecting two customers to come in to buy cars.   

After breakfast and the warming of fingers and toes, it was time for round 3.  I had forgotten to dig a path to my Propane tanks.  It would have been a real pain to get soaked with snow in the middle of the night to switch an empty tank over to a full tank.  For some reason, my Propane always runs out in the middle of the night and I have to fumble my way out there with a flash light.

When I went back outside, Kenny and Aaron were busy clearing their driveway so I went out to give them a hand.  Kenny was grinning ear to ear when as he was playing with his Dads toy…..

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Kenny and Aaron making the plan on how we are going to park our cars according to everyone’s schedule so that we don’t have to ask each other to move our vehicles…..
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I found two spring flowers coming out early……..
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Oh wait….never mind….those are Kenny and Cyndi’s kids bike handles poking out.
Here’s Cyndi coming out to check on us IN SLIPPERS bbbrrr….
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Then it was time to see if we could free the Evil Twin….

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Kenny and Aaron’s Dad got home from work.  The three of them tried to push my car over that hump, but it turned out that the path going to the road needed to be widened a bit….

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First Kenny widened the path…

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Then Kenny and Aaron’s Dad worked on it a bit more….

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After they were finished, they helped to push me and my Evil Twin out of the yard and in their driveway.

By a little after 3 PM, with the help of my awesome extended family, whom I would never have met if we didn’t all own Scions, she was finally free. :)

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After deciding who had to leave when and who was coming back when, this is how we parked our cars.  Aaron’s xA is snug as a bug behind the closed garage door. He says he’s not driving HIS baby….

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Here is Kenny and Cyndi’s Propane tank with a perfect snow “cone head” on top…..

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Good thing I noticed that because, with all the digging and scraping, I had forgotten all about my Propane tanks…

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I dug a path to them and removed the snow so that I could get to them before the snow goes away, in case I have to.

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  While I was back there, Kenny was trying to free their satellite dish so that they could get their internet back…..  

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I’m glad that I won’t have to go back there for anything, like emptying my black water tank since it’s totally snowed under…..

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I went inside for some big time finger and toe warming and a nice cup of hot tea.
This morning everything is back to normal.  I’m going in to work this afternoon and have a car chase lined up for tomorrow.  

I Think The Storm Is Finally Done…. 12/20/2009

That’s what Scott said at 9 PM last night.  I don’t know because I refused to open the door and share my heat with the outdoors.
This is this morning…..

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I know I should have blocked the little space behind my steps.  Looks like quite a few critters made their way up under my house to spend the night last night.  I see they took advantage of the path that I dug yesterday. No wonder my pussy was acting up last night and I had a hard time getting her to be quiet……..

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I dug a patch going from my front door to Kenny and Cyndi’s driveway…..

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After it started to get dark, Kenny’s Dad brought his tractor and cut a path from the Evil Twin to the gravel road………

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This morning I had visions of digging my car out so that I could make it to work at noon.  It looks like we got another inch or so of snow before it finally stopped. …..

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….and this is as far as I got before my fingers and toes got numb….

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It looks like it will take longer than I thought.  Still waiting for my toes to thaw out.
Ruben called me at 9:30 last night to let me know that they were coming in.  He and his crew had been out there for 14.5 hours shoveling snow.  It was very hard for them to clear the walkways because of the winds blowing the snow.  On top of that new snow kept on coming. He said that they were beat,  and cold.  They are out there again this morning clearing the walkways  and then applying salt.  He and his crew put in over 100 hours yesterday.  Hopefully, they won’t have to be out there that long.

Well, I can almost feel my toes, so I’ll go out there again in a few minutes. :)

What Snow?? 12/19/2009

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This is yesterday on my way to  Buckland Farm Market to pick up a few things.  The road has been pre-treated for the expected snow, you can tell by the vertical lines.

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Picked up some “home grown” ground meat, eggs (Guy…yes I return my empty egg cartons) and ….

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….of course, some coffee.   Should have gotten some filters somewhere, but the grocery stores were packed like crazy and I didn’t feel like standing in line due to the pre-snowstorm craziness.

In between car chases, I stopped by Reines RV Center to pick up some antifreeze.  Of course I had to take a few minutes to look around in the show room….

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…..I would love to have one of these.  LOL….I could fit two of them in my trailer.
Then off to Millers to meet up with Ruben.  His CD player had eaten a CD and the service department was replacing his head unit.  He was telling me how hard it was to find snow shovels and that they were so expensive this year.  I was about to leave there when I ran into Sarah who told me that we had snow shovels in our parts department.  Ruben got two more and I picked up one for myself.

Then it was off to a couple more car chases and then to work at Millers.  We had the weather on in the showroom and were told that the snow would start between 8 and 10 PM.
This was at 7:55….

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By the time I got off, the snow was already sticking to the road.  It wasn’t too bad and all the drivers behaved themselves.  No one drove stupid :)
Getting into our driveway…..

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I drove up to the front door and unloaded the Evil Twin.  The first thing I did was dump 4 gallons of antifreeze down my toilet to keep my black tank from freezing up.  I had emptied it yesterday morning.

I tried not to open the door to see how the snow was going since it was so snuggly warm inside…..but then nosiness got the best of me and I had to get a photo….

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This morning I was woken up when my phone rang.  It was the company that we do the snow removal for every year.  We take care of a subdivision in Centreville.  They told me to go ahead and let Ruben know to get his crew together and head on over there.  They will probably be there all day since it’s still snowing.  When it stops snowing, they will clear the sidewalks one more time and then put down a mixture of sand and salt.
I poked my head out of the door at 7 this morning to see this….

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…..look at the ice on the right…

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I made a call to Millers to let them know that I was going to be late…..very late.  Sharon told me that the sales department will be closed today.   Good idea :)  I can’t imagine that someone would want to come out today and buy a new car.

I met up with Kenny’s Dad before leaving home yesterday.  He was getting his equipment ready to clear the driveway to the secondary road.  I’m sure he will start once it gets a little bit warmer.  It’s supposed to get up to 30 degrees, but the winds are supposed to pick up to 17 miles an hour.  I guess we will see how it goes.

Meanwhile….time for another cup of coffee.  Hope everyone stays warm and safe.
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I was born in Jever, Germany.  My parents immigrated to the United States in 1968.  I became a United States citizen in 2005.
 
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