Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Free! No Longer Snow Bound

Late last night, near midnight, a small plow came to trudge through the snow to clear a one lane path. We watched it slam forward to push what it could with all it's might, then back up and huff and puff a few minutes to gain strength and momentum for the next slam into the formidable wall of snow.  When it reached the top of the hill, we went to bed, knowing it would now free the residents on the last set of cul de sacs from our road.
We awoke to discover that we were wrong. The plow, after reaching the top of our hill, turned away and didn't return until late the next day. The residents of that final road, feeling completely forgotten, ganged up as a team with all of their snow blowers and shovels to clear their road. By the time they were done, the snow plow arrived to find a perfectly clean street.
Meanwhile 2 bobcats arrived to widen our road. It was a warmish day as  my husband recleared all the sidewalks from the newly dumped snow from the plow and bobcats.
We found out that we were supposed to have had the plow come through during the storm with clean up quite soon afterward. However our entire neighborhood had been forgotten. Something I've learned here in NoVA, is that the plow admins seem to be rather paralyzed with the first few storms of each snow season despite the readiness of all of our plow and bobcat operators who are the real heroes!  

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That afternoon we went for another walk through the neighborhood, which was far more difficult to do. All the previously cleared sidewalks were now dumped with the snow from the cleared roads. Therefore schools remained closed for the remainder of the week. I was rather surprised. On our neighborhood fb page I noted many teens were wonderfully anxious and willing to shovel snow for neighbors. I thought they would be a perfect team of volunteers, especially if they dubbed their volunteer snow removal club with a clever name, to clear all the neighborhood sidewalks for the students and runners, etc...especially with all the parents now returning to work and coming home after a long day quite tired, as usual. Oh well...it's just an interesting way of doing things around here. We homeschooled so the closure of the public schools during snow were never an issue one way or the other with me, although it has always puzzled me a bit. =)

The parkway now cleared...  
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I took many a walk that week despite the snow covered side walks. I had to grab the beauty of fallen snow on our lovely hilly terrain while I could. Besides it was rather warm so it was a comfy walk.
My daughter and I also continued our nightly sled runs with fireworks sometimes bursting overhead. So fun!
When it snows like this, I'm always glad to make the most of it! Odd that I saw few kids playing in it.

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