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Oh (not) pioneers!

My grandmother was born sometime around 1884. When she was a small child, her family crossed the plains in a covered wagon to settle in North Dakota. Some time about 1912 she moved to a small "company town" in the mountains of Eastern Arizona with no electricity and hardly any roads, to become a teacher and bag herself a husband. She married my grandfather, a mining engineer, and when he took a job in Mexico, he and Grandma moved their family there for a brief period of time, until la Revolución intruded and they all had to leave town in the middle of the night.

I am so not that woman. All it takes to do me in, it turns out, is anything over 30 inches of snow. We got 28 inches over the past weekend. The DC area does not cope well with snow. It started falling Friday afternoon and stopped Saturday night, and the digging out started on Sunday. The roads were truly terrible on Monday, so I worked from home, only leaving to make a run to the store in the afternoon, to give my husband a chance to finish digging out the driveway. I was just beginning to feel that life was getting back to normal.

Then word came that the next storm was going to hit today, and it could be almost as big! We have a flat roof on part of our house, and the idea of another 20 inches of snow on top of it made us very nervous. I dug my way to the backyard shed to get the ladder, and my husband started shoveling. It was worse that the driveway because a) it was 12 feet in the air, and b) we didn't have any cars parked on the roof keeping the snow from accumulating on it. He got most of the snow off, and we have our fingers crossed.

The snow is coming down now, big thick flakes, and I want to pull the covers over my head, go to sleep, and wake up in the spring. Either that or in Florida. I would take either one.

Somewhere, my grandma is laughing at me.





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mikandra
Feb. 10th, 2010 03:57 am (UTC)
LOL. It seems to me, though, that in a majority of the places where your grandmother lived, they didn't have snow. I totally agree that it is vile stuff.
karen_w_newton
Feb. 10th, 2010 03:59 am (UTC)
Actually, the mountains in Arizona were high enough to get a lot of snow and be really cold. And North Dakota-- brrr! But Grandma probably just laughed at it. She was one tough old bird.

bogwitch64
Feb. 10th, 2010 04:02 am (UTC)
Wait...what's that??? I think I can hear her!

Stay warm! We're going to get pounded too.
karen_w_newton
Feb. 10th, 2010 04:05 am (UTC)
I am wearing a flannel nightgown, a robe, long underwear (bottoms only), and two pairs of slipper socks. But I can only wear that to work if I work at home.
jongibbs
Feb. 10th, 2010 09:52 am (UTC)
'Somewhere, my grandma is laughing at me'

*sigh* I know that feeling ;)
karen_w_newton
Feb. 10th, 2010 12:23 pm (UTC)
It would be interesting to get your old gran and my grandma in a room together. But my grandmas was a teetotaler-- except for the wedding where she got in the wrong line for punch, anyway. You old gran always sounded like she was tough, but a bit more fun than mine.
jl_johnson
Feb. 10th, 2010 12:10 pm (UTC)
*sigh*

You're so lucky. I miss the snow. We don't have nearly as much as we usually do. It's so depressing.
karen_w_newton
Feb. 10th, 2010 12:24 pm (UTC)
Come and get it!
birdhousefrog
Feb. 10th, 2010 12:57 pm (UTC)
Yes, I suspect she is laughing at you. Good news is that the storm hasn't developed off the coast yet, so we will not get as much as feared here in the DC area. Our friends to the north along the coast will get dumped on. Bad news is that we're about to experience prairie-style winds and blizzard conditions, starting around lunchtime. Hang in there. We still have power out here as of this morning. (Fingers crossed.)

Oz
karen_w_newton
Feb. 10th, 2010 01:10 pm (UTC)
"power out here" as in "we have power" or as in "the power is out"?
birdhousefrog
Feb. 10th, 2010 01:32 pm (UTC)
"out" as in "out in the boonies" and hopefully Scott, too, as he's not much further west. Power is not out yet. Keeping fingers crossed.
birdhousefrog
Feb. 10th, 2010 01:36 pm (UTC)
PS: If there's no power here, there's no internet. The satellite modem needs electricity. Rethinking our decision that we can manage without a generator after talking to someone yesterday about how to do it.
karen_w_newton
Feb. 10th, 2010 01:36 pm (UTC)
I will try, altho that makes it harder to type. -) Good luck to us all.
mtlawson
Feb. 10th, 2010 03:37 pm (UTC)
Just remember, back then if they got this much snow they just stayed put. They weren't under any obligation to try to make it to work, mainly because everybody else was stuck too.

At least you're bundled up at home.
karen_w_newton
Feb. 10th, 2010 03:39 pm (UTC)
Very true. And technology makes me able to work from home, which is great, if the alternative is try to get to the office in a blizzard.

But i don't think I would last long in a covered wagon.
mtlawson
Feb. 10th, 2010 03:52 pm (UTC)
Well, remember that people would hole up for the winter when traveling. It was all about the planning: if you planned well and kept your speed constant, you were fine. One too many slowdowns or inadequate planning, and you're the next Donner Party.

Yeah, I know, what a wonderful fuzzy feeling. (I had to balance out The Princess Diaries playing in the room next to me, you know.... ;-)
karen_w_newton
Feb. 10th, 2010 04:09 pm (UTC)
The Donner party should take the sugar edge of anything, even Disney.
lunalila
Feb. 10th, 2010 04:55 pm (UTC)
Oh LOL
Your grandmother reminds me of my great grandmother. She was a tough lady who had to manage live with a kid without a husband.
She escaped prision during Spanish Civl war and helped out some of my grandad's friends living in the mountains. She used to go up there alone, with a basket full of food for them.
We don't have snow in our area though.
Stay warm!
karen_w_newton
Feb. 10th, 2010 05:08 pm (UTC)
Thanks! Your great-grandma sounds downright brave.
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