Memories of snow as a child, and snow as an adult.

I was thinking about our snow storm of earlier this year, we were locked in our house for four days and then basically like the rest of the area slogging through melting snow for about 8 more days. It was a mess coming down, a mess on the ground and a mess melting. One of those things that you can look back on and say I was there. But not one of those things that while it was happening you stopped, and said I am here.

As a child I loved snow. As an adult I dread snow. What a difference time makes.


This image from the “Blizzard of 2007” while we lived in Greenwood Indiana. A solid 15 inches of snow that took us two days to clear enough to get out of the driveway (we had a double entrance driveway in Greenwood). Like the storm this year the aftermath was worse than the actual moment. There is something nice about sitting in your living room as the snow is falling, a blazing fire to keep you warm. Going out to shovel the snow, not so much. Watching it melt and flood the neighborhood not so much either but it is what it is.


Another view from the 2007 storm. Snow is so beautiful. When I was little and we were heading to see my grandparents I couldn’t wait. If there was snow on the ground I was outdoors the whole day sledding down the big hill to the lake. I would spend hours out there. If it wasn’t snowing, I was in the lake or on the lake Fishing and Swimming. I wasn’t indoors much when I was at my grandparents house and I was younger. Funny story when I was running many years ago, I stayed with my grandparents. I actually ran all the way to London (Wisconsin). It was a nice 8 mile run (there and back). London was much smaller than Cambridge.


This last image from the storm here in the DC area 2016. A little more snow, so it lasted a few more days than the storm in 2007 did. It snowed solid for two days. 34 inches of snow on the ground. It took us two days to get to the end of the driveway. Then another day to clear the driveway after the snowplow came through (day 4).

Lot’s of snow, so pretty now. Not so much at the time it fell.

I don’t have many pictures of the epic blizzard of 1977 in Bloomington Indiana. That one actually froze the pipes in my parents house. While it had less snow (22 inches) it was far worse than the storm in 2016. There were 6-8 days of wind chills below zero that followed the snow. But like I said no good pictures of the snow. That was long before digital images! Plus I can’t find any slides or pictures my dad took of the event.


wistful snow memory day

After three days we reached the end of the driveway and as you can see the street in front of the house!!!!!!


Around 4pm yesterday we were finally to the street. Able to move the fan and as you can see the street itself was plowed and we were able to cross it. So a picture of the house. You can see two solar panels on the upper left side of the roof. Just the edges of the panels so they weren’t producing much power the last few days.

That mound of snow is what the boys dug through after the plow rolled by. Just wide enough for a car and a little extra. That way someone backing out won’t accidently back into the snow pile. That took awhile but I suspect some of that was boys taking breaks. They did a good job overall. Just like to take the occasional break.


Here is the work crew after finishing. They were in the back yard playing with their dog. Although as you can see from the picture there was no dog, and lots of snow balls flying towards each other. The dog was out there for awhile but got bored with the snow ball fight and went back inside.

There evening activity on their last night of freedom (School resumes Wednesday) was to invite the neighbors over and have a D&D campaign. They are really into D&D right now. I remember being really into D&D around their age. I also remember it was fun to be into something my dad thought wasn’t well he didn’t care much for D&D.


The boys and Tamsyn. She is an interesting dog. She grew up in a shelter and really hasn’t been around other dogs directly, and people directly. She is really trying to be part of a family but she doesn’t understand the rules yet. She is a lot better now than she was when we first got her. The first 6 months she disappeared and hid in the basement. Now she comes up, interacts with everyone. She growled at Barb one time, but now comes and sits with her. Its part of the wind down process we do every night, relax and watch Jeopardy. It is fun to just be there and relax, answering questions. So Dylan and Raven come join us and sit on the couch, getting Jeopardy pets. Tamsyn does as well now, although not as long, she normally ducks out before double Jeopardy.

Family history projects aren’t always about what was. Sometimes they can be about what happened yesterday. In this case, the last three blogs about the big snow in DC. Back to Slide Carousel’s tomorrow!


Family Historian

Day 2, finally made it to the street


After all was said and done. 36 straight hours of snow. More than 24 inches of snow finally hitting the ground. It is day 3 and as you can see the plow hadn’t hit our street yet. We weren’t even on the list of streets to be cleared. As of this am (Monday) we are still not cleared. So everyone is home for one more day.

I enjoyed watching the magic of Peyton Manning get the offence going again, but the Denver Defense was amazing. I don’t like the Patriots much, so watching them not win was good. Watching the way they handled losing at the end was however, a bit of a waking up for me. They were classy and sporting about losing. Perhaps not as bad as I have always thought.


Snow removal crew threatened to Unionize on day 2. Nick watching his mom run the snow blower on the section of snow they had just loosened. There were fears of mom running them over with the snow blower but they got over it (eventually).

We let the Labs out a couple of items so they could see what we were doing in their front yard. I am not sure all this snow registered with them. The most snow Dylan has ever seen was the year Raven was born and that was only 12 inches. We did make it to the street early in the morning of the second day. It took a concentrated two hours to actually get the driveway clear. But over two days it wasn’t as bad. It wasn’t like we were going anywhere anyway. We had food, water and power. What else do you need?


The puzzle crew hard at work. They finished one puzzle and started on a second puzzle. Me, I would glue the finished puzzle, laminate it and then hang it on the wall. The puzzle team just quietly takes the puzzle apart and puts it back in the box.

Makes you want to distract them and borrow puzzle pieces. But that activity has been expressly banned by both members of the puzzle team. I was told if that (missing puzzle piece roulette I like to call it) ever happened again there would be blood coming out of my body and it would be my blood. I got the message and haven’t done it in years but still, when I see a puzzle on the table…

#Blizzard2016 was the first hash tag I saw on the news.

#Digout2016 was the second one. Both are cute.

#themeltedinnundation is the one I want to start. When it melts all that water has to go somewhere!


Documenting the great snow of 2016