Oh boy – we got SIX inches of snow yesterday and that was actually one of the less-hit areas around here. There were a lot of schools that let out at lunchtime or shortly after and Ben drove home at lunch and worked from home the afternoon as well. Since I had been graciously dropped off, I didn’t have to worry about anything and just called my darling chauffeur when I was ready to come home.
While that much snow is difficult under normal conditions, the wind was so ridiculous that the blowing and gusting made for small patches of white-out conditions as you drove.
See all that funky mist in the air? My camera doesn’t show it well, but that’s all the snow blowing across the backyard:
There were a few times the wind hit the house so hard we heard a loud BOOM and thought something smacked into the side of the house (a large animal, garbage can, etc…) so I actually went out and investigated. I came back covered head to toe in snow but all was well. There were a few drifts by the house that came up to chest level on me!
My Grandpa (Gramps) sent us a box of Omaha Steak products for Christmas and we decided to pan-fry some of the sirloin steaks since grilling in this weather seemed like a bad idea. Ben was in charge of the meat.
I wanted to make some “fried” potatoes & veggies:
A bit of grapeseed oil, carrots and potatoes that were boiled for a few minutes to soften, broccoli, garlic powder, minced onion, salt & pepper
The steaks were 6oz and I think Ben is used to a larger portion. Still, with all the veggies he ended up full. I think it’s easy to underestimate how filling potatoes and veggies can be – probably because we don’t eat them very often.
Ben just popped in and informed me that he is going to “off-road” this morning. This means he will not be snow-blowing but will gun the car over the huge snowbank and down the driveway. I think he wants to snowblow tonight when I’m making dinner and getting ready for class. Not that I blame him, it’s never fun being cold and wet and then having to go to work.
I’ve heard a lot of people mention how Virginia is a nice area to live if you want more moderate temps. I’ll admit the idea of moving away from family seems scary but I know, eventually, we’re going to want to move to a place where I don’t feel like a shut-in 4-5 months of the year. It gets harder each year.
Fun question for today: if you could move anywhere, where would you go and why???