Thursday, January 27, 2011

Snow, it won't be long before we'll all be there with snow

As I was watching the snow fall and fall and fall, I couldn't help but think of the scene in the movie, White Christmas, when  Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Vera Ellen and Rosemary Clooney are all in the dining car of the train heading to Vermont.  Give a listen...

The weather man told us on Monday that we were getting a snow storm that was coming in from the Midwest.  Our area (Pottstown, PA) could expect 4 to maybe 8 inches of snow.  Whenever he has said that this year, we were usually on the lower end of the scale, and often even less than he predicted.  Predicted.  Now there is the optimum word!

The snow started on Tuesday evening, after midnight, like they said.  When I woke up on Wednesday morning, I was surprised how much had fallen overnight!  There was already about 4 inches of snow on the ground.  Wednesday is my day off.  YAY!!!

My son was home since Monday.  He kept procrastinating about going to the gym.  No gym on Monday.  No gym on Tuesday.  He decided he'd go first thing Wednesday morning.  Boy, was he surprised when he saw how much snow we had!  No gym for Tim on Wednesday morning!

We had a break in the snow storm for a few hours in the middle of the day, and the plows came though and the nice boys across the street came over and did their shoveling thing. (we have a deal.  when the snow stops, they shovel, I pay them. they don't even need to wait for me to call them.  just come over and do it. easy peasy.)  So Max and Alex did the shoveling thing and Tim high-tailed it to the gym before the next wave of snow started.  He got back just in time.

When the snow started again, it started in earnest!!  We were getting an inch or two an hour!   I took a few shots of my front yard during the evening.  I nearly forgot to add that we thunder and lightning for a short while during the night time storm!  That was really odd!  I think they call it Thundersnow. 

The snow finally stopped some time after midnight Wednesday night, going into Thursday morning.  I wish I had grabbed my camera to take photos of the digging out.  

My neighbor woke his sons up around 9 am to come over and get my driveway cleared because I had to go to work!   Tim went out and cleared off our cars and as soon as the driveway was clear enough he moved the cars to the street so they could get the driveway as snow free as possible.  

My neighbor, Dominic must have gotten a new toy this winter because the next thing I knew he was there with his snow blower!  He got rid of that snow in no time!  Even my walkway got done!  (the cats were happy!  they could finally go outside.)

The official number for snowfall for our town was 16.9 inches.  4 to 8 inches my ass!!!

I had to pick up a couple of gals on the way to work because they don't drive and/or have cars.   I wasn't too happy about that, but it was either that, or I'd be hosting, bussing and serving by myself today and that wasn't going to happen!  Two other servers had already called out (wimps). 

The thing that really surprised me was, when I left for work, at approximately 10:30 am, the roads were clear!  And I mean down to wet asphalt clear!  Pottstown is not known for the great snow plowing abilities.  They must have improved in the past few years, because my drive to work was easy!!!  My township, which usually does a really good job plowing (my development looked great!) didn't do such a great job on the the main roads.  They plowed but there was still a decent layer of snow on the road.  I guess they were concentrating on getting the developments cleared and figured the cars would take care of the main roads.  They did, for the most part, but even this evening, as I was driving home, there were places that were still snow covered and feeling like they were getting slippery.

We weren't real busy today, but with just 2 servers and a very hung over bartender (yesterday was his birthday and he partied hearty and apparently fell down about 5 times and injured his back)  I made some fairly decent money (would have done better if 3 tables had given me more than the less than 10% they did leave me ... cheapskates)

I just hope Old Man Winter, along with that mean lady, Mother Nature don't stop by here too often with more of that white stuff (although I think we're getting 2 more hits in the next week.)  We shall see.


slommler said...

Boy am I ever glad we are not getting the snow!! I don't miss it at all!! We have been clear, cold and sunny every day! Woot!!
I is pretty...but that is about all it is! Ha!
Glad you could get out and about.

Gigi said...

Oh wow! That is a lot of snow! Our weathermen seem to be getting it wrong too in relation to any snow events we've had. I'm done, done, done with the snow! Bring on Springtime!

Garret of Jim and Garret said...

Ooooo, I'm glad we don't get as much snow as you. And certainly not as frequent. Just enough to satisfy the desire.

Vodka Mom said...

so THAT'S where the snow went! We got an inch. or three.


Jillsy Girl said...

All you Northeasterners got blasted this last round!

gayle said...

That's a lot of snow! If it was here everything would be closed down for days!

Ina in Alaska said...

Great post! Lots of drama and thrills.... so glad the roads were fine, that is always the worst part, hoping the roads are not too bad or icy. Just be careful.

What is up with those cheapskates leaving a 10% tip! Completely unacceptable! Maybe the drinks were not up to speed due to the bartender being hung over?

I am 100% certain your winter has been way worse than ours, and I live in ALASKA!!!!!!!!!

cherie said...

I miss the anticipation of a snow storm and waking up to the quiet mornings when everything is blanketed with snow but that's about it. I don't miss the digging out or driving on slippery roads. I guess I'll stick with the sand.

Amy said...

You know I'm jealous of the snow.

I can't believe people leave less than 10%. I almost always leave 20%.