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snowmageddon 2011

 

eight and a half inches on the ground!

Well, it’s official … it actually snowed!  Snow Day fulfilled.  And basically the entire eastern end of the state of Tennessee (as well as north Georgia and Alabama) is paralyzed by the storm.

And, for the record, we are loving every minute!

The roads are mostly impassable at this point.  We just don’t have enough snow removal and salt spreading equipment to adequately clear the roads in a timely manner.  And with temperatures expected to remain at freezing or below, it could be a few days before conditions improve.

 

about as good as it gets; TDOT came by and plowed, but only a sparse handful of people were out driving

where are the porch steps?

So we spent the day playing, and skiing and sledding and generally messing around in the snow.  Biking proved to be a little too impossible without studded tires and too much ice on the roads.  So we hauled out our “vintage” cross-country skis, and Mark managed to use the tractor make a pretty decent ski track out in the field and back to the woods.

 

skiing on the tractor track

snowgoat

snowdog

snowkid (on the vintage skis)

 

I apologize for the absence of bicycles today … but hopefully tomorrow will bring a little change to that.  I suspect we are going to have a very interesting week ahead.  🙂

 

snowflower

snowfence

Posted by savaconta on January 11, 2011
18 Comments
  1. 01/11/2011

    Glad you’re safe, and I love, love, love the snowgoat, snowdog and snowkid!

    • 01/11/2011

      Thanks R …. I think I need to send you some of his fleecy-ness for your needles. 🙂

      • 01/11/2011

        Anytime you want to send locks my way. Braizyn can help me process it!

  2. 01/11/2011
    Tim

    snowfence is my fav with snowgoat coming in a close second 🙂

    • 01/11/2011

      You just won yourself a goat (and a fence). 🙂 I am having so much fun, T … be back on the twitter soon. Too much playing outside to do right now.

  3. 01/11/2011
    Fred Deutsch

    Love it. Thanks for sharing. I was just out plowing our dirve last night. Just 8.5 inches would come as a welcome relief jere ni South Dakota. Soooo looking forward to spring!

    • 01/11/2011

      Thanks for stopping by, Fred … Really, I would trade places with you for a winter. I would. :)) Stay warm.

  4. 01/11/2011
    Jenn

    Love the snowgoat too. Great idea to use the tractor, glad you got to put those skis to use! Wishing I had appropriate gear and snow moving equipment, always makes these things more manageable.

    • 01/11/2011

      You guys all safe and warm and building snowmen? I am wondering how long it will be before school resumes … meanwhile, enjoy the time off (and please feel free to come and borrow the goats any time you want … lol)

  5. 01/11/2011

    Beautiful shots, and glad you still got outside to play, even if it was sans bicycle!

    • 01/11/2011

      I think your turn is next, from the forecast I saw … have fun out there and be safe! 🙂

  6. 01/11/2011

    That goat is sooooo cute! I want him 🙂

    • 01/11/2011

      Consider him yours! 😉 I was supposed to be taking Dillon down to Berry today, but classes have been delayed another day. Maybe tomorrow. Are you back in session in ATL? I was going to head into the city (ATL) after dropping him off, but not sure if I’d be getting myself into a traffic nightmare? We need to hook up, you and I … soon! 🙂

      • 01/11/2011

        Oh, yay, I can have the goat??? 🙂 Not sure where I’d put him, and the neighbors might not be so thrilled, but he’s just adorable!

        GA Tech is closed again tomorrow!! I’m shocked, as that is unheard of for them! But they are predicting that the snow and ice that partially melted today will refreeze due to temps dropping overnight, so I can see why. Everyone in the South, as I’m sure you know, errs on the side of caution when it comes to snow, ice and schools. I haven’t attempted getting out since I haven’t needed to go to work, but have heard that interstates (specifically I285) are still in sad shape. Until sometime today, tons of traffic (mostly truckers) were literally stuck on the highway! I think it may be the weekend before things are back to normal here. Not to scare you, but I don’t think I’d come into Atlanta unless I absolutely had to (there’s pretty much always a traffic nightmare here, just a bit more so right now – haha). We definitely need to get together though! Let me know if you do come through! My husband has been in Orlando and is hoping to make it home tomorrow night…we’ll see 🙂

      • 01/11/2011

        🙂 Ah, I think you are exactly right (about the driving into Atlanta part). At this point, I am even a little reluctant to drive into Rome – but hoping my mid-day it won’t be too bad. Rest assured, my friend – I need to get to Atl for a few things – soon. When the weather improves, look for an email from me (and pick a place we can meet for coffee or lunch or something). And I will bring your goat down. Heh heh… ;))

  7. 01/12/2011

    Believe me, if I had a place for a goat, I’d be holding you to that 😉 I love goats! When I was very small, my babysitter had a baby goat (who then grew up to chase us – haha). He wasn’t nearly as cute as yours though! Do you have others? Did he actually like the snow? Makes me want to live on a farm!

    Yes, send me an email whenever you plan on being down this way! Hopefully it will improve enough for you to get to Rome at least! Stay safe!

  8. 01/12/2011

    Lovely photos. I love playing in snow too. Brilliant to use the tractor to clear a track. Enjoy!

    • 01/13/2011

      Heh heh … thanks. 🙂 The tractor track worked surprisingly well. Within another few days, the snow will all be gone, I’m afraid. But I’ve loved every minute we’ve had it.

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