Snowpocalypse Now

The media called it Snowpocalypse. I had visions of Martin Sheen coming charging into Morrisville to lead the natives in some cannibalistic ritual. It didn’t happen.

I don’t think I’ve ever in my life seen this much snow at once. Here’s the snow from Saturday, Feb 6. That was a lot on its own. (Emily and neighbor Gabriel were trying to carve a tunnel in it.)
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Then Tuesday night the REAL blizzard came, and lasted through Wednesday night. School was cancelled Wednesday and today - Thursday - (much to the kids’ disappointment, since they were supposed to have their Valentine’s party on Thursday). Even the MAIL has been cancelled both days. The “neither rain nor snow nor sleet nor hail” the mail must go through guys are staying home, that’s how bad it is. On the news yesterday I heard that 57,000 homes in Bucks and Montgomery counties were without power! I was eternally grateful that ours wasn’t one of them.

BUT, the kids had lots of fun yesterday, despite the “snowpocalypse” going on. One of the highlights was Tim deciding to pack snow under the broken slide and on top of it to make a backyard sledding hill, so that we didn’t have to drive them anywhere. When I grew up in Clarks Summit - northern PA - every yard had a built in hill, but it’s pretty flat here in suburbia. So, the backyard snow hill/slide/ thing was a big hit.

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You can see how heavily the snow was coming down in the pictures. This morning I took a walk to take pictures of the final aftermath.

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Here’s “Pop,” the neighbor on the corner with the back hoe, or front end loader, or whatever it’s called. Whatever its name is, it comes in very handy on snowy days, when he helps people plow their cars out! (IF you’re not on his bad side. If you’ve ticked him off for some reason, he’s just as likely to plow your car further IN out of spite. Pop also has some property with a rock wall down by the river with a sign that says, “If you are ignorant enough to take rocks off this wall, you might end up S_ _ _ !” He leaves it to our imagination to fill in the rest of the letters. We stay careful to stay on Pop’s good side at all times.)

So, with all this snowy weather, I started thinking obsessively about food. What is it with me and snow and food? It’s like some primal survival instinct kicks in that says “Eat fatty hot food or you will die!” So, yesterday I was all excited about having spaghetti with meat sauce, and homemade garlic bread, for dinner. So yummy. And then hot chocolate chip cookies last night. And then I made dough last night to have cinnamon rolls this morning. It was a new recipe and I was SO EXCITED when I saw how good they turned out. I never get my breads to rise this well. It was a weird recipe, but it worked so I’m not going to knock it! Smells like Cinnabon in here now. (Did anyone else have an early 90s Nirvana flashback at that last sentence?) Here’s how they looked.

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There are three missing from the last picture because my family came and snatched them up before I could get a picture taken. The smell was driving them slowly out of their minds, I think. The recipe was found on the back of the Domino dark brown sugar box, if anyone’s interested in trying it out for themselves.

Right now Tim’s finishing up shoveling out the cars (with the nice help of the neighbor with the snow blower) and everything’s slowly getting passable. If tomorrow wasn’t already a teacher in-service day I’m sure there would be school. So, life is going back to normal.

Just in time for MORE predicted snow NEXT week! If Martin Sheen turns up I’m moving to California.