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I feel like a lost the week! We had snow off and on all week. Just as it began to melt, it would come down in buckets! It looks like we will have a couple more days of this during the week next week but mostly rain for the weekend. Yay! It’s nice to be out of the freezing zone, too. Although we didn’t get a lot, this area (Portland Oregon) is not prepared for snow because we don’t get it very often. Usually (before global warming caused all of the recent changes in our weather patterns) we would get one day of light snow per yer, if that. Now we get several days of heavy snow each year. Last year we  were basically snowed in for six consecutive days then again a couple more times for just a couple of days. That’s what happens when your area is not equipped with snow plows or other snow clearing equipment and you get dumped on. That’s also what happens when people don’t have snow tires because “it never snows enough” to justify the high cost. So instead, most people either stay in and complain about it or they get in their cars and end up causing collisions because of their inexperience and lack of preparation. Some end up causing an emergency when they become stranded in their cars without supplies. Some park their cars and walk away from them, causing a huge problem because traffic gets blocked by the parked cars! Me? I stay home. Nice and warm. I am only concerned about the traffic conditions out there as it relates to my daughters who have to drive in it for work, usually. So that was the week here.

There are some cute Spencer stories to share but I will save those for other posts. I just now got called to babysit! She gave me a whole hour’s notice! That’s because I told her I won’t babysit without advance notice anymore. So I got an hour notice! And I haven’t seen the kids today so it’s okay.

I’ll leave you with this neat picture I took of some tulips I bought for myself last week. I never buy flowers for myself but I was tempted and I went ahead! I posted this picture on Instagram this past week but last night I put it through the Prisma App filters and got this really vibrant picture which I think I am going to have printed as blank cards to use for stationery! What do you think?

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I know I just posted a #WeeklySmile post a couple of days ago but that was for last week so this is for this week. I have them saved up!

Last week, I stayed with two of my grandsons while their parents took and ill-advised trip to the coast and got caught in heavy snow with no tire chains. But that’s a different part of the story. Because it was snowing, we couldn’t get out except to walk to my house to get a change of clothes and some snacks for the boys (and a bottle of wine for me but shhh don’t tell anyone that part). For the most part, we stayed indoors and the boys, 3 and 6, have their own electronics that entertained them. I did manage to get the little one, Spencer, away from his iPad (passed down to him from his mom when she got a new one after five years) to play a couple of games that I had taken over. I thought they were totally bored with me. However, after their mom and dad got home and I was leaving, Spencer ran up to me, wrapped his arms around my legs and said “Stay. Stay.” When I said I had to go home, he said, “Wait. Two minutes. Wait.” He didn’t want me to leave without him. His “two minutes” is how he asks for me to wait while he gets clothes to come with me. I managed to get away from him and made my way home. It made me smile that he wanted to come home with me.

The next day, I had the older one here because he wanted to stay with me to watch another Harry Potter movie so he came and spent the night. The next day, he slept in and then we did a little school work (it was Saturday so we didn’t do a full day of work, just a little bit). His mom or dad was supposed to come pick him up. He was here most of the day and then about 4, I heard Spencer at the door. He and his dad had walked to my house to get Anderson. They brought a little plastic snow sled thingy so they could be pulled back home. Spencer was already settled in place on the little sled and his dad started to pull him toward home when he jumped off and ran toward me saying “come, come” and calling me toward him with his little mittened hand. I said I couldn’t go because I didn’t have snow clothes so he left, grudgingly. I settled on the couch to open the laptop, which I hadn’t had a chance to do in about four days! Then, about ten minutes later, I heard little feet on the porch. It was Spencer! They had made it all the way home and he had jumped off of the sled and ran all the way back to my house with his dad and brother trying to catch up to him. He had come back for me, again telling me, “Come, Nana. Come. Pease. Come.” I love/hate when he says “pease” because it’s so cute yet so difficult to turn down. But I didn’t go. I was tired and my back hurt and I really don’t have any snow clothes. So he left on the sled again.

It makes me smile that he wants me with him all the time. When I am over at their house and we are all there, his mom and dad and the boys, he’s so happy. To him, we all belong together in one house. When I try to leave, he wants me to stay and if that fails, he wants to go home with me. It makes me smile just writing this and thinking about it.

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What a week this has been! Tuesday was my daughter’s birthday. Very late on Monday, she texted saying she and her boyfriend were thinking of a spur of the moment trip to the coast if I could stay with the boys. I agreed but warned her that we had snow in the forecast and she should research the weather and road conditions before decided to actually do it. She said she would. Famous last words.

I really didn’t think they would go but I made a mental list of things I needed to pack in case they did go. It was only one overnight so I didn’t need much and I’m a short walk away so I could grab the boys and walk home for whatever I forgot. Or we could drive but the boys love walking here and back so I figured we could do that. Then she said yes, they were going and leaving in just a couple of hours. I hadn’t packed because I didn’t think they’d go. So I rushed and drove over there thinking I would take the boys out to the Dollar Tree to get a few craft supplies besides the ones I took with me. They left and about twenty minutes later, she texted saying it was snowing lightly and that I should take the chance to get out to the store if I needed anything before it began to snow here. I looked out the window and realized that it was too late. In the twenty minutes since they had left, it had begun to snow and there was already almost an inch out there and the snow was coming fast and heavily and the wind was blowing. Spencer convinced me to get his snow clothes on and take him out on the driveway. Of course, he didn’t stop at the driveway and he made me follow him, trying to catch up with him. He was fast, even in the snow.

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It snowed all night long. Heavily. And it snowed most of the day on Wednesday. And the wind blew. Before long, the news was reporting that it was a record snowfall for Portland. Downtown Portland, which gets an average of less than one day of snow per year and that snow is trace amounts got over a foot of snow! Up here, in the foothills, we usually get more than downtown but we got less this time, about seven inches outside my door. My youngest daughter lives about ten miles away and she measured thirteen inches out in her yard. So yeah, we got a lot of snow. On Wednesday afternoon, the boys and I walked to my house so I could get a change of clothes because Tina and Chris were not able to get home that day because of the weather. It was a great excuse for them to play in the snow. There were lots of other kids out playing in it, too. While they played in the front year, I ran in and filled a tote bag with things I needed and some treats for the boys. When it was time to make the walk home (I didn’t want them staying out in the cold too long and although the walk is only about a half mile, because of the depth of the snow, it would take us about ten minutes or more) we put the tote bag in a little plastic snow disk that I pulled behind me all the way home.

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That was Wednesday. Today is Sunday. The snow is still all here. We haven’t been above freezing since then so it’s sill all here. When I tried to drive my car home on Thursday, I couldn’t get it to start. Apparently, the cold zapped my battery. We eventually got it going and I was able to get home driving along the tracks of other cars but when I got to my driveway, I couldn’t get in so Chris had to come and shovel my driveway so I could get in.

I haven’t left home since then. Not just because of the snow. You might remember that I have been having horrible back pain. My back finally gave out on me on Friday when I tried to get out of bed. After two days of it hurting so much that I couldn’t walk without my cane and even at that it would take me very literally eleven minutes to get to the bathroom, which is only less than fifteen feet away from my couch, I took to the Internet to see if I could diagnose my problem. I did. By then, the pain was not along my entire back. It was just on my left side and it was way low and radiating down my leg. I discovered that it is, most likely, sciatica. Since then I have been applying heat, taking leftover pain pills a couple of times a day (long enough so that I can get a little sleep which I can’t do without the pain pills) and trying to get through the pain. It is quite literally a pain in the butt! I’ve tried to write this post since Friday but haven’t been able to get in a position where I could open the laptop and type without severe pain. Today, however, I woke up with a little less pain! There is still a lot of weakness so I’m still having to rely on my cane to get around inside the house…both for walking and for grabbing things closer to me. I still cannot bend over or reach up without pain but I am not going to complain because, for now, it’s so much better! I’m hoping it will continue to be better so that I can walk around, inside because there is still seven inches of snow outside! Walking is supposed to help work the muscle that is causing the pain.

Now we are looking forward to a warm up in temperature AND heavy rain. That means the snow will melt and we will, most likely, have flooding. We haven’t flooded here where I live in the past and I am hoping that we don’t flood here now. The last time we had this much (and even more) snow was in 2008 and we didn’t flood, although the mobile home park just a quarter of a mile away from here did flood. Crossing fingers. Cross your for me, too, pleas.

I haven’t been able to read this week. I have watched TV, well DVDs. I pulled out my DVD copies of an old show that I really used to love. It’s called Once And Again. It’s a late 90’s ABC show about two divorced parents who meet at school while dropping off their kids and end up in a relationship, with all the problems caused by life, kids, and exes.  I’m hoping to maybe read today, after reading blogs. If the pain stays away, I can. If I don’t come around and read your blog, I apologize in advance. That probably will mean that the pain has returned.

What about you? What have you done this week? Has the weather effected you? What has been on your TV? Reading list? Please tell.

 

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I keep trying to find non grandchild smiles to share but kids are such a bounty of smiles that my post are usually inspired by them. And this week is no different.s

Last week, we were expecting (and got) a snow storm. We went out and about the day before, trying to get everything we might need during and after the storm. My daughter was driving (because she says I drive too slow) and the boys were in the back seat. The conversation drifted to the road conditions. My daughter noticed that it looked like the highway we live off of had been coated with de-icer. We were talking about the snow and ice and de-icing and the timing of the next day’s storm.

From the back seat came Anderson’s voice (he’s six). “Boy, I don’t want to go outside. I’m going to run inside when we get home and then I’m not going outside again.” We thought that was strange and my daughter asked him why that was.

“Because I don’t want to have anything sprayed on me so if I go outside I will turn into ice and I don’t want to turn into ice!”

Lots of smiles. Lots of laughter!

Christmas posts from the past that you might enjoy:

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If we were having coffee on this Sunday we would definitely be indoors. While I would like it to be indoors with a window overlooking the still very white surroundings and a warm fireplace with a roaring fire, we probably wouldn’t be able to get there. Yup. The snow is still frozen. The tiny bit of melt that has occurred has refrozen in our sub freezing temperatures. We are supposed to get out of freezing today and tomorrow  we will have what they are calling a probable record rainfall so the snow will be giving way to rain puddles by this time tomorrow, most likely.

I don’t have a good feeling about this week. It should be a week to do last minute preparations and then sit and enjoy the season. I had wanted to sit with my grandsons and maybe make cookies and read to them and watch some Christmas movies but I haven’t seen them since Wednesday. Although they are about a quarter of a mile from me and I usually walk over there, the road here inside the mobile home park where we live is not maintained because it’s private property. That means that I can’t get out of my driveway in the car and the snow out there is so slippery that I can’t walk over there. Tomorrow should be better, even though it will be very wet, at least “better enough” to get over there to see the boys.

I’ve been doing a lot of reading this week. At least for as long as I can. My vision is bad, well beyond bad. So I can’t read for very long before my eyes blur and burn so I have to read in short spurts. I’ve also streamed some movies. I usually go to my tried and true favorites. I watched all of my favorite Christmas movies already. I’ve also watched Divine Secrets Of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood about three times this week and Practical Magic about four times. I’ve watched Serendipity five times. I did do some streaming of new to me titles. I found a show on Netflix that I would recommend. It’s called The Fosters. It’s a show about a family made up of two lesbian women and their children. One of the children is the biological son of one of the women who is a divorced police woman. Two children are adopted, and two others are foster children. There is also the ex-husband of the police woman who is also a police officer and an alcoholic. There is drama and some laughs in the show which tackles a lot of situations that confront the family every day. I’m really enjoying season one.

Another thing I did this week was write about a “snow adventure” that happened in 2006. The memory was triggered by the near miss when my daughter’s car spun out on the snow and we hit a steel fence, barely missing the power pole. It was more than scary and reminded me why I really don’t like driving in the snow. The 2006 incident is posted in two parts. Neither post has gotten more than a handful of views. If you get a minute, head on over and take a look. You can find the posts here and here.

For the rest of this week, I will probably post very short posts which will include links to some of my past Christmas stories. I usually post one each day in December and haven’t done that this year so I will give myself a break from trying to come up with new things and link you to some Christmas memoirs which are special to me. Next Sunday I will post the story about the night I was born sixty-one Christmases ago! Yup, I turn sixty-one on Christmas Day! Hopefully you will come back here and read it!

What is the weather doing where you live? Are you ready for the week ahead? Are you spending time with family and enjoying the season? I sure hope so. Tell me what you’re up to. What is your favorite Christmas movie? Do you have a favorite holiday read?

Stay warm. Be jolly. Enjoy life.

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The morning of my appointment the skies were clear and the snow was all but gone. I had made the appointment for 3 in the afternoon. The drive was supposed to be only about an hour. I’m the forever early type of person and figured I would allow myself time to drive there then sit and have something to eat and maybe stop in at a used bookstore I had read about. The plan was to get there and relax until my appointment time then head back down the hill to my Ashland motel and then head for home on Wednesday. That was the plan anyway.

In the motel, the last thing I did was finish watching a news report about a California family that was missing after leaving and heading south back to the bay area. It was believed they had taken a bad road and were now missing for more than a day. I left the motel and headed for the tire store to buy chains for the car. They sold me cables and I made sure there were instructions. The clerk even walked me through it. I didn’t need them but I was trying to be cautious because I didn’t know what the weather was like up the mountain. It was about 10 am or so. Off I went into the wild blue yonder! So I thought.

I only got about fifteen minutes away before it started to snow. And it came on heavily. About five miles later, it was obvious that I needed the cables on the tires. I found a chain up area with several other vehicles stopped. I tried to figure out how to put the cables on but I wasn’t able to do it so I went up to someone putting them on their truck and asked for help. The man came over and put them on for me. However, he did show me that there was a longish part that should be cut off with wire cutters but he didn’t have any so he had just wrapped it around part of the cable on the tire. I thanked him and off I went. The going was very slow. I didn’t mind it. It gave me time to enjoy the beauty of the mountain in the snow. The tall evergreens on either side of the road, covered in snow, were amazing. It was like driving through a snowy tree tunnel. For awhile I was right behind a snow plow. That wasn’t too bad as long as I kept far enough back so I didn’t get all of the snow blow back, or whatever you call that!

Then I came to a crossroad and wondered. That was the road I was supposed to take off on to cut twenty minutes off of my trip. Or so I thought. I debated a bit because everyone was going the other way. But the only directions I had were to take that road. So I did. Big mistake.

After only about a mile, the snow accumulation was such that the road was only wide enough for one car. Not one in each direction. Just one car. I could not even figure out how to turn around and go back. I would have had to put the car in reverse and go back. I was following the GPS and it showed there were a few side roads nearby and I thought maybe I could turn around there. I forged on. It was still beautiful yet I was  beginning to feel like there might be something unbeknownst up ahead. However, I really didn’t have a choice but to go on. As I passed the roads shown on the GPS, I couldn’t see any roads. All I saw was snow all around me.

Then I started to hear something that sounded like scraping on the car and I thought I might have caught a tree branch under the car. I stopped, put my four way flashers on (although I hadn’t seen a car for a long time) and got out to investigate. I saw that the extra wire from the tire cables had come unwound from the cable and was scraping on the inside of the front driver’s fender. I tried to wrap it back around the cable but I had no gloves and my frozen hands got cut. I got back in the car and went on. No choice but to do that. The scraping continued and unfortunately I didn’t think anything would happen so I went on. I really didn’t have a choice. I had a cell phone with me and thought maybe I could call auto club but there was no signal. The GPS showed nothing anywhere near me. I had to go on.

I went through, at about 15 mph, that road and finally got to the main road. Just as I merged onto the main highway, I felt and saw something fly by and hit the side of the car. I pulled over right away. I got out and found a huge hole in the side of the car. It was the fender that the wire had been scraping against. The scraping had caused it to wear away and the whole thing flew off. I saw the piece a way behind the car. I walked over and picked it up and put it in the trunk. I knew I was only about five miles from the doctor’s office so I went on, figuring I could find some help there. As I drove into the small town, VERY small town of Chiloquin, I realized everything was closed. I made it to the doctor’s office about thirty minutes before my appointment. The supposed-to-be-drive of one hour had taken over four and a half hours of time and about one hundred per cent of my nerves and stamina. From the waiting room, I was able to use the office phone to call Avis only to be told they could do nothing for me until “the day after tomorrow” and suggested I call my own auto club to see what they could do for me. I called auto club but they said they couldn’t help until the morning. They suggested I find a motel for the night and they would get to me first thing in the morning.

I saw the doctor. He took extra time with me because it had been so long since I had seen a doctor for anything. I agreed to wait while he saw other patients so he could spend that extra time for me. I had nowhere to go anyway so I waited. It was a good wait. They kept me entertained, bringing me magazines and a snack (I hadn’t had breakfast or lunch). When all was said and done, the doctor had stocked me up with about six months worth of sample packages of three of the prescriptions he wrote for me. He knew I had no insurance and one of the medications was not available in generic form and was over $150 for one month. We had a long, long talk. He asked about the kids and I was able to fill him in on the little kids who were now grown, two of them out of the house. I showed him pictures of them. He had his staff try to find me a motel nearby but everyone was completely full. They found the nearest to be in Klamath Falls, about twenty miles away. So off I went. By this time, it was about 6:30.  About seven or so miles later, remember I was only going about twenty or so miles per hour because of the road conditions, I heard and felt another loud noise and the car came to almost a complete stop on its own. I stopped it completely and wandered out to see what was going on. By then, it had been dark for several hours and it was quite a bit colder. Upon investigation, I found the problem. The tire cable on the front passenger side had snapped and wound itself around the axle. I wasn’t going any place. The car was just not going to go any place. I tried to call auto club but for about a half hour I couldn’t get a signal.

Finally, I was able to get a weak signal and I called auto club. The problem was then that I couldn’t tell them where I was because I didn’t know the area and the snow banks were so high that I could not see any signs. I could only tell them the road I was on and where I had come from and where I was headed, oh and that I had passed the casino. That gave them enough info to come try to find me, after the tow driver finished another job. By this time, the battery on the cell phone was almost dead but I wanted to talk to my kids. I had the feeling that I was going to end up lost like that family I had heard about just before I left my motel room in Ashland that morning, which seemed like days, not hours. I called one daughter and couldn’t reach her. My son didn’t answer either. I did manage to get in touch with my oldest daughter and, trying not to alarm her, gave her a short recap of what was going on. I hung up to preserve the phone battery in case I had to call auto club again. I still had not eaten all day and it was close to 8. I had a banana in the car and a can of Diet Coke. Both were frozen solid so that was no help.

Eventually, I got a call from auto club saying that the tow driver couldn’t find me. They patched the call through to the driver who was a local and I was able to repeat where I had been and where I was headed and the road. He thought he knew where I was. Yay! Finally, he found me! He ended up having to tow me into Klamath Falls and leave me and the car there. He had more cars to go rescue. He said he’d be back at 8 the next morning to take me and the car to Ashland.

Finally safe, I fell apart in my room. I put the thermostat on full blast and although the room warmed right up, I could not warm up. I was freezing from the inside out. It had been -3 degrees out there and my hoodie and cheapo boots couldn’t cut it. I called room service and had them bring me food and coffee. They were no longer doing room service and wanted me to come to the restaurant but I just didn’t have the energy to calm myself, stop shaking, and go to get my food. So they made an exception and brought me my food and a whole, big, pot of coffee.

All along, while I was out in the elements, I found it ironic that I had finally gotten myself out of my depression and made moves to improve my health and here I could die out there. It had been a long day of trying not to think of the worst but still having it just at the back of my mind. And at times, I was sure I was going to die. I also found out that the road I had taken off of the main highway was a seasonal road. It is only used in the summer months. That’s why I never met up with another car the whole time I was out there.

I was so shaken up that instead of driving back to Santa Rosa the next day, I wasn’t able to shake the feeling and I ended up staying until Saturday morning, four days later than I had planned. I didn’t leave my motel room in all that time, in fact, I didn’t get out of bed except to take warming showers several times a day.The woman who owned the hotel had become sort of a friend because I had stayed there a number of times. She kept checking on me and brought me food and warm beverages. In fact, they charged me a very reduced rate for those extra days.

That was my first exposure to driving in the snow. I think that probably tells you why, when it snows, I don’t even think of leaving the house.

We’re still very icy here. Wednesday’s snow has not melted because we haven’t gotten any higer than 31 degrees. In fact, we are supposed to break a record in the overnight hours (I’m writing this at almost 1 in the morning on Saturday)…to about 17 degrees. Saturday afternoon, more snow! I’m not going out in it. Not a chance.

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Again

We got snow again on Wednesday, the second time in just under a week. This time we got at least 4 inches outside my door. Not much but enough to make it messy on the roads.

My daughter asked me to babysit for just about an hour so I ran out the door with just my canvas shoes. We weren’t supposed to get snow for several hours. But then she got home and asked me to go to the grocery store with her, for a “quick trip.”  I went. That turned in to a Target trip, then Costco, then the grocery store. By then, it had been snowing for three hours, steady, windy, snow. We were five minutes from home but it was very messy out there and that’s about the time everyone decided to go home before it got worse. That five minute trip home took us an hour and five minutes. That included my daughter taking a less traveled street to “beat the traffic” and then spinning out. We hit a fence which was lucky because just an inch further and we would have hit a power pole. It’s very strange to watch it happening and know you are going to hit but not be able to do anything to avert it.

We’re okay. Here car is mostly okay. She says it’s not worth the deductible. But that was in the dark. We’ll see what she thinks in daylight. I’m sore. All over. Mostly my knee and neck, though.

Then we got home and we were supposed to make tamales (that was what the stop at the grocery store was for) which should have been finished withing a very few hours. However, things move slowly there. 🙂  So we didn’t actually start assembling them until after midnight. They brought me home about two this morning. I went right to sleep. I was exhausted as I had been up since four in the morning so that meant about twenty-two hours awake!

We got more snow overnight and this morning. I haven’t been out there today. In fact, all I’ve done is get dressed and had coffee. I’m sore all over. I haven’t heard from my daughter today. I guess I should check on them. Maybe she’s still asleep. I know she’s probably still sleeping. The boys’ dad is home until Monday so he can take care of all of them today.

We are supposed to go to Peacock Lane tonight. It’s a short street, about three or so blocks, where all the houses (mostly Tudor style) are decorated very nicely. It’s a pedestrian night. However, it’s supposed to be cold (well, it hasn’t warmed up, we’re still at freezing temps) and icy so we probably won’t go. That’s fine but I wish it would not be icy so we could take the boys. I know they would love it. And we’re supposed to be under very similar freezing temps until Sunday so it would be good to get out for just a little bit. But no spinning out this time!

The spin out incident triggered another memory which I will tell you about next time. Right now I’m headed to the kitchen for something warm.

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Snow Day

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Well, the predicted storm was not a bust. It was right on time. Weather Guy said snow would arrive between 11 am and 1 pm and right at 11:10, it started. Slow, steady. Now, less than three hours later, in my yard we have a little over an inch. It’s still snowing. The wind is blowing. The temp is steady at 31 to 32 degrees.  I checked in with my daughter and she’s at home, no work today, so I’m relieved about that. I can relax a bit.

I chose to stay at my house so it’s nice and quiet. I’m debating if I want to bake some cookies or just veg out.

For those that get a lot of snow, this seems like nothing but here, where we don’t often get more than a dusting of snow, we just aren’t prepared. The city of Portland owns very few snow plows and they just can’t keep up with the snow if we get more than a half inch. They also don’t own de-icing trucks. And then there is the fact that people see that it’s pretty out there so they go out in it and end up crashing their car, getting stuck in the elements, freezing, or otherwise causing problems for themselves and others. So this is a big deal, especially because they expect it to turn to a thick layer of ice (an inch or more) this evening, with little change in the temperature to do anything to melt it.

 

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Pre Christmas 2008

My first December in Portland has been very interesting.  I was prepared for the rain but not for snow.  At least not in the amounts we have gotten.

The first snow storm came through on Sunday and dropped a couple of inches in downtown Portland and as much as 8 inches in the areas surrounding.  I got six inches at my house.  Portland doesn’t get a lot of snow so city services are not really prepared for what falls, nor are Portland area drivers and residents.  I don’t think people expected the weather forecasters to be as right on about the weather report as they were.  As a result, Portland has basically been shut down since Sunday.  Today more people were able to get out.  I got out and as far as the Post Office about six miles from home.  At that point my car started skidding so I promptly turned around and came back home.

Now people believe the report for the next storm which is supposed to drop twice as much snow as Sunday’s storm along with ice and rain over a two day period.  That’s supposed to begin early Wednesday morning.  People are trying to get chains and/or snow tires but guess what?  The stores are out of them.  The demand has far exceeded the supply and even Les Schwab’s warehouse is empty.  They’re hoping to get more in Wednesday or Thursday.

And that’s not all.  There is a third storm coming on Sunday/Monday which is expected to leave twice as much snow as the Wednesday storm.

Luckily, I got groceries on Friday and made tamales on Saturday so I’m set as far as food goes.  However I have Christmas shopping to do that probably won’t get done now.  I also wanted to buy a dining room table and chairs so we can have Christmas lunch (my daughter catches a plane on Christmas afternoon so we have to make it a lunch) sitting at a table.  That might not happen either.

I was telling my son about this on the phone last night and he reminded me of another Christmas when we didn’t eat at a table.  One year I had everything ready for the kids and I to eat Christmas dinner and I had asked the kids to clear the dining room table and get it ready as I did the cooking.  I asked them several times but they never got around to it.  When it was time to set the table, they hadn’t cleared it off and everyone was starving.  I didn’t want to fight with them so I figured I wouldn’t make a big deal.  We resorted to an “indoor picnic”!  We had done this before when it was wet out so this year we did it for Christmas.  We got the plastic liners for our table cloths and put them on the floor in the living room and then put the linen table cloth over the liners.  We set the table, on the floor, using our good china and crystal, just as if we were sitting at the table.  That year we had an indoor picnic in the living room, next to the Christmas tree then when dinner was over, we played Scrabble and just took it easy.  No pressure.  It turned out quite well.

This year we may be having an indoor picnic again, but for different reasons.  I guess it really doesn’t matter as long as we’re all together.

It was tough to get my son and daughter’s schedules to work so they could fly up here for Christmas but we did it.  Now, the only really tough thing will be getting them to the airport to pick them up!

Anyone in the Portland area have a van or SUV with snow tires or chains willing to make a trip to the airport on Sunday night?

Santa?  Wanna led your sleigh?

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