Like a big portion of the United States, we have been stuck in our house for the better part of a week now. We have had several heavy snowfalls, as well as ice. Ice storms in the South are bad news. In my opinion, ice is much more dangerous than snow. At least snow provides a little traction on the road, but if you start sliding on ice, there is almost nothing you can do.
We have been hit with the double whammy of a sheet of ice with layers of snow on top. So you can’t see the ice, but it’s still causing travel to be treacherous.
Our temperatures have been below freezing since last Saturday, and it looks like we won’t see anything above 32 until this coming Saturday. Nashville doesn’t own many salt trucks because our snow usually melts within a day, so the city will continue to be a mess until the weekend. Up until yesterday, it was so cold that the salt being put on the roads wasn’t effectively melting any ice. The public works and metro police have repeatedly asked residents to say off the roads unless absolutely necessary.
With that in mind, we have not left the house since Sunday. Now I know that some of you have basically not left the house for almost a year due to the virus, which is very impressive. We are going a little stir crazy. It’s amazing how simple tasks such as picking up groceries or doing drive-thru coffee can break up the routine. And being stuck inside is even harder when you know that everything is closed and there’s literally nowhere you can go.
We also realized during all of this that we don’t own a snow shovel. Like I said, anything beyond a dusting is pretty much unheard of around these parts. We are now to the point where we can’t see the grass, with more snow expected this afternoon. After the first snowfall, I went out with a shovel meant for digging holes in the dirt and used it to remove a big pile of snow from in front of our door so we could open it.
This has been Little Buddy’s first chance to see significant snow accumulation, so it has been fun to take him for walks around the yard. He is very much enjoying it. He also had his first opportunity to sled with Mr. Handsome. We used a boogie board, which is meant for the ocean, but it did the job.
Speaking of Mr. Handsome, his office has been closed all week, so he has been doing lots of woodworking and house projects. He is making some things for Little Buddy that I am looking forward to sharing with you. Being snowed in has been a special time because we have been able to eat breakfast and drink coffee (well, milk for Little Buddy) together as a family. Usually during the work week, everyone is just running around trying to get the day started.
How many of you are snowed in, and what have you been doing to kill the time?