That’s right folks. Can’t leave the farm. Those of you who don’t live in the county have likely missed out on this experience. In my opinion, it’s grand. At least for the first few days. We usually get a week or so of deep snowfall once a year and a bit more here and there throughout the season but overall our winters are mild. More rain than cold. Sometimes we have a long period of heavy snow, like four or five years ago during what is now known locally as “Snow-Pocalyspe.” We were basically snowed in for over a month that year, managing to get out in a huge 4 wheel drive truck a couple of times to replenish supplies.
I heard that Seattle got 6 inches of snow. This is a lot for that area and I imagine everyone fancies themselves “snowed in” as 2 inches will cause school and bus route closures in Seattle. This is not snowed in. I don’t know if you can really be snowed in while residing in an urban setting unless there is a bona fide blizzard happening. Might be too risky to drive, but you can always walk a few blocks to restock dinner supplies. When we’re snowed in, we literally can’t get our vehicles out of the drive. We can certainly walk, but to where? It’s miles and miles to the nearest grocery store. Before we had the internet, we would rely on our observations to predict the weather. Sometimes it just smells like snow. Now that we can check weather forecasts, we have a little advance warning and can make a trip to stock up on goodies, pet food, and dish soap. I remember one winter, about 15 years ago…I guess I was 22… we were living in a tiny cabin in the woods, way off of the beaten path and at a higher elevation than the farm we live on now. Our oldest daughter had pretty severe asthma as a young child (still has it but is much easier to manage now) and we needed to get her to the hospital. The ambulance couldn’t make it down our drive, so my parents drove their big 4×4 truck about 15 miles to the main road junction to meet us and we hiked out–my sweetie carried the car seat over his head as he blazed the trail through four feet of snow, I carried our girl behind. Drove 40 miles to the nearest hospital and she recovered nicely.
That’s snowed in.
Thankfully, everyone is healthy so we’re just enjoying ourselves and are happy to be snowed in for a few days. I am making lots of yarn and we went sledding today. Here are some photos, first of yarn and then of our outdoor adventures. I’ll also include a few photos of our lovely wood and stone cottage.
One more thing…an amazing 10 year old friend died in a tragic accident last week. I can’t even being to tell you about this bright star of a boy, but you can read about him all over the internet. His family is also amazing and our community is hoping to help them with the massive medical bills-if you want to help, please click on the link. http://calebkors.chipin.com/caleb-kors