First Day Out And About After The Snow 12/22/2009

Leaving home at around 3:45 PM yesterday.
Thanks to Kenny’s Dad, the way out to the paved road was not too bad.  Once I was on pavement since the temperature had gotten over freezing, the road was sloppy where the snow and ice had melted and I was already worried about having to drive back home once it froze back up….
The secondary road was dry in many spots……
I got to work without any problem.  Not too many idiots on the road except for one.  A speeding pickup truck with a lift kit and huge tires slid right past me at a stop light.  Only a few people had been too lazy to take a few minutes to knock that almost two-foot snow bank off of the roof of their cars. 
Going home was not too bad either.  I was worried for nothing.  A couple of patches of black ice and that was it.
I can’t believe that I’m still using the same tank of propane that I hooked up on the 6th of December.  The straw and bubble wrap has done wonders.  I’m such a happy camper!  Last winter I would have been on my third tank by now.
I’ve been doing a lot of knitting to get rid of all this left over yarn I had.  Finished the last throw rug at the end of last week….
For some reason, my pussy doesn’t like the one in the bathroom.  She always goes around it and refuses to step on it….weird!
I have now started making dish cloths.  My Mom gave me the idea when she ordered some of them online.  She gave me a few to try out and I really like them.  I’m on my second one.  I’m not very happy with them yet since I can’t seem to get the side borders right, but I’ll keep on practicing until I get them just so.
I learned to knit in Germany and the way they knit is different from the American style knitting. Due to this, I have a hard time following American directions.  Maybe I should look for German instructions?
While I was at Millers last night I got 6 e-mails for mortgage chases.  Some of these people are as much as 6 months behind in their mortgage payments.  It sucks to have to go to them at this time of year.  I hope that I don’t run into anyone that doesn’t get that I’m just the messenger, but as always, I’ll have my Bersa by my side….just in case.
Looks like I’ll be out most of the day today.  I will do five of them.  The 6th is in Culpeper and this will be the 3rd time that I will be going to this home.  I always save all my photos by the person’s name and I knew the name sounded familiar.  When I got home I found the photos and after looking at them and remembering where they were taken at, I know I probably can’t get to the house in the Evil Twin.  I’ll save that one until tomorrow and give the snow a chance to melt down some more.  Meanwhile, I’ll get the other 5 out of the way.  Gainesville, Woodbridge and Dumfries.  Two hours of drive time. 
I think I’ll head out of here around noon.
Time to warm up the rest of my home, while I’m making one more cup of coffee, so I can head to the shower. 

Digging My Way Out Of The Snow 12/21/2009

After I got myself warmed up yesterday, I went out for round two….
There was a little hump behind the Evil Twin that I had to back over.  I spent about 15 minutes trying to rock her over that hump, but she just couldn’t make it. 
I went back inside to call Millers to let them know that I still couldn’t make it out of my driveway.  I can’t believe that they were expecting two customers to come in to buy cars.   
After breakfast and the warming of fingers and toes, it was time for round 3.  I had forgotten to dig a path to my Propane tanks.  It would have been a real pain to get soaked with snow in the middle of the night to switch an empty tank over to a full tank.  For some reason, my Propane always runs out in the middle of the night and I have to fumble my way out there with a flash light.
When I went back outside, Kenny and Aaron were busy clearing their driveway so I went out to give them a hand.  Kenny was grinning ear to ear when as he was playing with his Dads toy…..
Kenny and Aaron making the plan on how we are going to park our cars according to everyone’s schedule so that we don’t have to ask each other to move our vehicles…..
I found two spring flowers coming out early……..

Oh wait….never mind….those are Kenny and Cyndi’s kids bike handles poking out.
Here’s Cyndi coming out to check on us IN SLIPPERS bbbrrr….
Then it was time to see if we could free the Evil Twin….

Kenny and Aaron’s Dad got home from work.  The three of them tried to push my car over that hump, but it turned out that the path going to the road needed to be widened a bit….
First Kenny widened the path…
Then Kenny and Aaron’s Dad worked on it a bit more….
After they were finished, they helped to push me and my Evil Twin out of the yard and in their driveway.
By a little after 3 PM, with the help of my awesome extended family, whom I would never have met if we didn’t all own Scions, she was finally free. 🙂
After deciding who had to leave when and who was coming back when, this is how we parked our cars.  Aaron’s xA is snug as a bug behind the closed garage door. He says he’s not driving HIS baby….
Here is Kenny and Cyndi’s Propane tank with a perfect snow “cone head” on top…..
Good thing I noticed that because, with all the digging and scraping, I had forgotten all about my Propane tanks…
I dug a path to them and removed the snow so that I could get to them before the snow goes away, in case I have to.
  While I was back there, Kenny was trying to free their satellite dish so that they could get their internet back…..  
I’m glad that I won’t have to go back there for anything, like emptying my black water tank since it’s totally snowed under…..
I went inside for some big time finger and toe warming and a nice cup of hot tea.
This morning everything is back to normal.  I’m going in to work this afternoon and have a car chase lined up for tomorrow.