Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Driving in a Winter Wonderland

Snow


(Photo above taken from my front porch this afternoon.)

 Last Thursday night, it started snowing.  And it snowed all day Friday and all day Saturday.  More snow on Sunday and Monday.  Today we had a respite, but it sounds like they're predicting a major blizzard tonight and tomorrow, and rumor has it that it will be a snow day (no school!).

The snow is beautiful.  It's peaceful and quiet and calm.  Nothing quite like it.

But it's also treacherous.  I am terrified to drive in it.  Oh, I drove in it in Utah, yes.  But it really isn't comparable.  Besides, even in Utah I found myself in sticky situations because of the snow.  Just last year I managed to get stuck in a snow bank just before Christmas and cause a couple hundred dollars of damage to our van.  I didn't even want to try it around here.

Just look at the hill I live on, for goodness' sake!  Yes, that is a ski resort across the canal.  Yes, I took this picture from my driveway.  Yes, I am afraid we are all going to kill ourselves trying to back out of the driveway. Just look at those poor cars going straight up the hill! Not fun, and since today was a relatively nice day with no new snow, it was a lot worse yesterday and the previous days.


Snowy hill


I told Joel I'd just walk everywhere close and have him chauffeur us around the rest of the time. I know I was being unreasonable, but did I mention I'm terrified of driving in this? Well, he's just a big meanie, because he said I had to do it today.

He made me drive him to the grocery store, and then to work. I had to back out of our itty-bitty-teeny-tiny garage, go up the hill in the lowest gear possible and drive on the ice and snow all the way to the shopping center. Then I had to park in a parking lot so full of snow that people were making up parking spaces. And then I had to safely get out of that same parking lot.

Scary stuff!

After I dropped Joel off at work with no incident, I had to go by myself to pick Sophia up from preschool. Lots of hills around there, too.

Thankfully, I made it all safe and sound, but I didn't like it one bit!

I do have one hold out, however. I refuse to try and get myself into the garage. Our last house had a two car garage, and I often couldn't maneuver the van into it without incident. I will stubbornly refuse to attempt this one. See how tiny it is?  And how big my car is in comparison?



Our humble (and snowy) abode


Yeah, Joel will just have to deal with it, unless he wants to pay for some major car repairs.  I'm not budging on this one.

So there.

40 comments :

  1. We got a ton of snow last night. Booo.

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  2. I can say with complete confidence that you will get used to both the snow AND the garage. I learned to drive in Upstate New York. Horrible Lake Effect Snow, the works. After a while you just learn what to do and what not to do. Remember that there is nothing wrong with putting on your hazard lights and going 15 miles an hour. Let the morons fly by you in their SUVs. Odds are you will pass them in the ditch later. Carry a bag of cat litter in the back of your van. If you ever get stuck, you can pour it under your tires for some traction and it may get you out of a few rough spots. As for the garage -- I have TERRIBLE depth perception (at least compared to my husband. But we had a one car garage and I just learned where I needed to be on my side of the car to fit just right. Glue or stick a piece of wood right where you need to stop the front tire to know you are in far enough. Trust me. Figuring it out now is WAY better than scraping off your windshield at o-dark-thirty when it is negative 10 degrees outside.
    As for the steep hill you live on -- good luck. The nice thing about living in places where it snows aLOT is that usually they are pretty on top of keeping the roads plowed. In NY they had these massive industrial plows (way bigger than anything I saw in Utah) that would run all night. During the storms they would pass our house several times a night. Here's to a new adventure!!!!

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  3. Your home is charming! And I can't blame you for not wanting to drive around in that. It's wild!

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  4. I was waiting for the 'we live on a hill and they get snow' post. :)

    I won't tell you which one I'm waiting for next. :)

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  5. ha ha ha ... I love the snow, for a few days ... good luck and hoping you have safe travels. And I am with you on the garage ... I wouldn't be too excited about trying that either!

    Hope you get a snowday tomorrow - I've heard about those ;) (I'm pretty sure Utah has outlawed them, we haven't had one for years, and years)

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  6. I don't like to drive in the snow but we have to sometime don't we good luck.
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  7. I HATE driving in the snow and ice! Only because I freak out and overcompensate all the time...which is, I found out, not good. But the fact that you live on such a hilly neighborhood is terrifying!! Better get those snowchains out and drive 10mph everywhere!! lol!


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  8. Totally random comment here (although I agree that eventually, you'll be a pro at parking in the garage and driving those roads)--but I love that little splash of pink in the last picture of your daughter. So cute!

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  9. I'm so happy to see a picture of your house! And SO sympathetic to your fear of driving in the snow...I too have had incidents (enough) that make me shake like a leaf any time I'm driving in snow/ice. You are a braaaave woman!

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  10. Such a fun house, and such a darling neighborhood, and such a yucky hill. I was feeling sorry for myself and MY hill until I read your post. No longer...

    Thanks!

    And....Good Luck!!!

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  11. i second all of your thoughts on snow and snow driving.

    Cute house, we are we going to get the photo tour? And how cute is Babes there in front all pink??

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  12. Thank you for the snow pictures! As for driving in it, that is my only holdout from moving from the desert. I finally thought of a solution though. In Alaska, a great many people use snowmobiles to get around. I think I will just buy one of those and deal with the snow, because of missing it so badly this time of year. With all of those hills maybe some downhill skiing is in order ;-) I will be praying you guys make it through this winter without incident though because that is scary stuff.

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  13. I feel your pain and fear! I hate it too. We have had more than our share of snow already but no "snow days" here. Good luck!

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  14. You are so funny. I never used to be afraid of driving in the snow. I was proud of the fact that I could! Then I spun out with a guy I liked in the car in college...yet still I was ok. Until I had kids. Now I'm a baby. I avoid it if at all possible...I really don't want to kill myself or one of my children. But I still love the snow...as long as I can stay in my cozy house!

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  15. Cute house! Cute garage, too. But garages aren't meant to be cute.

    What a gorgeous view of your street! Hope you get used to getting around. Do they do snow tires over there? Everyone here changes their tires in the winter. No chains or metal studs or whatever, just the softer rubber that doesn 't freeze solid. They work very well.

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  16. Good luck with the winter driving Lara. Check with the Keweenaw Research Center -- they usually offer a winter driving class that might increase your confidence. I

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  17. What a beautiful area you live in. I love your house. I love your little garage. It is so charming and has so much character! I am sorry about the horrendous driving conditions. I really don't mind driving in snow, but my husband sure does! We basically don't go anywhere in the winter because of the snow. Enjoy becoming a hermit! :)

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  18. What gorgeous pictures! And the snow hill is beautiful! Look at that little pink Sophie, she is just a little doll. I love the suggestions from your friends, go to that driving class, remember when we saw it offered at the airport? Don't worry though, you guys are very very resilient. Oh and it is negative 12 here today! Brrrr

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  19. When I lived in NY, it looked alot like that, and it didn't help that most of it was really hilly. They would close school for a skiff of snow, but after driving in it I was glad! Good luck, hopefully you can enjoy the beauty as you brave the roads.

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  20. What a cute house!

    And I'd be afriad of driving in that place, too. Good luck:)

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  21. Beautiful! We had dinner with the missionaries the other night... a senior couple from northern wyoming... holy heaven, I could never live there. Snow on the ground ALL winter long... all the way up until the end of April when it finally melts. I would die. I live in a place where it snows a half an inch and they close the schools. Too many narrow, curvy roads for buses to navigate with even a smattering of snow. It doesn't happen very often though. Even though I'm in the mountains, these are southern mountains!!

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  22. Oh but it is beautiful! I wouldn't attempt that garage either! LOL!

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  23. You have a really sweet house.

    And yes, I agree that I wouldn't pull into that garage either. It would terrify me.

    I want to see a picture where the snow is taller than Sophia!

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  24. Everyone has said it already, but that is the CUTEST HOUSE EVER!

    Your pictures are amazing. And I'll keep my fingers crossed for you and your driving!

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  25. Snowy Utah roads are bad enough in my mind. Don't even want to try what you have. I just don't have the confidence or know-how under the bad weather pressure.

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  26. Your house is adorable!!

    I've only ever driven (i was a passenger actually) in the snow once and i was absolutely terrified! I will never do it again if i don't have to!

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  27. I know that you won't like this comment :)), but I am so missing that snow! here it's so dry, just some rain today...

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  28. AHHH I miss you guys!! Like a ton...and my current orchestra "teacher" is horrible!!!!URGH we figured out why she won't let me sit up front....it's because of you, Dr. Neves. =D I think it's hilarious because now she can't teach next year because of it! Thank you Dr. Neves!!!!!

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  29. I hate driving in the snow too. And we don't have nearly as much as you!

    I have to say, I'm kind of jealous that you live across the street from a ski resort. It's gorgeous!

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  30. I have always been terrified of driving in the snow...even when we lived in AZ! But, I think that's why; I didn't grow up in snow. The whole thought of skidding across ice and having no control over my vehicle or where it lands or who gets hurt in the process - especially with my babies in the car - absolutely terries me!

    For now, while my kids are at home with me all day, I refuse to go out if it is snowing. But, I know that's unrealistic and that eventually I will have to face up to my fears. The scariest part about it is that I really don't have anyone to teach me how to drive in the snow. Jason is nearly as clueless as I am, but somehow manages!

    Sigh.

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  31. I've never seen a garage that small! Boy the snow sure it gorgeous, but yes very scary. I have a memory of being in Washington for the winter visiting my grandparents one year and they lived on a steep street like that too, and we hit ice at the bottom of the street and slid out into traffic. So, I would be scared too! Good luck!

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  32. Oh goodness!! I hated driving in the snow in UT too but this IS scary! Your home looks beautiful btw!

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  33. Gorgeous photographs! Wow. I had a scary slipping moment when the brakes didn't do the trick on the way to preschool this morning. I love the bundled girl in front of the house!

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  34. You'll get used to it, I promise! As a snow-driving veteran who now lives in a place where people are terrified to drive when we get so much as a dusting (and we've got serious hills, too), I hear ya! But you'll make it, pinky swear.

    And can I just say...I LOVE your house! Love, love, love! It's adorable, and it makes me think of cozy Christmases with mugs of hot cocoa. I wish we had a brick house, but alas, they're not practical in an earthquake zone!

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  35. Those are some trecherous roads, girl. And this is coming from someone who, when she lived in snow for 4 cursed years (@ BYU, no less), I never knew what to wear in the snow, how to walk in the snow, etc., much less how to drive in the stuff!!

    Gah!

    You could always move to Las Vegas. The only thing we shovel here in the winter time is sun. (sigh)

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  36. I'd be afraid to drive in that, too. We've been back in Utah for 6 years (after 5 in California) and I still have to force myself not to hibernate when the snow starts coming down in the winter. (Usually it's near-starvation that finally dehibernates me. That, or my turn to drive carpool.)

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  37. This is me loving CA.
    We had some icy sidewalks the other day and I was TERRIFIED.
    Due to my tailbone, if I was you I'd never leave my house.
    Good luck.

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  38. And I wonder where little Sophie got all that attitude!!! :)

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  39. It sure is beautiful from my perspective. I LOVE your house!
    Despite the snow you all seem so happy there!
    So fun to find your "spot".

    I do feel your pain with driving in the snow. I thought is was yucky in Salt Lake City. I am sure it doesn't even compare.

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  40. our garage in murray was really tiny. two stall, but low clearance and very tight.

    I LOVE YOUR HOUSE! It is not the one I had in my mind-but better!

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