Wednesday, February 6, 2008

All Snowed In Blog Candy

The weather this winter has been CRAZY!!!!!!!!! I went to work today, in a winter snow warning. Boy was that STUPID! Here is what the national weather service is saying about my house:

...WINTER STORM WARNING NOW IN EFFECT UNTIL 10 PM CST THIS EVENING...

SNOW...MOSTLY LIGHT...WILL CONTINUE FALLING ACROSS NORTHEAST ILLINOIS THROUGH 8:00 PM. THE SNOW IS EXPECTED TO END ALTOGETHER ACROSS THE CHICAGO AREA AND NORTHWEST INDIANA BY 9:00 PM CST.

AN ADDITIONAL 1 TO 2 INCHES OF ACCUMULATION IS POSSIBLE BETWEEN 6 PM AND 9 PM THIS EVENING.

EVEN THOUGH THE SNOW FROM THIS STORM IS WINDING DOWN...NORTH WINDS GUSTING IN EXCESS OF 30 MPH WILL CAUSE CONSIDERABLE BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW. THEREFORE...THE WINTER STORM WARNING FOR NORTHEAST ILLINOIS HAS BEEN EXTENDED UNTIL 10 PM CST.

A WINTER STORM WARNING MEANS SIGNIFICANT AMOUNTS OF SNOW... SLEET... AND ICE ARE EXPECTED OR OCCURRING. STRONG WINDS ARE ALSO POSSIBLE. THIS WILL MAKE TRAVEL VERY HAZARDOUS OR IMPOSSIBLE.

Yeah, and I was driving in it WITH a flat tire! Yup... didn't even know it. The snow plows can't keep up... one of the roads home was a "best guess"... I was like - I *think* the road is here. Luckily, there weren't ditches on that road, or else I'm *sure* I would have ended up in one. But I made it home. We'll see if the snow stops and the plows can get caught up tonight. If not, I'm SO not trying that again!

In honor of the Christmas-like weather AND my 10,000+ hits (didn't even know!), we will have a blog candy!!!!!!!!! For candy, I have an On Board Art Journal (NIP), 2 Soft Subtles Classic Stampin' Pads (NIP your choice), and some extra goodies... I've been cleaning, so there's a TON of goodies for the box, to include some alterable items. So what do you need to do??? Tell me your favorite/best snow or winter story (no, I won't hold it against you if you don't have snow... I haven't had any for a while, either). I will draw a name at random on Sunday at 6PM (CST).

33 comments:

Jan Scholl said...

okay-I hate snow! We got 12 inches here in Michigan (north of Flint I am) and hubby took three hours to drive 45 miles on the freeway.

My daughter was born during a blizzard on Thanksgiving many years ago and I had to stay in the hospital because hubby could not get there to take me home-I stayed until monday. It sucked. and my turkey rotted in the sink (I was preparing it when my pains got to be two minutes apart-well cramps really)

bubbles32 said...

I love your site, you do some beautiful work.

I'm with Jan, I hate snow too. I suppose that my best snow story isn't really a story, but just watching my kids outside playing in the snow with the dog. She loves to have snow thrown at her and she tries to catch it. I live in Abbotsford, BC and we don't get much snow here, but I tell you this winter has been brutal, but on a good note I've been able to take LOTS of snow photos.

JenMarie said...

I enjoying my (almost) snow free winter this year! Moved from IL to GA. We did get a light snow, good thing here is it's gone the next day!!

schmoopie said...

I have great memories of snow days as a kids, but something changed and we stopped getting large accumulations of snow in Calgary. We moved to Regina and now there is 3' of snow in my backyard. So I took the kids out and we sent sledding and made snow angels and snow men and had a great day! Makes me love snow!

Linda said...

I live in Mason Mi, and we got about 12 inches of snow. My husband had a stroke (going to be okay) about 1 and 1/2 weeks ago, so the snow shoveling is up to me. Thank heavens for great neighbors who have helped. It seems like so much more snow this year than usual.
Linda Peterson
craftylin1968@aol.com

Cindy Vernon said...

I actually had never seen snow in person until I was 23 years old. I visited a girlfriend in Long Island, NY in April and they ended up having a freak late blizzard! But that didn't stop us from driving to DC in it!

Diane said...

My best snow story has to be waking up in NC 7 years ago to 18 inches of snow and then having Raleigh close down for a week.

I hate snow; thought I saw the last of it when I moved from NY...

Karen said...

I guess I really don't have a story as such as there have been so many times that we were snowed in. I live in Newfoundland, Canada and we certainly can have our share of snow. I like when we have a storm and everyone can just stay home together and not be in a rush to go anywhere for that day. Then we get the chance to sit down as a family should and do things together that we normally wouldn't have had a chance to do for that day or week even.

Tks for the chance of winning such great blog candy.

Anonymous said...

One time when my kids were VERY small, my husband went out in 30 inches of snow to make a snow angel. They were inside watching from the window. Daddy falls back. Daddy does not get up, does not get up, kids start to cry, where is Daddy, much tears!
Then he gets up finally, trying to fool them of course. Geez!
Mary Puskar
primitiveseasons@comcast.net

Jacquie said...

I grew up in Ontario so snow was a fact of life but in my teens the family moved to British Columbia on the coast. No more snow,no more white Christmases, that was sad. I went to visit them one year after I had moved to Calgary and got stuck in a freak snow storm. I thankfully got on the one plane flying out of Vancouver to Calgary but I had to laugh at the way the city shut down. I did get some great pictures of the city all covered in snow.
Thanks for the chance to win some candy :)

Heather said...

Glad you made it home safe with that flat tire. Like many across Southern Wis, we had a snow day yesterday. I generally love the snow (it's the extreme cold I can't stand!), but getting more than a foot in one day? Not so fun! Still, you can't help but laugh or go crazy, so I blogged today on 13 things to do when it snows.

http://wordtrix.blogspot.com/

mochamama said...

I was snowed in at a cabin all by myself three winters ago. I couldn't get out of the cabin because the snow had drifted up to the doorand I had no phone! I was found three days later- safe, cabin fevered and scrapbooked to the nines!

Sharon said...

Another one of the great advantages of having kids-SNOW DAYS! Well, yesterday was more like white out snow day, so stayed inside to make cards and watch movies with the kiddo. Payback is having the snowplow guy bury your driveway when you've almost broke through the 4' drift to get to the street-again and again and again....I know I saw him laughing as he drove by the 5th time! arghhhh

Anonymous said...

I was flying into Port Angeles in a snowstorm and the pilot told us he had to circle around and come in from opposite the usual direction. Because of the snow on the runway, we could have slid right off into the ocean. I really enjoyed that snowstorm!

Swedie

Cam said...

We don't get much snow, hardly at all. What we get is ice freezing rain and I hate those. About 2 years ago, we had a freezing rain and the whole city had gone into a gridlock. All traffic came to a halt. What normally take 20 minutes drive from work to home took 5 hours to get home. How's that for a snow/freezing rain story?
Thanks for a chance to win some blog candy.
Cam
ctcao@earthlink.net

Darlene said...

Thankfully those of us in the Southwestern Burbs were spared this time. I am glad you got home safe with that flat tire. Thanks for the great blog candy opp. Congrats on your many hits too. darlene

nettystamps said...

My fave snow memory was a blizzard that hit the midwest in 1978 (?) I think it was...anyway it snowed and blew for literally days!!! We were out of school for over a week! That was the year we had makeup days on Saturdays we had missed so many....(not part of the fave part of my memory...lol) Anyway after all the snow and the plows went through my brothers and I made all kinds of tunnels in the drifts! (I know, I know...sooooo dangerous) but it was sooo much fun! Thanks for the walk down memory lane! OH, and for the chance at what I am sure will be some awesome candy!

Sunnymommie said...

I hate snow... but my fiance went to high school and there have little hill and he play there.. next year I will try my best to take my kids and play outside and slide with big round balloon...

thanks for the chance!

CAKVD said...

Hello! Yup, we are snowed in too in Madison, Wisconsin. Got 14" yesterday with lots of blowing. Our snow story actually happened yesterday...perhaps you saw it, as it made national news. Our interstate (about 3 miles from my house) got blocked and about 1000 vehicles were stranded for over 12 hours not knowing when help would arrive. It was a horrible situation, with cars running out of gas (therefore no heat), no food, and no water. It is a miracle everyone got out safely.
Thanks!
Cheryl KVD

NicoleL said...

Ugh, I am not a big fan of the snow and cold...it's been like that all too much here lately!! Growing up there was a huge blizzard, where I lived we rarely got snow, so this was huge! Everything in the whole town shut down. There was so much snow we could jump off the lower roof into it all! Fun memories! Thanks for the chance at winning some awesome blog candy!
Nicole cutesy_face@hotmail.com

Monika said...

CONGRATULATIONS on your hits!! A few years ago when I was studing French in Quebec City we got snowed in. Well it is very common to get one bad winter storm up there, but man I didn't think that the cars would actually totally get covered in snow! I would never believed it if i wouldn't off seen it with my own eyes. What a nice scenery though, everything seemed so peaceful.

Gretchen said...

One of my best memories as a kid was when I was 5 and we had a huge snow storm. The snow was 3.5 feet high. Just enough to be taller than me. I crawled right into the snow and dug a hole and sat in there like a little cave. my parents couldn't find me but laughed when they did. It was like playing marco polo in the snow.

Delandy said...

Oh boy oh boy, blog candy!!! So exited. I love snow, maybe because I don't live in an area where I have to shovel snow all day long. I only go to the mountains for snowboarding. One year the snow was really nice and fluffy. So my husband and I went snowboarding (skiing for him actually). I was cruising down the intermediate slope looking all cool (at least I thought I did) until I caught the front edge and began cart-wheeling down the slope, literally. Because the snow was thick, it didn't hurt. I just remember myself thinking: Am I done rolling down the hill yet? It went on for about 10 secs and finally gravity stopped me. Everyone on the lift cheered for me. :P I guess cart-wheeling down the hill is more exciting than simply cruising.

Brenda said...

Congrats on all the hits!! Thanks for this chance to win awesome candy! Here's hoping I win!!
When I went into labor with our daughter, we had to drive to a hospital an hour away...in snow and freezing rain!! But that didn't slow down my hubby, cuz he didn't want to deliver the baby in the car. So, the police stopped us for speeding...but let us go when they realized I really was having a baby!
Stay home & stay safe!
~Brenda H.

Alison Molumby said...

Awesome candy op -- thanks! I'm off to check out the rest of your blog after I comment. We had a minor ice story here Wednesday night. I was out gossiping with some stampin' friends and the ride home was a little hairy for all of us, but we all made it home safely.

Doris said...

One of my favorite winter stories is from university. I lived in a suburb and there was a train track that wasn't used anymore. I remember walking down the track, just experiencing nature and looking at all the trees and bushes covered. And it was all so brilliantly white and pretty.

Annelies said...

It should be winter now in Belgium, but today is really fantastic. The sun is shining and when I just went out for a walk I saw someone working on a roof without t-shirt (in february!!).
Crazy winter here!

debbiedee said...

I love snow! My favorite story is from 2000. When I was growing up we would have snow storms so bad that we wouldn't be able to go to school for a week. This was hard for my boys to imagine as up til 2000 the only winter they knew was snow one day and melt the next.
Then in 2000 we would get FEET of snow. It started in November and we made a snowman that didn't melt until April. My youngest asked me why we had never had winter before then. Ü They had never gotten to sled or do any of the things they got to do that year and loved it!

Angel W said...

I remember snow as a child as I grew up in Iowa. We played king of the mountain on the huge piles. We made snow angels and snow ice cream.... yummm. But as an adult the states I've lived in haven't had a lot of snow. We're in Georgia now and I doubt we'll see any here!

Susan Liles susiestampalot said...

first off- what a FUN blog you have! i love the colors and hearts! my favorite snow story:
our neighborhood is very close and we all love to do stuff together. when a new couple moved in a few doors down,so we didnt know them at all yet, it had just snowed BIG (in Texas, that's not a lot, but anyway), and to welcome the new neighbors, we all pitched in, rolling a huge snow body from all the way down the other direction of the street and making other snowballs, and we made a snowman and snow woman in the new neighbors front yard while they were gone. i think it took all the snow in all the yards to make them as they were full size!! the kids all dressed them up and we put a "welcome' sign in front of them. it was so fun and the new friends loved it and felt right at home in the neighborhood and are some of our closest friends now.

Stampedbyanangel@aol.com said...

I hate snow but miss it all the same as we don't get much where we are living. I'm glad I came across your blog you have some fantastic ideas!

Melissas said...

I grew up with lots of snow, but my favorite snowfall was on an Easter Sunday when I was living in Tucson, AZ. It didn't stay long, but was so pretty! Thanks for sharing :)

Barbara said...

I'm trying to forget my 'snow stories' having spent 17 years in New England. I returned to SC four years ago. Nothing could be finer!
Barbara

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