Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Relaxation & Plenty of Snow

We spent a snowy three-day weekend at our home in Utah. We arrived Friday evening to discover that our driveway leading up to the garage was covered with a foot to a foot-and-a-half of snow. We live in the desert, so we don't have four-wheel drive on our vehicles; however, the next vehicles we buy will definitely have four-wheel drive. Edie tried to drive through the snow up the driveway to get to the garage, but that was not to be. So Sandy trudged through the snow up the driveway and retrieved two shovels out of the garage, and thus began the hour-long effort to shovel snow so we could park in the garage. Oh, and it started snowing again while we were shoveling. We weren't appropriately dressed, because we drove up from the desert, so needless to say, we were cold. But the continual shoveling warmed us up...except for Sandy's feet. Edie was wearing fur lined shoes; Sandy wasn't. Sandy's shoes and socks were soaked through by the time we finished shoveling, and she didn't think her toes would ever get warm again.

It continued to snow during the night on Friday, so when we awakened on Saturday, our driveway was once again covered in snow. However, we were blessed with the kindness of one of the townsfolk (who happens to be our sister-in-law's father) who plowed our driveway for us. We were so thankful, because we weren't looking forward to shoveling our way out of the driveway when it was time for us to leave. Even though it lightly snowed again Monday morning, we were able to get away before heavier snowfalls arrived.

This is a picture of the house across the street from our home. It was taken at Christmas, but it still looks just about the same. The snow may be not quite this deep now, but there's still plenty of it.

The original part of our home in Utah was built in 1947ish, and the addition was built in 1987. Needless to say, it is in need of some repairs and upgrades. We're slowly tackling those projects. We've replaced two of the exterior doors, with one more to go. We hope to paint those doors while we're in Utah in April. We will replace and upgrade some of the plumbing at that time as well. The repairs and upgrades will be an ongoing project for a very long time, but we do them happily because we are so thankful to have this home in our little home town. It is our inheritance from our parents in a town that was settled in part by our father's ancestors. When we are there, we're home.

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