Winter in the Tri-Cities is usually a non-event. Cold with a little sunshine and windy with the occasional snowfall. Every once in a while we get a good little dumping of snow but it is gone in a day or two. This year however we got a little love in the Wyoming way. It started with some good ol' freezing rain on Saturday night coating the roads and everything else in about an inch or so of pure nasty! Sunday morning we had the pleasure of waking up to some quality love from the Heavens in the form of Snow; thick and falling fast on our still un-melted sheet of ice. Throughout the day we got about 7-9 inches. Now I know those of you who live in or have lived in the Wyoming way are going oh how pretty. But, here in Washington it is as pretty as Darth Vader is to a Jedi. Given the fact that this area very rarely gets this kind of weather our system is just completely unprepared to deal with it effectively. So what happens? Church is canceled in all of the Tri-cities and surrounding areas!
Never in my Parents memory has this happened. Even when Mt. St. Helens blew they still held sacrament meeting.
Now here it is Tuesday and all the Tri-cities schools have been closed for two days and the roads are still unfit to drive. Normally I wouldn't be complaining (okay that's a stretch) but as we have all been sick for over a week now we are really getting coopy. It is one thing to have all five of us home day in and out when every one is sick, quiet and lying down. It is a whole other issue when three out of five are feeling so much better and want to run and jump and play but having just been super sick can’t go do it outside.It has made for some very grouchy moments if I do say so myself.
Yesterday we had to go to the store for Water (pregnant women and kids under one can't drink our water!)and Pull-ups (as stated in previous post). We thought surly the roads would be clear enough and safe enough by now… Oh NO it was a white knuckle drive all the way in and it took us 20 min to get there and 30 to get home when normally it takes 10 min. tops. Karl as I am sure you can imagine having grown up in Wyoming is a great driver in all sorts of nasty weather. Here though we have a bunch of Stupidos driving around going 60 and flying all over the place. It adds a whole other element of scary to the plate. On the way to town there were several cars in the ditch but on the way back there were tons more! If we didn't have to hit the roads anytime soon that would be too soon for me! Unfortunately Rieken has been getting worse with a consistent fever of 102-104 and he is out of cough meds! He gets really bad at night and although he is very very sick we haven’t felt that the risk of keeping him home and giving him Tylenol and such plus the cold shower thing has outweighed the risk of driving the roads at night. Now it is daytime and he is still sick and the roads are hopefully better so, we are off to the Doctors yet again. We are on a winter advisory here so we have to plan this visit just right so we can make it home safely. GRRRR It feels like Wyoming all over again:)