Day 11 – Neighbors have lost it

It’s been 11 days since the snow has kept us trapped from leaving our homes.  I didn’t want to have to write this, but it’s becoming clear to me that our neighbors are starting to feel its effects.  I think the last few days have been a morale crusher, and it’s unclear what effects it would have on a psyche… the snow seemed to start melting, but it has made the neighborhood into a slush trap, forbidding all vehicular traffic.  Hope has turned to despair…   I believe there is a plot afoot to take all of our food storage…  It’s been 11 days now, and I’m sure they are all getting hungry… especially thinking about our canned beef stew and canned taco meat…

Caleb and I have taken precautions and made a snow Fort outside – Fort Christmas.  We’re hoping it sends a message to any mobs that might consider us an easy target.  There’s not a lot of ammunition, but we think we can build up an arsenal pretty quickly with this wet snow…  We’ve made a pact to defend the taco meat until the last snowball is thrown…

Until D-day, the fort could be a nice hideout for us.  It does have a wireless internet connection…  However, I probably should have made the door a bit bigger.  As I tried to climb in for the first time, I did pull a Winnie-the-Pooh and wondered how long I’d have to wait to be able to slip completely through the door.  Slightly inconvenient, but it’ll be effective in keeping the big intruders out…

If you’re reading this, and we haven’t survived our neighbors’ savage onslaught , you can have our choice meats…. In the secret compartment underneath the stacks of green jello packs…. that’s where we keep the spam.

Good luck.

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Snow Days

Seattlelites don’t have to dream about a white
Christmas.  We’re getting it.  It started snowing on December 13th,
which caused a bit of an interruption in daily life.  Then, the snow
really started dumping on December 17th, and over the past week a foot or so of
snow has accumulated.  There seems to be no end.  We have been
huddled in our home for days with small jaunts to the grocery store between
storms.  It has been both fun and frustrating at times.  Our official
church meetings were canceled last Sunday, but our Bishop held a Sacrament
Meeting for those who felt they could make it in the snow.  We thought,
"No sweat, we’ve got chains."  We all got ready for church, Don
put the chains on the van, and we were on our way.  We didn’t get far,
though.  As we were rounding the first turn in our neighborhood, we
spinned out going up a small hill, and the right wheel chain fell off. 
Don finagled with it in his suit until he finally got it back on.  Our
faithful neighbors, the Kersavages, were right behind us.  We tried again
with no luck.  So, we backed down and went around the other way.  Our
friends followed us.  Fortunately, we made it out of the
neighborhood.  We thought we were doing pretty well until we almost didn’t
make it up the second big hill where we were to turn left.  There was a
big road closed sign at the head of the church road.  Don, being the
obedient driver that he is, didn’t turn and kept going straight despite my
yelling, "Turn left, turn left."  Don answered "The road is
closed" even though all of our other church friends were driving around
the sign.  We turned around, and the right wheel chain came off yet
again.  By this time, we were all frustrated, and Don declared we had made
a valiant effort and were going home.  Karlin and another church member
helped push us, and we made it back home without another incident.

Of course, despite the occasional frustrations, the snow is so fun.  Don
and Caleb built a huge, 4-circled snowman.  It was enormous!  Caleb
LOVES the snow and takes every opportunity to throw himself down in it. 
According to him, everybody is a snowball target whether they like it or
not.  Don and Caleb have been out tubing and sledding with friends.  We went caroling last night with our friends,
the Kersavages, and we had a ball. 
Something about trudging around in the snow makes caroling all the more
fun.  Below are some pics of the snow fun and our winter

Building Frosty

Tubing Fun

Some snow pictures


Don fixing the chain in his church clothes