Sunday, February 18, 2007
From Blue Skies to a Cloudy Gray!
After our very long trip home on Thursday, we came home only to find we could not get in our driveway. It seems Indiana had somewhat of a winter blizzard while we were gone:) I believe Indianaplis and surrounding towns received 12 inches or more in just a few days and some counties were on snow emegencies. Luckily, this meant Tayler did not fall too far behind and actually went back to school on Friday, ahead of his class, as they had been out of school for two and a half days and he had already completed the week's worth of school work. My agency and the church were also closed for a few days so that was a relief as well. But, enough positives! Let me give you a quick recap of our afternoon. We were all tired after a total of 26 hours in the car and even our legs were weak and shaky from being in the car for four days. Our emotions were probably a bit shaky as well:)
All we could think about was coming home, unloading the car, and resting. But, instead we came home to this! As you can see in the pics, our driveway was blocked by a few feet of snow. As Tayler begins to realize that no one has come to feed his fish he had just purchased a day before we had to leave, he begins to have a major melt down. A friend was scheduled to come and feed them, but she was unable to leave her house as her driveway was also blocked off by snow. So, Tayler is crying as Brian tries to jump over the mound of snow to get in the garage and retrieve a shovel.
Let's just say no shovel was going to do the trick. Tayler is now out of the car determined to "jump the great divide" in an effort to save his fish. All I could do was try to comfort Tayler as he is frantically trying to push open the door that is also blocked by snow. Well, Brian was able to shovel enough snow out of the way to get us somewhat up the driveway (although, afterwards there was a green substance coming out of the bottom of our car)that can't be good, right? I go inside to find Tayler discovering his dead fish. I console him as Brian goes to the local diner and finds two men with a plow truck. They tell us they'll give us a deal and only charge us $40.00 to get in our driveway! That is a good deal they say as they have been charging from $75.00-$130.00. What kind of deal is that? So, without many other options, we hired them on the spot. But, we had to wait for them to finish their meal first!(I am sure they even got dessert after making such a profit on us:)
So, they do the job and after spending way over our budget on our unexpected trip, what is another $40.00, right? Tayler calmed down about his fish and cleaned out the tank.........only to clog up the sink with rocks! So, while we were waiting for the nice men to come and plow our driveway, Brian took apart the pipes in Tayler's sink to get the rocks out. Just lovely! To top it off, the next morning Brian's battery went out on his truck, which was another $60.00! Gotta love the cold weather! However, one good thing that came of the snow was Tayler was able to shovel our neighbors sidewalk on Saturday and earn $10.00 to replace his fish! (see pic above)