I have priorities…

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After 2nd huge snow storm in a week 2013

I know I said I wasn’t going to post again until I made my theme change, but I just have too many pictures to share and too many people in my house causing distractions to get it done.

As you may have heard, the Midwest got hit by two major snowstorms in one week.  I mean major.  The weather in MO has been brutal and crazy the last few years.

Feb 2010 blizzard

Feb 2011 blizzard

2 years ago in Feb we had a mega blizzard.  Later that spring we had a major storm with unbelievable straight line winds.  Right as we were about to fulfill our snow make-up day obligations at the end of the school year, a tornado hit our little town.  Then came the flooding.

Tree damage in our back yard from straight line winds 2011

Tree damage in our back yard from straight line winds 2011

Then when winter came around again, it was the warmest on record.  And the driest.  Summer came bringing record high temps, but forgot to bring any rain with it.  When we did get a storm, it usually consisted of damaging winds and not much else.

Self explanatory

Self explanatory

So we plunged headlong into a drought where we have languished at about an 18″ deficit of water until recently.  Being the heart of the food belt, that’s a problem.  So one might think we would welcome these storms with open arms.  One would be wrong.  The first one seemed kinda cool (pun intended).  11″ of snow was something to brag about.

John and Joe shoveling the first round of snow 2013

John and Joe shoveling the first round of snow last week Feb 21, 2013

The second had everyone on Facebook in all caps screaming STOP!  ENOUGH!

Again...self explanatory

Again…self explanatory

The first day of it brought another 11″, and when I woke up this morning it had the nerve to still be snowing bringing another 3″ (and I just looked up at the window over my computer and, guess what, it’s still snowing).

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My handsome hubby digging out a place in the back yard for our little pooches Feb 26, 2013

Remember this view from my 3 r's post?

Remember this view from my R & R post?

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Anyone want to come to a cookout?

We are on day 2 of this week’s snow days adding to last week’s 2.  I just got a text saying they aren’t going tomorrow either.  I can’t say this enough.  “these people” need to go back to school soon!  I hope, however, if we exceed our built-in snow days, we are able to attend to them at the end of the year in as much peace as possible.

People all around town have been without power.  Then they get it.  Then it’s off again.  Back and forth.  A cruel joke.

There is also so much tree damage.  Sedalia is a “Tree City”, or it was anyway.  My neighbors huge tulip tree is a casualty, and my mother (whom I texted this picture to down in balmy TX) and I are grieving for it as much as my neighbor.  It was so beautiful and a harbinger of spring.  Winter showed it who was boss though.

Let's all have a moment of silence for the Doc's tulip tree

Let’s all have a moment of silence for the Doc’s tulip tree

One of my neighbors trees

Limbs down at another neighbor’s house

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This tree was also featured in my R & R post in early October. The one that had been next to it was blown down in another storm a couple of months ago.

This is my back yard this morning.

This is my back yard this morning.

Isn't this the sweetest!?!

Isn’t this the sweetest!?!

So with all this crazy snow it was inevitable that I would eventually have to shovel a flake or two.  I try to avoid it when my husband is around because all too often he hasn’t been, and I haven’t had a choice.  Well, when my neighbor, Brittany, who is also my hair stylist, texted asking me to drive her to work since her car was snowed in and she couldn’t dig it out because she might break a nail (totally kidding, she has a broken rib), I knew I was going to have to get to work.  I have priorities, and if I could help one woman bring beauty to Sedalia in it’s time of trouble by delivering the person who was going to rid her of dark roots and split ends, I knew it was my duty.

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My handiwork Feb 27, 2013. Looks a lot different from this, doesn’t it?

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Thank you, postal employees.

I can be thankful though that John did the heavy lifting yesterday, but I’m ready for spring all the same.  The next time I click on my weather app those meteorologists better have erased all those ridiculous forecasts or snow tonight, Friday and next Tuesday.  I mean it.

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8 Responses to I have priorities…

  1. Gary Kerr March 21, 2014 at 7:41 am #

    Thank you for sharing these beautiful images of Midwest and major snowstorms with us. I really like the illustration through images. And you know decorating a post through the images are the most interesting way to show it up. A great job. Keep it up.

  2. Gary Kerr February 17, 2014 at 1:03 pm #

    All pictures are good. I like to see snow fall but I don’t like to much snowfall.

  3. April February 28, 2013 at 10:04 am #

    This is what it’s supposed to look like in Canada! Your pictures today were beautiful.

  4. Nicki Traikos February 28, 2013 at 8:52 am #

    That’s exactly what it looks like in Toronto at the moment!! x

  5. Pam Lane February 27, 2013 at 11:19 pm #

    It looked beautiful until I saw the pictures of the trees. This is sad. Stay warm.

    • April February 28, 2013 at 10:03 am #

      Some parts of it are beautiful, and while the snow is around it looks kinda cool, but I took some photos of where the plows have pushed huge drifts of snow filled with branches aside that we can’t get a good gander at yet. That should look pretty terrible when this all melts besides what we can’t see in our own yards. I think the money I was going to use to by a new purse and get the dogs choppers cleaned is going to purchase a trailer to haul this mess away. We’ve really needed it for a while, but I’ve been in denial.

  6. Maureen February 27, 2013 at 8:42 pm #

    Those gorgeous trees. How sad. That is one heck of a lot of snow! The same storm moved into our area last night, but we are on the “warmer” side of things and it started with mostly rain mixed with wet snow all night, more wet snow all day, and now this evening the snow is starting to stick. The storm is moving out now, so we will be lucky to see a few centimeters. It is one sloppy mess!

    • April February 28, 2013 at 9:57 am #

      It is a sloppy mess. It is still beautiful, but, as with every big snowfall in town, it’s starting to turn brown and grey so I’d be happy for it to melt! Wish next week we could dry out a little bit so we can clean up, but it’s not looking too good. Come on spring!

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