Although we did not see family or friends, this has been a good Christmas – very peaceful. Staying home, being with Toby, and not doing much of anything has just been relaxing. Knowing that my family was all snug and safe was good too.
Yesterday dawned bright and white. It looked warm outside, but the weather was still pretty cold. Toby spent part of the day clearing off the carport and places in the barn where snow blew. The snow definitely blew – it blew into the oddest nooks and crannies. Late in the afternoon, we ventured out to feed the neighbors animals while they are away. Our little county road was not too bad, so we decided to venture on into Duncan to see the GGs. Hwy 7 was not too bad – mostly clear except where guardrails kept the wind from blowing the snow off the road. What snow was on the road, was thick, but slushy – nothing that a snowplow couldn’t fix. We saw some folks sledding on the overpasses - an Okie thang for sure. It reminded us of Jesse sledding on the pond dam the first winter we lived here. It was a pretty steep dam. She said she went "dam fast' and it was "dam scary." Then there was the time she was babysitting some kids and took them sledding on another pond dam. The snow melted quickly and they continued to sled on the red mud. Reason no. 24 to marry Jesse: She is not afraid to get dirty.
As we got closer to Duncan, we were wondering why Duncan had not done better with their roads. I guess we aren’t in NM anymore. OK apparently does not have the plows and resources that snowier states have or possibly Duncan was not a priority. We heard on the news that Wichita Falls had a fleet of snowplows come from Amarillo all the way to WF plowing as they came. Once they go to WF, they veered off and plowed other main roads. But the hwy dept had trouble clearing I-44 due to the abandoned vehicles. We saw at least three abandoned vehicles on our way to Duncan. The main road in Duncan was okay, but the side roads were difficult. It was not the snow; it was the crazy drivers that were scary. We saw some people doing some very dumb things - things that made our jaws drop – it was enough to make us head home and stay put. We did get to see the GGs and watch them open their presents. I wish I had taken a camera. Bo and the GGs had built a huge snow fort in their front yard. My DIL said that she had a hard time getting Bo to come in from playing in the snow. GBN2 did not do so well in the big snowball fight, but I think they all enjoyed the fine day and snow. GBN1 has her first loose tooth and she is proud of it.
We may venture out again today – to Wal-Mart we will go. It is suppose to warm up to 42 - whew! A regular heat wave!