Dec 4

Wed '13

Snow havoc

Well yesterday was a gong show if ever there was one. I fully intended on writing this blog post last night, but I was too exhausted, both mentally and physically.

Calgary received one hell of a blizzard on Monday and then on Tuesday, we were trying to get our city back to normal. There were huge winds on Monday that continually blew the snow everywhere and created very large snow drifts. Most people woke up to piles of snow almost 4 feet high instead of the foot we were promised. It’s because the wind didn’t want to just leave the snow where it landed, that would have been too easy.

Peter and I were no different. Our alley has a huge field behind it and every year it creates a wind tunnel and so much snow from the fields likes to accumulate in large piles in the alley. Peter has been fully snowed in before and waited a week until the city came to clear the alley. It wasn’t that bad this time. He managed to pull out of our parking pad and almost got to the street when his car got stuck in the snow. He thought if he had enough speed he could get through. Unfortunately that did not happen. His car was beached like a whale. My brother said it looked like a big fat cat with too short legs to touch the ground. All joking aside, peters car was stuck in the middle of the entrance to the alley. No one could get in or out past him. Luckily, there are 4 other exits to the alley so people just had to turn around.

Peter tried for 1/2 hour before he came and got me out of bed to help him. It was 5 in the morning so no one else was awake or around. We tried for another hour before we finally gave up. We tried calling a tow truck and there was a tow truck ban on in the city. This meant that tow companies could only help people in emergency situations. Ours didn’t quite qualify. So I let him take my car to work as long as he dropped me off at my work first. Peter had also been on his way to drive his dad to the airport before he went to work, so his dad had to find other means of transportation. I don’t even know if there were planes taking off to tell the truth. So anyway, Peter’s car sat in the middle of the alley all day until we were off work and able to think up a better solution to get it moving.

My Dad, Mom and Brother came to our rescue. My Dad has a huge diesel truck with lots of power. He also has a towing rope. So we attached the rope to Peter’s car and to my Dad’s truck and his car moved out of the snow no problem. We had to shovel so much snow from the entrance of the alley and from our parking pad area so that Peter’s car wouldn’t get stuck again. He didn’t wake me up this morning, so he must not have gotten stuck again!! Yay!

Anyway, it was so stressful all day at work yesterday trying to think up a brilliant solution to get Peter’s car out. It’s really awesome that we have such a great family and that they gave up their afternoon to help us!! We treated them to dinner and then just went home and vegged on the couch to watch Stargate. So exhausting.

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3 Responses to “Snow havoc”

  • Cat
    December 7, 2013 @ 4:53 pm

    Wow, all of that snow sounds crazy! I haven’t lived in a place with snow in a long time and have no idea how to deal with stuff like that now.

    I’m glad you guys were able to get Peter’s car out. That’s so nice of your family to help out! Hopefully the snow stays out of that area!

  • Kirsten
    December 10, 2013 @ 7:17 pm

    We had a blizzard back in Feb 2004 dubbed White Juan after the Hurrican named Juan the previous Sept that hit us hard. White Juan dropped over 3 feet on Halifax in about 24 hours. There was snow drifts that towered over my head. I remember sliding off our second floor balcony down one. It was kinda fun. Espically for my 13 year old brother.

    I’ve always loved big snow storms. I like the feeling of being snowed and all cozy under blankets and getting the day off from school when I was younger or work now. As long as everyone stays safe I find it so much fun. I hope we get a big one again this year! I sound like a little kid wanting a snow day lol 🙂

  • Lissy
    December 12, 2013 @ 7:49 am

    oh wow. We got 2″ Monday and I thought that sucked 😛 I wanna move to FL

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