Friday, February 04, 2011
Now maybe we can forget about the storm of 1979!
With the so-called" blizzard" coming Mon. PM went to a funeral in the AM where the GLBH was playing the organ. Came home anticipating doing some driveway snow plowing before it really sat in. Our electricity kept going off and on, this happened for about an hour then finally was off for good. Made a management decision, after feeling the cold in the house, to vacate to S # 2 two miles away, they had juice. Got my 4-wheel drive pickumup out of the machine shed after falling many times trying to wade through the 3'+ drifts. Came to house to let truck warm up and let GLBH know she could come out. She showed her displeasure in not taking the car. My response "ROSELLA, this is 4 wheel drive truck weather", her response, O K LYLE! She soon found out why as she sank up to her pretty butt in a snow bank and fell over. With my help she got out of the BIG drift and and made it to the truck. It took both of us to try to keep the truck on the road while bucking through snow drifts and the blinding snow. There was no room in the machine shed plus with the wind so strong would have never been able to get door open. Parked the truck in a protected area out of drifts. Took our little "drug" bag, can't go anywhere without it, and went to the safety of our loving family we hope.
Soon was dinner and after just relaxing and giving thanks for heat and electricity with the howling wind and blowing snow outside, sure hoping everyone was just staying put and not on the road. Phone rang, a pickup truck with a snow blade was stuck on the road just 800 ' from Son's house, couple of neighbor? men, everyone is your neighbor in a snowstorm, trying to come home from work in Dixon Il., as it was they had to work later that night replacing a bearing on a shaft so the next shift could start on time. Turns out that put them about 1 hour later and no daylight. I have a nylon rope and works better than a chain for pulling. Started out of yard and as soon as I got on road got stuck in a big 4' drift. 1st. clue was when I had a hard time pushing my door open to get out to shovel in front of truck, S soon realized was blowing back in as fast as we shoveled it out so decided to shovel behind where there was a bare spot. It worked, the stuck neighbor came over and I informed them they were not going anywhere that night and would stay with 3# 2 and family. Neighbor got in my truck as we tried to get off the road and back in S's yard, made it in but got stuck again and decided would leave it there and walked to the house.
Spent rest of night getting acquainted with neighbors and eating. Did all the right things, called their family's, County police, and Highway Dept. informing of exact location off the road, that's why they were stuck, and safe inside at S's house for the night. S and DIL kept busy find sleeping arrangements and blankets for the now doubling of the size of their family. I slept in S's big LazyBoy chair and GLBH on the couch, two new friends in a upstairs spare bed. Bill started out trying to sleep in a chair up there but couldn't fall asleep so decided his buddy Jeff didn't look too bad after all so crawled in bed with him.
They slept late but the GK's woke up early, were still excited about having G and G their all night. They wanted to watch the Pickers and Pawn shop I think it's called? They are 10 and 7 and hooked on it. Do I see antiques in their future?
Ate oatmeal and much coffee for breakfast and made phone calls to see it County and or Township road crews were out our how soon they could clear a path. Township shed is right across road from S and told us he wasn't going out with the grader! It wasn't 5 minutes we saw him pulling the grader out of the shed. Because he had refused to help pull out the truck, 100' away one new found neighbor called his Dad and he brought his 4-wheel loader tractor and pulled the truck out and made a path for Bill to go home about 3 miles. Came back and picked up his S Jeff to take him home. I want to say there were at least 4 REAL thankful people for the hospitality!
After early lunch S an I spent the next hour trying to get my pickup freed from all the snow around it, I was real thankful it even started with all the snow blowing through the front grill.
County made one pass on road so at least one path with a truck could make it. spent rest of day pushing snow, plowing out driveways where I could and nephew , after we dug out the tractor with snow blower, blew out the spots I couldn't do.
There are many HERO'S and GOOD Samaritan's from a storm like this
A Casey employ, trying to get home got stranded 1 mile from us, at least 3 or 4 other neighbors tried to get her before only getting stuck themself when one made it back home some 4 miles and came with his snowmobile and rescued her.
Another single mother of 3 girls answered a knock at her door at 3 AM. Found a Direct T V repairman who made it to her house. He was from Polo Il. and had been sent to Aurora Ill. to work that day. Spent the rest of the night on the couch. I think she should get FREE Direct T V for life.
It does one's heart feel good to know that neighbors " are important"!
Thanks go out to Jeff and Khristy, Matt, and Kathy, and many more, they showed what the Good Samaritan was talking about!