On Friday, Jan. 22nd, I didn’t hear Bill’s alarm but I did hear the ‘pop’ of his text around 6:15. Billy was driving from Listowel (coming from the southwest) and had asked Bill to let him know what the day looked like here for travel. They went back and forth a bit and Mike, their boss, suggested that they wait until closer to 8:30 to see if roads improved and what the weather turned into. No point in driving in the dark, although Bill admitted to liking that scenario better because of headlights in your face.
Here I go again. I checked the radar on my phone and saw that between 7 and 9:30 we weren’t looking to get much snow, if any, so thought it might be best if I could get out on the road by 7:30 and be back around 10:30. That was the plan. Bill said he’d go with me IF their day got cancelled. Then, we decided to both leave at the same time as far as Hanover, I could follow him and he could carry on to work if he got the word to head to Neustadt. We went downstairs all prepared and he cleaned the vehicles off while I made my thermos of coffee.
|I was happy he'd be safe driving on this wintry day|
With the wind howling in between the buildings in town, we knew the highway 'could' have poor visibility in spots across Bruce County Rd 3 especially. Hmmm. After Ptooties was cleaned off, I thought there was no point in taking the risk and Bill agreed that I should stay put today. He finished outside by cleaning Black Beauty off and came inside to wait for Mike’s decision. He could have done some one-man stuff at the house on his own but why go if he doesn't have to?
Billy texted at 8:30 and they all headed out. Bill took Ptooties, with her 4 snow tires. It was snowing here, just light near-invisible flakes and the road and sidewalk plows had been through many times since 6:30. I felt relief from the decision but then self-doubt when the snow didn’t come at 9:30, nor 10:30. I wasn’t feeling bad about not going, I’d texted Jamie to let him know, but I probably would've been fine. He understood perfectly about my plan to stay home.
|This is what I saw when I texted Bill|
I read for awhile upstairs and then around 10 went downstairs to work on the puzzle. Wes and Susan were in the garage making wax logs for the fireplace. Same idea as my little fire starters just on a larger scale. I have nice memories of making mine with Pat, Rose and Suzie on a hot summer afternoon at the Ridge. They watched and kept me company. 😀 After a bit, the garage became quite hazy with smoke but Susan kept it at bay by opening the door periodically. I made progress and at 11:45 went into the kitchen to make lunch. Today, noodle soup and a clementine.
By that time, the snow was coming down in droves. We were in the middle of the snowsquall and I started to worry about Bill. Of course I'm going to worry! It was noon hour so I texted him with my concerns, sending him pictures of how bad it was here. They'd decided to stay working for another couple of hours and then call it a day. That is probably a better decision anyway, than driving in this. He had a reliable vehicle at least.
By then, according to the radar, the snow should have dissipated. Famous last words, ‘should’. He says he will be fine and I will be ‘finer’ when he is back at home. 😊 I went back and did some more puzzling, managing to get Betty Boops eyes, then face finished. I know once I get the easy things done, it will be the hard background that is left. Working myself up for the challenge! Unfortunately, I have discovered that one piece is missing but will do a thorough check around the table when I finish. Because Susan wants this in a frame, I hope I can find it.
I walked to the post office to get the mail and when I returned, rather than going for a walk, I shoveled their walkway from the garage door around to the front sidewalk. It is light snow but I sure worked up a good heart rate and a sweat! I haven’t shoveled in a while and I don’t miss it one iota! I didn’t mind helping out and since the snow had stopped, thought it a good time to do it. Then from inside, I watched for Bill who was on his way from Neustadt.
It was around 2:30 when he backed Ptooties in. Good thing he didn’t have the truck with all the snow in the lane. She barreled through it like nothing. 😉 We each had a snooze upstairs; I managed to drop off this time for 30 minutes. When I got up, it was 4 and Marty had his sign lit up across the street. Yay! I was prepared to walk over with my order, getting through on the phone has been frustrating, but I took a chance and called. First time and she answered. Bonus! I placed our pick up order for 6.
At 5 minutes before the hour I walked over to get our supper. Quesadilla w/chicken for me and 1 pc. fish and chips for Bill. Susan informed me that the new owners are keeping the menu the same and opening from Wed. to Sun. when they take over Feb. 4th. I chatted with Marty for the first time tonight, he's usually busy cooking. Seems happy to be retiring after 17 years. That’s great, we’ll give the new owners a try after one more meal next Friday from Marty.
|Literally a hop, skip and a jump to his front door|
When I stepped outside, I was in the middle of a blizzard and was grateful for the short walk across the street. I thought they would have a slow night because of the weather but he told me they had 25 pick up orders being prepped in the kitchen. Wow!
Supper was great and I saved some quesadilla for tomorrow. It will be a leftover meal along with other things in the fridge. We’re in for the weekend, no need now to worry about how much snow falls between now and Monday. A winter weekend by the sound of it. This was a nice quiet day here in the neighbourhood.
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