adventures in driving

I cannot believe it’s almost the middle of February! We have been buried under a lot of snow and negative temps the past two weeks.


I know our friends in Maryland will scream CRAZY at this, but we both love this weather! The other day we had an appliance delivery and with Mick’s hand out of commission, I am the keeper of the shovel which meant, I was in charge of the ten inches on our driveway. [We notice no one shovels, they all have snow blowers or ATV’s with plows. I think everyone knows who the transplants are.] I got up at 7 am to prepare for the delivery…after about ten minutes I just wanted to curl up and sleep. I was exhausted. I checked the weather and it was -2, windchill -15. It did NOT feel that cold at all. Despite the dangerous temps, we can’t get enough. Something about the cold, the snow, the way our bodies adjust is so awesome. We enjoy shoveling, making fresh tracks and driving through it is incredible. Although, the other day we received an inch over night, however, a treacherous layer of ice was hiding under it. I merged onto the highway going about 60 and slid straight across both lanes, into the median – I started to panic and then remembered the salesman said, when sliding, go faster! I slammed my foot on the gas, slid back to the other side, fish tailed and immediately straightened out as though nothing ever happened. I had to talk myself into not fainting as I felt all color draining from my face. The remaining five miles took thirty minutes because ahead were multiple people who didn’t make it back on the highway.

Despite our love of cold weather, we so look forward to the warmer months. We can’t wait to see our new little hood in the spring/summer. Most people here hunker down for the winter, to the tune of we haven’t met a single neighbor yet. One of the reasons we bought this house, outside of it’s unique style, is we have part ownership of a 1 acre island in the river. It’s close enough that we can get to it by footbridge. We have a boat slip, there is a private beach, fire pit, and cool places to explore. We look forward to spending warm nights there, watching bud swim and investing in some kayaks.


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