We are still cleaning up from the second storm, or the continued storm, however you want to look at it. Sunday night we got probably 6"-8" of snow and then freezing rain all night and for a lot of the morning. That stuff was HEAVY to shovel. Then, without ever really stopping, Tuesday night dumped another 12'-16" of snow on us. It's not really clear exactly how much we got. Somewhere around 18" (or more) in less than 36 hours. That much snow, in that little time is problematic in a lot of ways. Most businesses are not like Joanne Fabrics, which closed for the weather (amazing!) most places tell their employees to come in or they no longer have a job. Not good. So people are forced to go out driving in dangerous conditions. And most of them forget that you can't drive like you normally do on snowy and icy roads. So there are accidents.
Yesterday when I got to work I found that not all of the parking lot had actually been plowed. That is the edge of my car, in my parking space. Next to it is a parking space half full of snow.
So much ice, and so many very tall snowbanks. Which is another issue with the snow. Even after the storms are past, and the roads are finally safe (at least the main roads, during the day) the snow banks on the street corners are so tall that is is very hard to see out into the road and see if it is safe.
Even my friends that like the snow, and there are many of them, said this was too much all at once. The sidewalks are still not cleared, the side streets are still basically sheets of ice. It's rough. And early in the season. The last few years we have not had much, if any, snow this early. I am hoping we don't have a winter like we did a few years back (maybe many years, I lost track). I don't remember the totals but it was in feet. And we really ran out of places to put it, so the city started dumping it in the river. Which was causing flooding. Not cool.
Tuesday I managed to get out and do the laundry (it was sunny for a couple of hours!) and I didn't get too much doll work done. But I got some clothes cut out in the laundromat and some chaps started. I may not be able to do much work in there for a few months. They keep the heat very low and it is very cold in there. It's hard to work on delicate things with a winter coat on and when you can't feel your hands! So maybe Tuesdays will start being a day off from doll work.
On a good note, Ludlow High School officially has a giving tree! They have sort of done this for years, just not as out in the open as this. Basically, they have people quietly say if they know someone who is in need and then people can give gift cards or money to help out these people. The tree just brings more attention to it. There are no names on the stars, but there are grades, gender and what the person is in need of. I want to take a star, or two or three. I can't afford that. So I am going to see if I can scrape together enough to make a nice holiday for at least one of the people. There is a star that says it is for a 12th grader with a 1 year old daughter. The student is in need of gift cards for clothes and food and the child needs clothes. I want to help them especially. I need to see what I can manage.