I have very fond memories from when I was a child. Waking up to
Santa�s presents. Having my grandparents come for Christmas
dinner. My sister and I would always put our presents out on our
bed for everyone to see. One grandmother decorated her packages
with gum sticks and hard candies. Oh, what fun for a kid. We
usually had Christmas dinner at our house. My dad�s parents had
three houses to visit in a 30-mile area. They always came by to
see what we received.
This year was an interesting Christmas. We live too far away from
my parents to visit for the holidays (850 miles) and his brothers
usually have a houseful with their children and grandchildren. Now,
we live in the "boonies". So, this year we had a white
Christmas. The color was right at least. Usual white
Christmases are from snow. Ours was from ice. It started on
Wednesday with rain and cooler temperatures. My husband works in
Memphis. I was planning to go in to finish shopping while he
worked. Changed my mind because the drivers in Memphis are bad
normally but say something like ice or (horrors) snow flurries and you
have a disaster waiting to happen.
I worried about his driving home. Not a problem. Wednesday
morning, while we waited for the bad weather to come in, we suddenly had
no water. Husband came home early hoping it was something simple.
Nope. So in the middle of making sure everything was closed
up, dogs taken care of, etc., we had to also make sure we had enough
water and could handle things until the well service could come out
Thursday morning. Long story short, we now have a brand new
Jacuzzi. That is the brand name of the new pump in the water well.
I�m glad the well service has a large heavy truck. Our
hill is a little steep and slick when wet anyway. Don�t ask what
it is like icy.
The weather went bad. Ice on the roads. Other people got
snow. We got rain, followed by sleet followed by freezing weather.
We do not have a 4-wheel drive vehicle and we live at the end of a
gravel road, at the top of a steep hill. We ventured out once...to
go to the store and finish shopping for Christmas. That was
Christmas Eve. My husband was raised and learned to drive in
southwest Pennsylvania. No flat roads there. He got to drive us
the 22 miles to the store. Usually takes about 30 minutes. Took
us an hour. Then hurried shopping and out to get back home before
the sun started going down at 4:00. On the way back it took an
hour also but this time because we were following the gravel truck .
Then we stayed in. Company came for Christmas dinner. They
said the only real problem they ran into was their country road and our
gravel roads (it is 1-1/2 miles on two gravel roads to the paved road).
Monday I went to Memphis to do banking. It was pretty well clear
down where we live. NOT in Memphis. Icy parking lots, some
icy roads that you didn�t expect. I learned a lot about driving
on ice. It took Memphis three more days to clear up.
What is really disgusting? My family lives in South Texas. My
parents live in Harlingen, 20 miles from the southern tip of Texas.
They had a true white Christmas...1 1/2 inches of snow Christmas
morning. My sister was the winner. She lives in Corpus
Christi...they had 8" of snow on the ground Christmas morning.
Lots for snow angels, snowmen and snowball fights. It
doesn�t last down there. The ground is too warm and temperature
very seldom stays low enough to cause the ice problems we had. Maybe
I moved too far north.