Benjamin BaerWell, we survived our first “winter storm” … at least, that’s what they were calling it (having experienced hurricanes in Florida, I don’t think this past week’s weather is worthy of the title storm). Where we live, we got about 3.5 inches of snow Tuesday. I will admit, being from Texas and Florida, 3.5 inches is a lot of snow. A matter of fact, on Friday Central Texas received a centimeter of snow/ice and the entire city shut down. Literally, the entire city shut down (FYI, if you google “snowpocalypse in Austin” you’ll find some pretty hilarious stuff) and if we still lived there, I’m sure we would have hunkered down in the house and stayed put all day. But the 3.5 inches of snow here has had little to no effect on our everyday lives, we still managed to get to and from work each day without issues. And yes, they definitely are more prepared for this type of weather in Virginia than Texas, and they treat most of the roads and such. Key word there being “most,” we live out in the sticks, and I can assure you most of our roads were not treated, and yet, we survived on them just fine. We were, of course, extra cautious and drove slower than usual, but we made it without any issues. It’s funny how quickly you can adapt when you don’t have much of a choice. I mean, I wasn’t about to miss work because there was snow on the ground. 

There’s still a lot of snow on the ground, as we didn’t make it out of the 20s until this weekend, when we finally made it to the 30s. But as I mentioned, the snow hasn’t been the issue, that’s not the case for the temperature. We knew winter would be cold in Virginia, it’s January, it’s supposed to be, but I was not expecting to wake up on mornings and it be 5 degrees, as it has been nearly every morning this week. I thought temps like that were reserved for the Northeast. I used to say, “It doesn’t matter if it’s 5 degrees or 32 degrees, if it’s freezing, it’s freezing.” Well, I stand corrected, there is a really big difference between 5 and 30 degrees, heck, there is a difference between 5 and 20 degrees!

Probably the biggest issue has been getting the dogs to use the bathroom. Our dogs seem to think they’re too good to put their feet in the snow.

View from our backporch during the  

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