Thankful for Blizzard 2013

I am sure if you read a fair amount of blogs from those who reside in New England, I am sure you have probably read more than you’d like about Blizzard 2013. So while, mine is also about the storm, it has a bit of a twist on how Massachusetts did some really great things this time around.

I am sure you’ve also heard that Governor Patrick put a driving ban on the state starting at 4 pm (and was not lifted for 24 hours), you could face up to a $500 fine and a year in jail. Based on my facebook and twitter feed, people were annoyed and didn’t get it. I’m assuming these are the same people that go out and drive in the storm and get stuck and waste emergency services to get back home.

We were all home on Friday, so we got to watch the snow fall like crazy, we went to bed Friday night, thankfully still with power, and prepared to lose power overnight. Luckily, that did not happen.

We decided to take B outside and see how he felt about the snow, and also clear off the steps from the driveway to the front door, luckily we have a plow guy for our driveway.

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This was right outside our garage door.

What we didn’t know was that our plow guy had already come once, at about 3 am. Crazy. B did not like being in the snow, so we went back inside to snuggle and watch movies while Nick shoveled.

We spent the rest of the day hanging out, baking, and waiting for our street to get plowed. Luckily that happened around 4 pm and our plow guy came back for a second round at about 7 pm.

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Bobcat with a plow

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Our driveway pile

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Front & side of the house

Unfortunately, I got a call from my dad on Saturday (during the ban) that my grandmother had a heart attack on Friday night. So many things had to happen in order for her to survive. This storm alone forced her to go to my aunt and uncles so she wouldn’t be home alone. My uncle knew the symptoms she was experiencing were that of a heart attack. Since no one was allowed on the roads, a plow truck showed up with an ambulance at my aunt and uncles and essentially cleared a path straight to the hospital.

I spent a lot of time at the hospital yesterday with her, and I am very thankful that all these things fell in place so that she could still be with us. This is just a reminder that near and far, family and friends that are like family are super important and we should make time for the ones we love.

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Love my family.