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December 17, 2013

Recent snow brings back memories of '78

The recent snow storm brought back memories of the grand old storm of the 1978 Blizzard. And yes there was a huge difference. I have pictures of snow drifts along 3 north of my home that are higher than the car in the picture. There were semi trailers that were actually covered up by the snow and caused all kinds of problems to those attempting to clear the roads to traffic. I live right on 3 and had absolutely no traffic for three days, no nothing…no trucks or cars or people. I think this was no doubt one of the first times that everyone radios, TV, all media warned that this could be a dinger, and it was. Power was out for many in the county. We were out for three days and by the time they got it back on I was ready for it too.

We slept and pretty well stayed by and cooked in our wood fireplace. At no time did the temperature get below 60 in the house which I felt was an accomplishment. I had a long line of wood across the drive from the garage so every morning I would go out and bring in a days supply of wood. We had no idea how long the power would be out, but I knew we could survive with the wood we had chopped for the winter.

I would stack the wood in the garage to allow it to dry out a little before being used. Patty cooked in the fire place and we had the prettiest, most delicious chicken and dumplings she ever made those three days we cooked the hard way. Things were so bad we could not get out and about or far from the house. I never did make it to 3 until we got the drive plowed out. A lot of people bought snow plows after that blizzard and a lot of snowmobiles were purchased too.

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