4 hours makes a world of difference

When I attended college in Joplin, MO back in the 70’s, I recall one snow storm that surprised me due to Joplin being in southern Missouri.  Everything shut down.  It was an impressive amount of snow but nothing like we had in Iowa.  

For 30 years, we lived in the country in Central Iowa.  We drove on 4 to 5 miles on gravel just to get to a hard surface…nearly every winter we had copious amounts of snow with high winds that completely shut the road down.  I worked for 911 and occasionally a deputy would have to pick me up in a 4 wheel drive because I couldn’t get my car out.


That’s what it looks like having the road drifted shut!


I hated it!  Perhaps had I worked at a job that wasn’t emergency services that only 9 people in the county were trained to do, I wouldn’t have stressed out about it.  I always worried about mom and dad (lived next door) having a health emergency or the house catching on fire…I worried because it happened the first year my folks lived out by us…the rural fire department had to push the fire truck out of the ditch 2 or 3 times to get to us!  By that time, He had already made it into the attic and we handed water up to him.

SO we move south of Kansas City and woke up to this picture this morning.


SChools were closed and evening church activities were cancelled for tonight.

Give me 6 months and I’ll be sure to waaaaaa about the heat…although summer here doesn’t seem much worse than the corn loving heat and humidity that I’m used to.

Until next time….

4 thoughts on “4 hours makes a world of difference

  1. lol. It is amusing when a town shuts down for a couple of inches. But then again, if those ppl don’t have snow tires, stay outa their way. I grew up with so many road warnings. My dad had the same job my husband does now. Forman on DOT. So I was always a little paranoid when it came to winter roads and then the hubs was fire chief and ambulance driver, that didn’t help. I can relate. I’m sure your job made you so much more aware of what the average person thinks about. I really can’t imagine how stressful of a job that had to be!

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  2. It’s nice to be somewhere you are not buried in snow. Someone else always has it worse. In the U.P. and Montana, I’ve seen road poles with the dots that had tall extensions attached to them (making the poles seven or eight feet high) for all those totally predictable times when they will be routinely buried.
    The upside is that the colder it is now, the more mosquito larvae will die and make for a nicer summer. It could always be worse. Ugh.

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