Saturday, October 17, 2009

we're going through our earliest snowfall on record

I only have time for a short post. John picked up the phone a short while ago, and it was from a local county emergency official, telling us that we may have to go to a shelter at any time. And if we have to go, we may have to stay for several days. If you don't find me anywhere online, you'll know why, I may not be able to get to a computer ...

This all started with a snowfall that began three days ago. It was Thursday morning when the snow started. Friday night was a little scary, as the electricity went out. I had intended to have candles or flashlights ready, but had forgotten, and John and I stumbled around in the dark until John found candles and lit them. I didn't like to have lit candles in the house with Michael. No, I'm not talking about our son. Not a human one anyway! Michael is our Maine Coon Cat, and I was afraid he'd knock over a candle and burn himself or the house down. Finally we found places to place the candles where the cat couldn't reach and went to bed. At 2:30 we awoke to blaring lights, noises from my computer, and the TV. It was hours before I was able to fall back to sleep, but I ran and blew out the candles before I did anything else.

By Friday morning we were blessed with six inches of snow. But in Pennsylvania we are not lightweights when it comes to weather, and the roads were plowed in no time, as were the parking lots. Although it was still snowing on and off, John and I made our way down to Wal-Mart and bought three flashlights and eighteen batteries.

Light snow kept up throughout the day. We started out to see a movie, Where The Wild Things Are (okay, I'm still a big kid!), but had to turn around and come right back home, because it was snowing to heavily, and we didn't want to get in a traffic accident.

No, we don't usually have snow in October in Pennsylvania. It starts in November. This was State College's earliest snowfall on record!

This morning I awoke, and there was more flakes coming down, mostly flurries. But enough snow to put a damper on the Homecoming Parade for Penn State University. Folks had come from around the country to see this parade, as their children were in it, students who went to PSU.

As John and I sat in McDonald's this morning after the parade, eating breakfast, we heard a lot of people griping about the cold. I laughed inside, because I had left the house initially this morning without a coat! I hadn't even put on a jacket.

Sure it must have been below freezing when we left the house, or at least freezing, as it was snowing again! But I didn't find it cold today at all. But I did think better of leaving without any coat at all, as I walked away from the house, so I turned back and retrieved a jacket. "No sense getting sick," I thought, "and besides, what would I use to put my cell phone in if I didn't have the pocket?" So I grabbed my jacket and out into the snow I went with John this morning ...

So, getting back to about an hour ago, and the phone call John got from the emergency official -- John was told that there were still "thousands" without power since Friday. Those without electricity have been staying at a local shelter, John was told, and that if power were to go out again, we were to go to the shelter also. He was given the shelter name. John said thank you and hung up the phone.

John and I have spent the last hour packing. I am writing this quick entry in case you don't hear from me for a few days as I don't know if I'll have access to a computer. I also don't know if I'll be staying with family, at a hotel, or at the shelter. It will depend on if I can even get to a family member's house, the street lights will most likely be out, and driving may be rough. I suppose I can wait it out at home, I think I'd rather do that. But John is a little concerned he may catch something at home, as we won't have any heat to stay warm. Our heat is electric ...

I'm hoping that no more power lines are downed due to falling trees ladened with heavy wet snow. I just want to stay home!

Okay, I need to post this, before the electricity goes out. I was attempting to post on Friday night when I lost everything, as I lost electricity ...

love you all, krissy :)


  1. thinking of you both - take care

  2. Wow Krissy. I am stunned by your weather, snow so early as I said on Twitter. Keep safe and come back when you can.

  3. I had heard on the news that PA was getting snow but didn't realize it was so bad. Keep safe and warm!

    'On Ya'-ma

  4. Gosh, Krissy, I feel like I am in another world. We hardly got any snow, nothing significant. No problems here. I got no emergency phone call. LOL No one cares about me. LOL I hope you and John are okay. Call me when you are able and let me know you are well. If I don't pick up, leave a message. My vertigo is almost all gone... all is well in my home =). Love ya!! Hugs and kisses to John and Michael! Val, your TBADT who loves you to the moon!!! xoxoxox

  5. WOW... Hope you guys are doing ok take it slow on the roads and easy!

    - Christopher

  6. Krissy, just so glad to see an update from you and know you and John are ok dear. Knew your area got a lot of snow, keep safe and warm and touch base when you can. Take care.

  7. Hope everything is going well - I definitely would be a bit panincked being in your situation. Fingers are crossed, and hope you and your family get through this okay.

  8. Wow! So strange to think about snow. It's never snowed on the island I live on, in fact the coldest it ever gets here is about 15 celsius, which is about 60F.

    I hope everything's OK there, and that your power didn't go down.

  9. Hello Krissy!

    I wanted to let you know about an interesting cancer blog a group of cancer patients have been working on.

    A fellow tongue cancer patient was sent home to die. There was nothing more that can be done. Cancer survivors ask him life altering questions.

    Please read: Dead Man Talking

    Peace B

  10. Hi Krissy! Didnt know you posted again, so sorry for the late comment. Good to see your post!
    Guess you got through the snow.
    Take care!
    P.S- I dont always have my cell on for twitter updates.

  11. Sheesh. Snow in October??? That is crazy! I guess since I heard from you yesterday that you are okay. :)

  12. just a quick comment to let you know my old blog is closed, but i have 2 new ones. hope you've been by, if not come visit & sign in to follow. huggies...
    links are on old blog.
    if you've already been, ty!

  13. must be different over in those parts.
    I am from India and we dont have snow falls.
    nice reading your blog and narration

  14. #1- I am in New York. Please do NOT send any snow in my direction! ;)

    #2 - Every year about this time, I open up my blog and invite GUEST-POSTERS to contribute. Would you like to? Let me know, please!

  15. Dave, I would LOVE to guest post! I went to check out your link to your profile, and it says you don't have one. How shall I find your blog or a way to contact you? Please let me know ASAP as I am very interested. My email address is in the left sidebar. Thanks so much. :)

    krissy knox

  16. Hello from Romania ,
    please read the blog – My heart His words – at Humbled and convicted , my friend Tammy Nischan from Kentucky wrote them the story and some pictures of some hungryes poors kids , what we try to help them in future and especialy for Christmas .Our LORD will be so proud of us if we will do something!
    I love you blog,
    sweet blessings and MERRY CHRISTMAS!

  17. Hi Krissy and John That was an early snowfall. I am so glad that John is in remission. It must have been an ordeal having to leave for the shelter. May 8 of 2009 a storm hit S. IL and my area was without electricity for 9 days. There are still many trees uprooted in my yard I am slowly sawing down. I communicated with Val not long ago. mark/salty


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