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By Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado
Friday, February 13, 2004

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The Sanduskys are stranded by over two feet of snow. All of them are home, safe and sound in their warm, cozy house while the storm continues to rage unabated outside.

We are still under a blizzard warning today, two days later. The blizzard continues to rage, unabated, outside.

We have already, according to the weather and tv reports covering the storm, gotten 2 1/2' of snow; and as much as 2 more feet can fall by this time tomorrow before the storm finally eases eastward. All businesses and schools are closed, and I am stranded at home. I was supposed to work at the hospital today, but I can't get out of my driveway, due to all the snow covering it. Of course, the kids want to go out in it, but I tell them to wait until the storm passes; it is too cold and too frigid out, and I do not want them to risk getting lost in the middle of the howling blizzard. Weather conditions are, at best, pretty awful: the winds are still howling over 50 miles per hour from the north, the snow is still piling up fast, and it is snowing so hard, one can hardly see across the street, due to the viciously strong winds.

The kids are trying to amuse themselves by playing with their toys, doing homework that was supposed to have been done a few days past, sleeping, or complaining that they are bored, and that there is nothing to do. Of course, they are upset because today was to have been their Valentine's Day festivities at their respective schools, and now they won't get to exchange Valentine's Day cards or eat cake or cookies for snacks. I tell them that we can have our own Valentine's Day party here at the house; but somehow, they aren't convinced.

Ronee' continues to be in pain from the storm; she is still huddled on the couch, wrapped up in a blanket, and she looks downright miserable. The snow is playing havoc with her arthritis-riddled joints, and she is very uncomfortable. Still, she does try to watch the tv, as a way to keep her mind off her aching body. She only gets up to use the bathroom, and when she does, one has to help her because it is such a painful struggle as she tries to take the few short trips to the restroom on her crutches. (Her knee, which was replaced last summer, no longer gives her any trouble, thank goodness; but her hands, fingers, ankles, feet, and her hips still do. This is why she is having so much pain and problems with her walking.)

Johnny, meanwhile, is all over his seizure; and he is busy holed up in his room playing with his remote-control HUMMER; I can hear the noise of the car and the occasional bleat of the car horn from down the hall. Johnny is playing with his brothers, Jeraldo, and Roberto, and from the sounds of their laughter, they must be playing some "accident game"; they are making their cars crash into each other, into the dresser, into the wheelchairs, and into the walls. I tell them to keep the noise down, but to no avail. Guess I am going to have to do some motherly intervention soon before they destroy their room, let alone, the HOUSE!

Bill is in the kitchen, cooking up two pots of fresh, Mexican-style chili that will be guaranteed to warm up chilly bodies on this blizzardy, stormy day. I can hear his off-key singing as he tries to sing a Mexican-style song he heard on a commercial ad, and it makes me laugh.

As I listen to the children and to my musically "gifted" husband, I look out the window, at the still blowing snow and the desolate scene of no activity, and I am at once chilled. I only hope that the blizzard stops by this time tomorrow, or we will be stranded in our house until Tuesday, at the very earliest. Oh, the plows have been coming every hour, but it isn't long before their evidence is quickly covered up by the ever-blowing wind and the heavy snow that contiues to fall. The trees are bent low with the weight of the snow, and it makes for a very frosty, chilly winter scene. I only hope that none of the children unexpectedly fall sick or need an ambulance because ambulances or any other emergency vehicles would have a very difficult time trying to reach our house; and by the time they would get to our house, it just may be too late. I try not to think about such scenerios, but I can't help it. This is something that is hard NOT to think about when one has children who have special needs or medical conditions, where things can go wrong in a flash.

(To be continued.)

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Reviewed by Lisa Vetrone 3/22/2012
I love to read and write about snow. There is something magical about it to me. Great writing!
Reviewed by Michelle Kidwell Power In The Pen 2/16/2004
Makes me cold just thinking about it...And here I am complaining about Californias rain LOL.
God Bless
Reviewed by Ed Matlack 2/13/2004
So cool, Karen, I love stories like that, I love to be stuck in something like that, even in this beast of a cold motor home, but it is fun to think about it. A few years ago we got hit with that type of storm in NJ, 96' I think, anyway, I had my jeep and brought medical folks into then home from the local hospitals, we were the only ones on the road, doctors & nurses being transported by what they called good samaratans, what the hell is a good samaratan, I was having fun driving around in the snow, LOL! Enjoyed no end, thanks, Ed & Rufuz
Reviewed by Rebekah Rosie Lang 2/13/2004
You keep me in suspense!
I do not know if you have snow yet but it is still clear here in Denton county at the moment. We are right by Tarrant County. In the corner.
Excellent story!
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 2/13/2004
Very nicely done Karen!!

Love Tinka
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 2/13/2004

bad weather can draw families closer together...until they get bored, that is...then they want to kill each other! LOL

thanks for the memory jog--i remember our family adventures during blizzards. :) great nostalgic write (at least, it was for me)

(((HUGS))) and much love, karla. :)

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