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Monday, January 10, 2011

Snow in Ooltewah

As pretty much all of you know, I moved here to Ooltewah, TN 4 years ago from Massachusetts, delighted by the warm weather and lack of snowfall. We have a few little inch or two storms from time to time and I have stayed inside and laughed at everyone going berserk because there was snow! And I mean beserk. Even when there's a flurry. They close the schools almost immediately and if there is enough snow to pick up in your hand, they will all build snowmen. Itty Bitty Snowmen.

But, last night and this morning 7 inches fell. It was like it was manna from heaven and everyone had to get out and get theirs. It was a sight to see, everyone outside with cameras on our normally quiet little street at the end of the subdivision. On TV, all network programming was preempted as they said the same thing over and over, how this was the most snow since 1993 and they showed camera shots of various highways and downtown. Today we had no mail delivery, despite the USPS claim, schools of course were closed early last night before the snow even started. The grocery stores were even closed. It was crazy!

Now, to put things in perspective, Chattanooga is a city of about 170,000 and is about 143 square miles. They have 11 snow plows. We live outside the city limits in the county and I have no idea if they even have a plow. The website for the county DPW says that they are responsible for clearing the streets but they depend on the citizens to call in and let them know if they need someone to plow, since so many subdivisions have private plow contracts they don't plow unless you ask! So, we called about 3:00 this afternoon and we were the first ones to call from our subdivision, home to thousands. They said they'd put us on the list. It's now 9:30 at night and we still haven't seen a plow.

But, this morning, we were looking out the window when two labs, one black and one yellow, came frollicking by our dining room window, snouts down, plowing through the snow giving Maggie quite a scare. We looked across the street and the man who lives there and his wife were out in their front yard taking photos, which everyone does when it snows here. But it was really funny because he got on his knees like Tim Conway does when he's doing that character Dorf. With his hands in the air and his knees in the snow, I guess he was trying to make it look like it was up to his knees. It was quite funny.

So outside Ed and I went out for a walk, camera in hand, and met up with our good friends Kathie and Ron who live next door, lots of folks we'd never met were out there, a few we had met and lots of dogs and kids. They were all sliding and sledding down the streets, which are all very steep hills. This is Tennessee so there were lots of 4 wheelers out there, too.

This was where it was all happening, the steepest street.

My friend Kathie in the foreground. Someone's 4 wheelie thingie in the back ground.

That's Ed on the left in jeans with a Pats jacket, and our friend Ron is next to him. On the far right is Rick, another neighbor who we know and Victoria who we just met today. I have no idea what the dogs' names are.

More sledders on their way to the steepest hill.
 We had a lot of fun chatting for a while, and then Ed and I continued our walk.  Then another neighbor drove up with his 4 wheeler and he was towing a large rubber raft behind it with his friend on it. He stopped and told us to get on for a ride. So, one lady we just met and Ed both jumped on and they went off on a tour of the neighborhood.

I don't know who the guy waving is. But he was friendly. That's Ed with the 'toboggan' on his head. That's what they call stocking caps here. Isn't that weird?

And there they go!

They were gone quite a while and I found out that they had to stop and help dig someone out who had gotten their car stuck in their driveway. He had a blast. I have to admit, the excitement was contageous and it was really kind of fun out there.  

Later this afternoon, Ed took a drive around the neighborhood and he was able to get down off the hill and back up again. It took him a long time as he had to go very slow just to get through the bunches of sledding people and various all terain vehicles. So it was a relief to know that if we have to we can get out. They cancelled school for tomorrow this afternoon and I don't know if we will be able to get to the store or if they'll even have them open. I hope so, though, because Maggie's almost out of kitty litter and that makes her cranky and me crazy. 

Yes, it's inconvenient, but it is kind of pretty, too. 
Home sweet home.

Have a great day.


  1. Hi Suzanne,
    You have a real talent for writing. Love to read your blog. Please keep sending.

    Bob Bailey

  2. All the people on the street make it look like a ski resort. What a great way to meet your neighbors! And to be pulled off on a raft by a 4 wheeler. Was it k-ster????

    When I was at Vanderbilt, we had a lot more snow than I bargained for and everyone insisted that I must be kidding because it doesn't snow in Tennessee! See, even southern Tennessee sees snow!

    Holding my breath for my own snow day tomorrow.


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