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I'm sure some of you have heard that here in the St. Louis area, we are going to get some snow.  I just drove in it as it has begun.  It is pretty intense and includes freezing rain in some locations as well as sleet.  Right now, I can not see the woods behind my house.  We are supposed to get 8 to 10 inches at my house but I just heard one weather person say that the models are changing and this might escalate to become one of the top 5 snow storms on record for us.  From that meteorologist's model, my house will get 18 inches.  We are stocked up with food but we have a total electrical house.  So, if the power goes out, it might get dicey.  As I have mentioned, when we built, we with with geothermal and built our house to not use fossil fuels.  We might regret that.  LOL  BTW, our largest power bill ever was $120 and our normal bill is somewhere around $85-$90 per month.  

The wife and I both have 4x4s so we are good to go on the roads.  I drive a Jeep Grand Cherokee and the wife has a 4x4 truck.  The kid drives a new Jeep Cherokee 4x4.  I hope, if some of you are being affected, that you all hunker down and ride this one out.  I have a feeling that we are going to get the real deal with the way this is starting.  

(Again, it is bizarre watching how think that snow fall is right now.)

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Good luck to you Coach.  We got about a foot in December last year.  Round my way, we trapped in the house for about 4 days.

After crashing the car, I took the opportunity to get a 4x4 Jeep, which I drove through snow and ice in Kentucky.  

Hope it goes well for you.
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Good luck to you Coach.  We got about a foot in December last year.  Round my way, we trapped in the house for about 4 days.

After crashing the car, I took the opportunity to get a 4x4 Jeep, which I drove through snow and ice in Kentucky.  

Hope it goes well for you.


Mike, I think I told you before, I'm a Kentucky boy.  Born and raised until 6th grade when we moved up her to the hell hole called Illinois.  They are saying on the Missouri side that some areas have had 3.5 inches in under 2 hours.  I can believe that looking out my window.  

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Yipes.  I bet it will be nice though.

Down our way, we don't get a whole lotta snow.  It's always a big cause to empty the liquor stores when we do.  Of course, for me, I have to drive 12 miles to the liquor store, so I just make sure we have some propane, and tap what we have on hand.

Biggest worry for me is trees falling on the house.  Lost about 12 last year, one of which from the neighbor's property that missed our house by about 2 feet.

Make lemonade, as they say.

edit:  I'm actually installing from recovery hooks on the Jeep tomorrow afternoon.  I've got shackles and straps, and am getting a winch.  I'll be all set in case I get overconfident.

And, I can use all of that in the National Forests from Spring til Fall this year too.
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I have now cleared my driveway 4 times.  I stopped to eat, am now warming up and will clear it again somewhere around 9 or 10.  It is snowing like crazy.  I don't know if I have mentioned this before but I usually help all of the other neighbors when they do their drive.  This last time, two of my neighbors came out to help me.  I love living in Small Town USA.  BTW, there are wrecks all over the place.  Route 40 near us is almost impassable because one bridge is already tricky without the snow.  
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I was working in St. Louis in like 1993 or so, when they had one of those freak super icy snow storm come in on a Friday close to a holiday.  Snow started about 11am.  Instantly formed a sheet of ice about 1.5 inches thick on the road surface and then the snow piled on top of that. 

By noon, the entire town could not move.  4 WD did nothing.   Traffic everywhere.  I just stayed and worked, figuring that was better than sitting in my pahtfinder.  Waited until about 1am and drove home.  Was still slick as could be, but the crews had pulled most of the cars to the side and there was a path at least wide enough to make it home.

Stay safe.  Get a kerosene heater, some kerosene and carbon monoxide detector, or a genset with enough to run your loop pump.   One of these days you may need it.

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I was working in St. Louis in like 1993 or so, when they had one of those freak super icy snow storm come in on a Friday close to a holiday.  Snow started about 11am.  Instantly formed a sheet of ice about 1.5 inches thick on the road surface and then the snow piled on top of that. 

By noon, the entire town could not move.  4 WD did nothing.   Traffic everywhere.  I just stayed and worked, figuring that was better than sitting in my pahtfinder.  Waited until about 1am and drove home.  Was still slick as could be, but the crews had pulled most of the cars to the side and there was a path at least wide enough to make it home.

Stay safe.  Get a kerosene heater, some kerosene and carbon monoxide detector, or a genset with enough to run your loop pump.   One of these days you may need it.


When we built our house, we had planned to include a huge generator as a part of our system.  Due to some constraints and the shape of our lot (pie shaped) we dropped it.  I plan to add it back but have to have a system that will run our heating system with the geothermal.  We are lucky that we have a business here in town that specializes in that.  

I remember that ice storm.  We had a couple since but that was a big one.  

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Right now at 7" for us as measured on our gauge.  We have a rain/snow gauge set up.  Just cleared the drive for the last time tonight.  Will clear it again at 6 in the morning so that the wife can go take care of the horses.  BTW, the wife brought home the shovel we use in the corn crib.  It is massive and will make my work a little easier.  At least I hope it will make it easier.  
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I wanted to post a correction. I posted that I had 7" last night. We heard that there was going to be an additional 5" where we live so I cleaned off the platform where we measure the snow. As I mentioned, we built a platform and zip tied a yardstick cut off at 24" to our rain gauge platform. The yardstick slipped. I'd say we had closer to 5" instead of the 7." Just finished some driveways. Made a huge mistake. I over layered. I am soaking wet now. I'm done now since one of the neighbors went and bought one of those HUGE snowblowers. I've never seen a snowblower that big. He can finish some of these driveways in about 6 passes. 

As most of you know, the snowplows push your entrances closed and so, be careful. That snow is seriously heavy. We usually open a small gap for our driveway. Today, the wife helped and so we opened it up all the way. The wife is getting the horses in and has promised a good breakfast. I'm hoping for pancakes and bacon. I hope those muffins sitting on our counter aren't what she plans. LOL

BTW, we have broken the January record for snow and some places southwest of St. Louis but in the St. Louis area have had 24" of snow.  I'd say right now, we are close to 10".  We are forecast to get 5" more but it has stopped snowing for a short period of time.  

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Well brother, don't leave us hanging. 1-Is it still snowing, and 2-did the wife offer muffins as a 'good breakfast', or did she come through with the fat stack and swine strips?
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Still snowing though we have a small break just now.  I will have to clean the driveway one more time.

BIG BREAKFAST!  5 pieces of bacon.  4 pancakes.  Blueberries!  I am sore and the hip area does not feel good.  Still, it felt great getting out and working.  My wife is out helping a neighbor do their drive.  I usually do this but she wanted to get a workout in.  I was soaked earlier and so, I am sitting this one out.  

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If you just had some grits Coach, life would be perfect.  Maybe you have cheese grits for lunch.  I think I may have them for dinner.
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If you just had some grits Coach, life would be perfect.  Maybe you have cheese grits for lunch.  I think I may have them for dinner.


I hardly ever eat more than a sausage biscuit for breakfast and that is at 6 in the morning most days.  I was hungry this morning after shoveling the snow.  I just now had a sandwich for lunch. (4:00) Tonight, going to have a good meal.  I do like grits but hardly ever have a chance to eat them.  

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Mike, you ever do fried grits?
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I have now cleared my driveway 4 times.  I stopped to eat, am now warming up and will clear it again somewhere around 9 or 10.  It is snowing like crazy.  I don't know if I have mentioned this before but I usually help all of the other neighbors when they do their drive.  This last time, two of my neighbors came out to help me.  I love living in Small Town USA.  BTW, there are wrecks all over the place.  Route 40 near us is almost impassable because one bridge is already tricky without the snow.  


Just found out that a friend's brother was killed on that bridge I mentioned above.  My wife has to go over it every day.  It is under construction and has been for some time.  My wife is getting the horses in and probably does not know.  She did tell me that she heard that there was a bad wreck when she went to the bank but didn't know where it happened or who was involved.  It is raining now.  The worries are now that this will all turn to ice.  Man, I didn't expect for this to happen when I told you about how dangerous that bridge is.  Oh, I didn't mention that besides having one lane open, there is a huge bump getting on and off of it.  Apparently, my friend's brother lost control and hit a car sitting waiting for the bridge to clear.  

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Coach - sorry to hear.

Kir - have had that, but never do that at home. Almost always white cheddar with some half n half. Comes out super creamy and great. I could eat that 3 meals a day, especially in the winter.
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Coach - sorry to hear.

Kir - have had that, but never do that at home. Almost always white cheddar with some half n half. Comes out super creamy and great. I could eat that 3 meals a day, especially in the winter.


One of the sayings I use around the kids when I am kidding them about giving me a hard time is that they are frying my grits!  LOL

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Pour the hot grits into a pie pan or any flat pan.  Refrigerate overnight to set and gel.  Next morning,
Cut into 1" x 4" pieces or any size manageable. Season to taste, coat with flour.  Fry with oil of preference to a golden brown. 

I like them with pancake syrup. I like them with bacon. I like them.  They are a Christmas morning tradition for 35+ years, eaten them for 50 years.  Don't eat them too often to make them still a treat.

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Believe it or not, it is snowing.  I think we may get one more inch.  The problem now is that my area has freezing drizzle in the forecast.  This has been a decent storm.  It is good to have winter again.  
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Been raining for 2 days here, and 36 degrees.  We had 4 days of this a few weeks ago.

This kind of winter is the worst.

OTH, we had about 4 days of 50/35 and sunny, and we have a few of those coming up this week too.  Now that is the perfect kind of winter.
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