Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Clearing Snow After the Blizzard

This morning, at 4:45, Louie drove around the block to see if he could get us out and down to work. He had no problems. Work was cancelled for us, but at 7 am, when Louie tried to go to work himself, it was a whole different story. He had a hard time getting out of the end of the driveway, then he was stuck in the street at the end of the driveway. Once he got himself out there, he got stuck several more times before he finally got to the main road. He drove out Main Street and out the highway, but when he got to where he was to turn into work, the entrance was blocked, the lot was fully drifted, and snow was up against the building halfway up the service bay doors. He called me, then came home, but not before he called everyone and told them to stay put. He worked about 3 hours on the driveway to get it cleared. He was just about done with the rough clean when the city plow came past, and left a wall of snow ‘Louie chest high’. He came in for a break for about an hour then went back out to finish the job.

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While Louie was cleaning our driveway, our neighbor Joe helped Louie  clean the end of the driveway.

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Louie then helped our neighbor Paul, across the street clean snow up against his garage when the tractor couldn’t get close enough to….

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…and then Louie helped our neighbor Amy.  He also saved a ‘little life’. He said when he went back out to work on the wall of snow at the end of the driveway, he saw something flopping in the snow. He thought it was a leaf. He said he was not sure why he reached for the leaf to free it before he continued to plow, but he did. As he brushed the snow away to free the ‘leaf’, the ‘leaf’ shot out of the snow, scaring him, and flew away. It wasn’t a leaf. Instead, it was a bird. He thinks that when the city truck came by, the bird was down on the ground, and the snowplow caught it, throwing it in the snow. Louie came in the house for an hour before he went back out, so the bird was trapped in the snow for an hour. I think the bird must have been praying very hard to be rescued, because God answered his prayers and he flew to safety. That really touched Louie’s heart. He told me about how you can ‘find God’ just about everywhere, and today was no exception.

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Sure looks a lot different, doesn’t it?

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Have a great rest of the week, and I hope the rest of you who got snow, are now plowed out.

Be blessed, and stay warm!




Amelia said...

What a story about the bird...Louie earned a jewel in his heavenly crown for the rescue....then more jewels for helping the neighbors.

We have had snow here too...Leon shovel some today...enough for us to get out tomorrow..that is if the appointments are still on.

Stay warm and dry.

Amy said...

How nice of Louis to help the neighbors.God knew that bird needed help and Louis was the tool!
Stay warm. we only got 3 inches of snow but some below 0 weather here in Colorado.

Hazel said...

What a day you guys have had ,it warms my heart to see those with snowblowers go around the neighborhood to help others .Bless his heart he must have been very cold by time he came in .
DH got home an hour late but safe the city is so good most of our roads have been cleared ,thank god it's over ,sun tomorrow then more snow nothing like we got today maybe a inch or two .

Andrea said...

This is insane! oh my gosh, you must be so tired of all that snow! I hope it warms up for you...not too quickly, as that will = flooding. Spring is just around the corner!

StitchinByTheLake said...

I love your story about the bird. Sometimes I feel like God has to reach down and pluck me right out of a snowbank too! blessings, marlene

Tamera said...

It's not just a's an adventure!

Val said...

Louie is a good neighbor and the story about that little bird was so touching. It reminds me of us when we have lost our way just flapping our wings and that big hand comes down and picks us up. I hope you stay safe and warm. It looks so cold there.

Amy, a redeemed sheep said...

I have no idea what happened, but in the last hour over 200 RSS feeds from the blogs I read, all came thorough at once. 3 or 4 days worth! Yikes! I feel like my inbox had a blizzard. =)


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