Friday, February 4, 2011

Chicago Blizzard 2011

Well, we survived the Blizzard of 2011.
This was the 3rd largest snowfall in Chicago history.
Here in Arlington Heights we got 22 inches.
It was pretty scary at times,
the wind gust of 60 mph made the windows bow in and out.
The howling of the wind scared Emma big time.
The thunder snow was incredible!
The lightening lit the sky up in blue and greens.
I don't think I need to experience this again.
The roads yesterday were still only one lane in each direction.
It usually takes my husband 15 minutes to get home from work
but yesterday it took an hour and a half!

The day before the storm,
back in MI,
my daughter was driving to work...

This is what happens when a contracted snow plower
drives after being up all night.
He turned left in front of my daughter
and with all the traffic she could go no where
but into him.
He got 3 tickets!
She got a very stiff neck, body aches everywhere
and a sprained wrist.
Fortunately, her back is ok.
She has been recovering from a broken back.
Today is her first day back to work and she's scared to drive.
Can't blame her!

This is what happens in Chicagoland when you get a blizzard...

My husband was fortunate to get home before traffic got too bad.
Some were not so lucky,
thousands were stranded overnight on Lake Shore Drive in
downtown Chicago.

This is the apartment across from us.

This is outside the back door of our building.

We were fortunate that our complex did snowblow our walk
and made a one car wide path for emergencies.

So much snow to eat!

Right in front of our apartment.
I was watching that tree blowing all night,
hoping it would stay standing!

Yes, please stop!
We don't need any more snow!
We need spring and warm weather!

Headed to Michigan to pack up part of the house
and to help my daughter and son in law clean.
He's busy working and going to school full time.
The doctor has her resting.
She's not suppose to work but
this is her first year
and wants her job next year!

Hope you all are surviving these cold winter days!



mysteryhistorymom said...

Oh my goodness! Your poor daughter! That had to have been an absolute nightmare for her. I m sure that it will take some time for her to feel good about driving again. We are getting more snow today but nothing like you! Stay cozy, dear friend! Lori

Mel said...

How devastating for your poor daughter. I'm glad to know that she wasn't hurt too badly. That much snow is just plain scarey!

Stay safe and I hope your daughter heals quickly, both mentally and physically.

April said...

Hi Kim!
I am so sorry what happened to your daughter AND to her car...thank goodness she didn't get badly hurt! I can't imagine ever getting THAT much snow...hope y'all get thawed out soon! Be safe!

Look beyond the picket fence said...

I am so sorry to hear about your daughter. That is a very sad looking card. I hope she is feeling better very soon. That must of been a very scary night. I did see a few images of stranded motorists. I hope I never find myself in that situation!
On a lighter note, I was not all that happy with the Green Craft magazine. But I am sure I will find something to make.
Take care!

Linda ★ Parker's Paradise said...

She must have been terrified! The sounds alone would have made me scream. I will definitely be praying for her, Kim. Her body must be so sore.
Are you getting things done in MI? You have a storage unit, right?
You be careful on the road! And don't get all worn out packing!

Tara Williams said...

"I Survived Chicago Blizzard of 2011" T-shirts, Caps and Bumper Stickers are selling on the internet! LOL! Talk about comic relief, these are too funny:

Trish-Ladybug said...

Sorry about your daughter and glad
she is ok..I sure can understand why she be scared to drive..I would
be too,
And all that snow..we been hearing about it on the news I have family in Mo they said the roads are still
really bad...
Keep warm and safe and your daughter heals quickly...

Warm Blessings
Hugs Trish...

Crickit said...

Kim... Wow! That is a lot of snow! I wish I could send some of our warm weather your way! :)

goldenbird said...

Thank goodness your daughter is okay. How scary. That snow storm sounds incredible. I hope it has let up and you are seeing a little sunshine.

Julies Knit and Sew Corner said...

What a horrid moment for your daughter, very scary. I am sure in time she will drive when she is ready. I have never seen so much snow, we have had some but nothing like this where I live in the Uk.
Take care now. best wishes julie.C

Look beyond the picket fence said...

Yesterday I was "blog hopping" and there was a pretty picture of a table with red tulips and babies breath in small mason jars. It was so pretty! I had to make one for our table! I bought the flowers at Trader Joe's and the jars at Michael's. I think it cost me all of $20.00! -2 that is COLD! I hope your daughter is doing better!

Randi said...

So glad your daughter is okay. What chaos from the weather! It's been weird here but nothing compared to what you've had.

I love seeing your bully out there!