PHOTO BY (LARRY STEAGALL | KITSAP SUN
I know I did. Kinda.
Last Monday I started a new job which was also the day of our
Kitsap SNOWAPALOOZA. I drive my husband and daughter to there bus
stops ( as we live in the woods now and both bus stops are too far
to walk) lucky me!
At 6:10 it was cold and clear and very dark.
At 7:10 my daughter sais” It is snowing” I say “no it is not”
with mom attitude to ward of the ” Can I stay home?” questions from
my sweet 14 year old (Emily).
9 something AM. I hear the cat door opening and closing and my
dog Bo keeps running up to me back and forth snorting and prancing
around, I am like what is your problem? He is getting in and
out the cat door. Not realizing the baby gate is off the back steps
for some unknown reason and he could of taken off running down the
street (which he usually does) but amazingly he didn’t!
I guess he was trying to tell me IT IS SNOWING MOMMY!?
Being a Husky/Sheppard mix this of course would cause him to run to
around like a crazy maniac- kinda like his tail is on fire or
something (as he as only seen snow in 2008) so it has been
As he is running around the house like a maniac, ( I still do
not realize the baby gate is down) and then…quick break from
emailing people ( I am trying to feel professional) I get up to get
a cup of coffee, and I look out the kitchen window and there
is Bella ( white Sheppard/Husky) loose in the snow in the backyard
and it IS SNOWING!
Big, big SNOW! Like it used to snow when I lived in
upstate N.Y. I am thinking I should be tougher than
this, but this storm had all the makings for a real disaster. Ice,
Wind and freezing temperatures in a area that does not have the
same kind of snow response that eastern climates have. Then on top
of that you have the inexperienced snow drivers..more on that later
But you can all buy a snow brush here, K? colors may vary.
I mean really…this is one of the main reasons why I moved from
upstate N.Y. I like the rain, mmm the snow?? NOT so much!
Then Bella (white dog..blends in with the snow) spots me looking
at her and she hauls tail around the house and down the street. I
get my keys, run to the car and drive down the street, the minute
she sees me she hops in the car, like “OH, sorry.. I was just
kiddin Mom”. By this time I am soaked and cold.
Fast forward… of course I then have to sit for the high
school bus (which is an hour late) thankfully they drove slow for
safety. My daughter is giddy. We are not gonna have school
tomorrow! Ya think? A ten minute drive at this point takes me 20
The the real fun begins. I went to wait for the worker bus..sat
there for almost five hours in the snow. I had the pleasure of
seeing electric poles explode and trees fall around me and the
white outs from hell. Nevermind that my husband is stuck on a bus
on an off-ramp K? People were nice that passed me and almost
everyone stopped to make sure I was O.K. Finally, about 9:15 pm a
neighbors car rolls up with my husband. A tree was covering
Clear Creek road and the bus couldn’t pass it so they drove under
Mind you, we have had no power for most of the day, so my
Internet and phone are down. Nice way to start a new job.
With all of the drama I have forgotten to eat.
Luckily, I had a pound of hamburger thawed in the refrigerator.
We are cold and hungry at this point, so my husband started the
wood stove and made it roar so
we could cook dinner on it.We bickered about what we were gonna
have for our creative meal. I wanted something we could all eat and
he wanted to cook separate things. I won of course and while eating
it I am thinking that this is the best meal I have ever had! Guess
I was desperate, but it was really good.
Lisa’s No Power Wood Stove Hamburger Recipe
1 pound of Hamburger
Half a bag of Egg Noodles
2 Cans of Mushroom Soup
1 can of Mixed Vegetables
Half a pkg. Cream Cheese
Fry hamburger on skillet. Heat up Mushroom Soup in large sauce
pan. When the soup is hotter than hot get your pot holders out. Add
noodles ( the hot soup will soften them) Add fried Hamburger
meat. Use candle to make sure hamburger meat is done with no red
parts…then add cream cheese, mixed veggies and season to taste.
Feeds 4-5 People. Did you eat anything weird during Kitsap
Martha eat your heart out. Enjoy!
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