Well, it’s been weird. It started snowing last week and so far the greater Lake Tahoe area has seen the largest snowfall in 51 years. Interstate 80 was closed for 5 (five), yes FIVE, days. Never in my life have I seen that. It opened last night and is now about to close because all the tourists decided to drive up in what might the worst driving conditions possible and are crashing everywhere threatening to block the freeway again.
For those who don’t know, here in Reno I-80 is our major artery for everything from food to gas to cat food. When I-80 closes we don’t get stuff. Most of our food and gas comes from California to the west, but luckily for us a lot of stuff comes from the east, routed through places like Salt Lake City. Yesterday Heather and I decided to venture out to the grocery store for the first time in a week hoping we could get some bananas, fresh veggies and some eggs.
Yup, the stores are all out of that stuff. The good new was that there still was a health supply of frozen pizza, boxes of popcorn and bottles of distilled water. Oh, and cat food. We got cat food.
My message to all who want to travel here right now: Don’t. But if you ignore that, bring your own popcorn, we’re out.
Yesterday I did have to shovel the driveway in order to get the car out. That was fun. Here’s what it looked like when I was done:
The Christmas decorations now have added snow:
I wouldn’t have minded shoveling the driveway if we’d managed to at least get eggs, but it now seems like a hollow, eggless, effort to have cleared all that snow.
To pass the time we did build a few Lego things to go around the Christmas Tree and sorted out our Lego bins. Last time we let the grandkids use OUR (not their) Lego they managed to get red bricks in with the gray, door parts in the wheel boxes and people parts just about everywhere. They’re now banded from using our Lego until they learn to sort properly.
Here’s what’s under the tree:
The Lego collection lives in these boxes:
On a final note, our 17 and 19 year old grandsons did buy me this really cool Lego train:
Next I’m going to build a display cabinet for it.
Well, as soon as the snow stops and I shovel a path to my shed …