Hi Everyone! It is still snowing in Ohio....and blowing and drifting and getting colder. Brrrrr!!!! Here is a picture of Ed doing some snowblowing and Rocky following along. *smile* Our county has been under a Level 3 snow emergency all day so we have stayed close to home, of course.
Most of the area schools dismissed early yesterday. Ed does private transport for Logan-Hocking Schools and takes a 12-year-old boy to a spanish-speaking class in the Athens School District. He and his family are from Venezuela and he is learning to speak English in this particular class. He and Ed have a time! *smile* So Ed picked Richard up from school. Well, coming out of Athens and heading north, you go over this huge hill on Rt. 33. The road cuts through a hill. On the Athens side of the hill it was just raining but Ed said as they crested the hill, the valley and hills that spread out before them to the north were snow-covered and it was like a blizzard. When Richard saw it, he said, "Awwwwesome!" (His favorite english word at the present time *smile*) "Oh yeah, it's awesome alright, Richard," Ed replied to him as he drove on carefully. LOL Ed called me and told me that the roads were horrible and there were cars in the ditch and median everywhere. So when Richard saw the first wreck, he said to Ed, "Thees ees not good, Ed." *smile* Well, it normally takes Ed two hours to go get Richard and take him home. Yesterday, it took him 5 1/2 hours! So, Ed gets Richard almost home. He had to go a different route because the usual route had humongous hills on it. So he went the opposite way and sure enough, there was a hill right before you get to where Richard lives. So, Ed called Richard's dad and told him what was going on and would he be able to come get Richard. Well, Richard had to talk to his dad and let him know what was going on because his parents do not understand or speak much English yet. Ed said he couldn't believe how fast Richard talked in Spanish! Richard just laughed when Ed asked him what the heck did he just say to his dad! *smile* So a little while later, here comes Richard's dad, mom and little sister and his dad just drives downn the hill like it is summertime and goes right into the ditch at the bottom of the hill. "Thees ees not good," Richard says again. LOL Richard goes and gets his sister, brings her over and introduces her to Ed. She is three. "Thees ees my leetle seester, Ed." Ed says she is cute as a button. Just adorable. Well, Ed helped them get out of the ditch and then he turned around in the middle of the road and came home. He just loves Richard and they have such a good time together. This has been a good change of pace for Ed because normally he transports troubled teens to a counseling program in Athens and while most of the kids are okay, some of them can be a bit of a problem for Ed and it can make things a bit tense at times.
Sooooo.....I called Daniel at work and told him to please be careful on his drive home because the roads were terrible. He assured me that he would be and that he would call me when he got home. So, about two hours later, I get a phone call. It is Daniel and he says in a weak voice, "Mom, call 911. I'm in the ditch!" Well, I KNEW he was kidding! And he was. He was just pulling into his driveway. Thank you , Jesus.
It is supposed to be a beautiful day tomorrow and the snow is supposed to move off to the east, so things should return to normal in the next couple of days. Ed drove into town this afternoon, though no one is supposed to be out on the roads unless it is an emergency. *grin* He said the only place that was open was Walmart and Speedway and I believe Bob Evans. He also said that the roads were indeed very bad still today.
I hope you all are doing well wherever you are!