Trapped on 5 snowy acres in Monroe, WA since Wednesday last week, my husband, 8 year old son, and I tried various ways to keep our sanity. This is due to the 18" plus of snow and the lack of a 4-wheel drive vehicle, but we are very thankful for our power, water, cable and the internet!
Our temporary insanity was at bay for a little while last Saturday when our friends delivered some groceries and fresh hot pizza. We are so lucky to have good friends. Just to see other adults and have their presence at the house brought to mind the real reason people get together this time of year.
Stuck in the house for the past week has given me time to pause and feel truly thankful for all that I have. As I wile away some of my time typing on the keyboard these many days, I’ve watched icicles form and grow on the frozen gutter outside my office window. When the holiday lights come on each evening, it presents such a beautiful show through all the glossy frozen spikes that have formed on the lights. Flashing to the sounds of 40 holiday songs, my husband is very proud of his display but this year it's even more spectacular thanks to Mother Nature.
Despite what Mother Nature has thrown our way and due to weather reports of days to come, my husband and I did something considered crazy by many. Call after call to car rental agencies did not yield any relief to our homebound malaise. Since our search to rent a 4-wheel drive vehicle refused to help our situation, we turned our attention to used cars.
It was a fact that we truly needed to get groceries again before the snow melted. It was also true that one of us needed to see the doctor for a test before Dec 25. We also knew that we could not always expect someone else to take the time to come over and drive us around for final holiday shopping.
After a quick search of used vehicle websites produced information on an array of vehicles, we decided to call a dealer nearby who had a 4-wheel drive at the right price the next morning. The manager of the dealer picked us up and we went to their kingdom of cars. An hour later we pulled out of the densely snow covered parking lot in our very own 4 wheel drive.
Whether considered an act of desperation or not, our family now feels a sense of normalcy in the few days before the holiday.