A winter storm in the south-Very glad to be home

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Services for Real Estate Pros with Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance

Hello Everyone-As I am sure you all know and many of you have experienced your own bout of this white stuff. For the south this storm was a big one. We got about 10" total when it finally stopped. Now when you lived in NY all your life and are used to lots of snow all winter and you can easily get several snowfalls of at least 10" and while a inconvenience it doesn't bring much to a standstill unless it is a real blizzard.

Similar to the pics below of NY when I lived there. This was not an once every several years occurrence. This happened pretty regularly each year. Some years were somewhat better but others were like the two pics below most winters.

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The big difference between here and NY is that they are equipped to handle the snow. Here in the south they aren't and folks don't know how to drive in it. It really is just common sense. You just have to slow down and give extra stopping room or better yet if the roads aren't clear then just stay home unless it is a dire emergency and then if it is then call 911.

The majority of our accidents in NY were the first snowstorm of the season. Many  people get would get used to the dry pavement and have to relearn each year. I have been here in Va only 3.5 years and last March was the first measureable snowfall. I was home during that storm and didn't have to worry about going anywhere. This weekend was a different story.

I had to be at my realtor bosses house for the weekend while her and her husband spent the weekend at her parents. It started snowing about 3:30 and didn't stop all night. At work Friday we left at 4 and the last vet load of supplies went out Friday just as we left instead of tomorrow. We took a group pic which I didn't want to be in but they insisted. It was a full load and such a great feeling to know that it was going to help so many homeless vets.

Now I am a veteran of snow so it was real unusual that I was snowbound in 10" of snow but without even  a decent snow shovel at their house I wasn't going to chance going out and getting stuck in the driveway with my car when it wasn't an emergency that I get out. Not to mention it wouldn't have been too good for the back.

It is a different feeling for sure when you can get out and don't want to versus being stuck inside because there is too much snow.  Here are some pics I took shortly before they got home about 4:30 of there driveway. There is the saying that there is no place like home for a reason. I am very happy to be home and so is my kitty. No food and a very full litterbox.

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I experimented with picnik.com tonite and I have to say I like the matted look and the best part it is free. Long weekend and tomorrow begins a new week. A short one though. I can use the break. Have a blessed week. <SMILE>

Posted by

Sharon Lee

Comments (16)

Gary Woltal
Keller Williams Realty - Flower Mound, TX
Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth
Winter wonderland for sure Sharon, with very pretty pictures. Glad you are safe!!!
Dec 20, 2009 11:57 AM
Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

Thank you Gary-I am glad to be home. <SMILE>

Dec 20, 2009 12:01 PM
Tony & Darcy Cannon
Aubrey and Associates Realty - Layton, UT
The C Team

Sharon, good luck digging out!  I hope that everyone keeps the essentials like electricity!

Dec 20, 2009 12:11 PM
Mary Douglas
United Country Ponderosa Realty, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado - Red Feather Lakes, CO
REALTOR, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado

Hi Sharon, My goodness, I've missed the news and the weather report - I had no idea!  I love your photos and glad you finally made it home.  It's not fun to be "stuck" away from home :-)  Hope you have a wonderful Christmas week!  Merry Christmas Sharon!

Dec 20, 2009 12:12 PM
Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

Hi Tony and Darcy-I didn't shovel only a little and decided it was fruitless. Waited for them to return. Have a great Christmas. <SMILE>

Hi Mary-I had NO idea myself until I got to work on Friday and they were having a big powwow about it. I wasn't prepared, No boots, gloves and didn't leave Lindsey a lot of extra so she was hungry by today as I left Friday morning and didn't get home til almost 6 tonite. I love helping them but I am very glad to be home. Merry Christmas to you my friend. <SMILE>

Dec 20, 2009 12:23 PM
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

Sharon- what beauty.  We've only had 1 real snow storm here in central Georgia my entire life and we'll that's been some decades.  But when I was a girl it snowed 24 inches and I remember it as being totally fun.  Since we've had some dustings that melt the next day, but I'm ready for another big one.  Wish me luck this year.

Dec 20, 2009 12:49 PM
Marchel Peterson
Results Realty - Spring, TX
Spring TX Real Estate E-Pro

Sharon, It is pretty but I have to admit I DON'T MISS IT!!  Our daughter flew in yesterday morning from NYC.  She had a 5:45 AM flight and that was the only reason she got out.  2 hours after her plane left the ground they started canceling flights at LaGuardia.  All day long she has been saying how glad she is she decided on the early flight.  When I booked the tickets we discussed it and she could come early or late.  She decided that she was going to be jet lagged anyway (she is a flight attendant) so she might as well come in early.  What a wise decision that turned out to be.

Dec 20, 2009 01:23 PM
Andrea Swiedler
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties - New Milford, CT
Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT

Sharon, we got only a small amount in my part of CT but other parts were hit hard! I was glad to dodge that bullet as I am sure we will have more, LOL. And yes, southerns don't drive well in snow!

Great photos, glad you are home safe and sound, and have a wonderful week.

Dec 20, 2009 01:24 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

Nifty looking photo gallery you have there Sharon!  The white stuff covering much of the nation is providing wonderful photo opportunities!

Dec 20, 2009 01:41 PM
William Johnson
Retired - La Jolla, CA
Retired Real Estate Professional

Hi Sharon, I had to look twice at the first two photos. I thought the pictures melted to white, LOL. That is a big bunch of snow. Hope you are staying warm. Have a Very Merry Christmas . The new Year will be bringing big surprises for all of us, and I hope they are good ones. :-)

Dec 20, 2009 03:32 PM
John Novak
Keller Williams Realty The Marketplace - Las Vegas, NV
Henderson, Las Vegas and Summerlin Real Estate

Hi Sharon - We had 6-8" of snow last year about this time in Las Vegas ... talk about not being equipped to handle it! I think you made the right choice to have a Piknik; the matted photos look nice.

Dec 20, 2009 06:40 PM
Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

Hi Everybody-I have to work at my other job this morning so I will say thank you to all for the comments. I will touch base on your posts thruout the week as time permits. They cleared the sidewalks here at the apt building last night after I got home which is good as it was a bit tricky with the hardpacked snow and the last thing I need for this back is a fall. Have a great week. <SMILE>

Dec 20, 2009 08:18 PM
Russell Lewis
Realty Austin, Austin Texas Real Estate - Austin, TX
Broker,CLHMS,GRI

What great pictures and you really are "Snowed Under"   WOW!

Dec 20, 2009 11:41 PM
Toula Rosebrock
Diane Turton, Realtors, Forked River, NJ - Lacey Township, NJ
Broker/Sales Associate, Realtor, Lacey Township,

ToulaRosebrock,com

Hi Sharon:

So glad that your back safely...I'm sure that the kitties missed you!

Great photos!

Dec 21, 2009 12:18 AM
Rebecca Gaujot, RealtorĀ®
Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

Sharon, as you know we got about 2 feet of snow in WV.  And, believe it or not, there are people here who do not know how to drive in the snow.....they really should stay home.

Dec 21, 2009 04:59 AM
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORSĀ®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

Sharon:  So glad you were only away from kitty for one night.  That evening must have felt like it would never end.  Nothing more frustrating than wanting to be home to take care of your kitty and not being able to do a darn thing about it.

Dec 21, 2009 06:16 AM