Chic on a Shoestring Decorating: The Blizzard 2011

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The Blizzard 2011

I have been trying to post pictures of my Valentine's decorations in the past couple of days but I've just been too distracted.  First, I got sick.  Strep throat... yuck.  The rest of my family got sick too.  Amazingly, I am the only one with strep, everyone else has sinus or ear infections and we are now all on antibiotics... fun times. 

While we were busy getting sick  the weather man was telling us that a big blizzard was coming... 24 inches of snow, 3-4 inches an hour and 50mph wind gusts.  Yeah, yeah, yeah... I'll believe it when I see it.

Well, it's here and it's bad.  No school today, no school tomorrow, hub's work closed early today and is closed tomorrow (it never closes!). 

I'm having trouble photographing how bad it really is because I am not going out there. 

Here is a shot of what you see when you try to look out the window... you can't see out the windows because the screens are totally covered.

Here's another one ...

I stuck my hand out the front door with the camera to try to take a picture of some of the snow drifts... this is what I got:

Look at all those crazy snowflakes!
It was bad even without the flash.

The wind is so bad we got a snow drift in our garage... inside our garage!  This happened with the garage door closed!  What the heck?!

Here is some video that really doesn't do this blizzard justice but you can see how crazy the wind is...

Don't be fooled by the little bit of snow on the patio table, it is much deeper but I think it's all blowing off the table. 

As long as the power stays on we should be just fine.  If not, it might get a little cold in here but I'm sure we'll make it. 

How many of you bloggy friends are stuck in this "blizzard of the century" as I heard it called on the news? 

It's a doozy, isn't it?!

Stay warm and be safe! :)


  1. We are also getting hit by this storm! I LOVE your buffet table! I have been at a loss on how to decorate mine...I now feel like my creative juices are flowing! Thanks for sharing!

  2. I am hoping the power stays on,I would be so scared with kids,although if the poswer stays on it sounds kind of fun(says me who has never been in an ice storm ever)

  3. Yes, it is a mess. I am ready for it to blow on out of here! We are a long way downstate from you on the tale end of it, but we have ice and blowing snow. The ice pelting off of the roof is crazy sounding. Trees are down in town, so far we don't have any over. Yuck.

  4. Wow. Now that's a lot of snow and wind. Hope your power stays on so you can enjoy being holed up at home with the family!

  5. Yup, I hear ya! I think we got about a foot and a half in Michigan. Right now it is not snowing but I am stuck in the house, no way I would make it with a car! I am glad that you are feeling better and stay warm and safe!!

  6. Are you from Chicago too? We got hammered here in Hanover Park, IL. No School today or tomorrow either. Hubby and kids are still digging us and snowblowing us out of this mess. Be safe. Blessings Paula.

  7. We are having crazy weather too. Nothing but ice covering everything. Only emergency vehicles are allowed to be out. I can't complain about being stuck home really :)
    We are lucky to escape any sickness so far but figuring we are doomed..everyone we know has been sick! Hope your family feels better soon!


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