Sam’s first snow

Since moving to the country, Brian and I have become real homebodies. We don’t go out, like on a date, very often. There are a number of reasons for that. One, is that we simply like being home. Two, is that we live so rural that a date typically involves a lot of miles driving. Three, is that we live on a fairly tight budget and I can cook a great meal so much better and so much cheaper than going out. (I enjoy cooking, too, by the way.) Four, when we do decide to spend money on fun, we prefer to spend it on our boat or going golfing.

So, rare indeed, was our planned date night for Friday. We would go to dinner and a hockey game at the Coliseum in North Charleston! The are the local team and although, we have lived here for eight years, we had never been to a game. We had wanted to do this for years. Watching a live game and rooting for your home team is so much fun. And, Brian really loves this game, too. He grew up playing hockey, and has great memories playing with his buddies on Campbell’s Pond and on a Junior League team, too. Brian was a great skater back in the day!

After, the game, we would have a late supper at one of the fine restaurants in Charleston, another rarity for us.

I went on-line, splurged and bought the best seats available for the game. Five rows back, center ice! After I paid the convenience fee for ordering on-line and the TicketMaster fee, the tickets were quite expensive. But, that was okay. This was going to be so much fun!

And, it was my long weekend off, too! I could putzy around all day on Friday and get ready in the late afternoon for our date night unrushed. I was so excited!

Then, the storm came. On Friday afternoon at about 2:30 p.m., it began to . It was expected to until midnight or later. Now, it is important here to explain storms in South Carolina. First, they are very rare. (To give you an idea of how rare they actually are here, this is our fourth in 10 years.) Second, because of our more temperate climate, when we do get a storm here, we usually just wait for the temperature to rise and the sun to come out to melt it.  Third, and because of items one and two just mentioned, South Carolina doesn’t need to own any real quantity of removal equipment like northern states do.

As the afternoon progressed, schools began closing early, evening activities were getting canceled, and the local governments were advising people to stay off the roads except for emergencies, yada, yada. And, I got more and more worried about making our trip to Charleston. The thought crossed my mind that maybe Brian and I could really make a big night of it and stay in a hotel in town, but then, I remembered Dog. The cats would be fine without us, but our absence would be too long for him.

Surely, the Stingrays would cancel the game and we would get a refund or tickets to another future game. But, no! The Florida Everblades were already in town and the game would be played, which meant no refund for us if we were no-shows.

So, you can understand how very disappointed we were making the decision to not make that long drive in wintry conditions.

So, at 5 p.m. on Friday afternoon, we have no meat thawed to make dinner at home and, more importantly, no range to cook on anyway. You see, we removed the range while renovating the kitchen floor and would have to wait one more day before we could re-install it.

Brian suggested we order pizza. There is a pizzeria in our little town, and although it does not deliver, we could make the short drive over there to get it. Since I really hate pizza, I was thinking that this day could not get any more disappointing. But, then Brian suggested a second dinner alternative: dinner at Captain Kirk’s. Captain Kirk’s is an additional 15 miles further away, but it has an excellent menu!  We would go there for dinner and come home and watch the Opening Ceremony of the Olympics! If Captain Kirk’s was open, I voted for that idea! I called ahead and couldn’t believe someone answered and I got a reservation!

We warmed up the car (to get the snow to melt off the windshield, since most respectable South Carolinians do not own scrapers) and headed to the restaurant. The snow was coming down heavily now and sticking to the roads, but we got there safely.  We had a wonderful dinner, Brian had the 14 oz. prime rib and I had the Valentine’s Special, a petite filet and three lobster tails (small, but delish). Another inch of snow had fallen by the time we left the restaurant, but we managed to get home in one piece, too!

After we got home, I made a pot of coffee for our dessert drinks (Kahlua and coffee) and we settled in to watch the Olympics.

It was nice and I was happy that the evening would not be a total bust after all! But, after five minutes, the satellite went partially out, and we lost our local affiliate channels, including NBC, the only station carrying the Olympics. Darn it, again! So, we put on another station and watched the ending of a movie, The Royal Tenenbaums. Well, we watched it until the power went out! Oh, man! Nothing left to do now, but just go to bed and sleep the rest of this day away!

In the morning, our power was back on. And, we moved the range back into the kitchen. The news reported that the Stingrays won an exciting game; tied at 3 goals each at the end of regulation play, the Stingrays won in the shootout! And, Sam Dog loved his first snow! 

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15 thoughts on “Sam’s first snow

  1. What a great story! Quite the eventful night for you and I am so glad you were able to make the most of the disappointments. Of course, it is hard for me to have too much sympathy for you given that I live in MINNESOTA where I am currently gazing at an 8 foot tall snow drift.

    I remember the first time our pup experienced snow: she was just a few months old and half way up the block tried to shimmy up my leg. I ended up putting her inside my jacket. These days she just joyfully bounces around in the snow no matter how cold. Her favorite game is burying a tennis ball in the snow and digging it out, over and over and over.

    • Oh, Sam would have loved the digging out of snow tennis ball game! Wish we had thought of it! Snow is already completely gone here, maybe next South Carolina snow blizzard!

  2. carrie, you need to come here and see what a bilzzard really is? SIGHHHHHH, I want to move south!!!! ahhhh

    • Shannon, you can keep your blizzard! That year Steve and I came up in April there was a late snow, prolly about 3 feet still on the ground…thought Steve was going to hit the wall he had never seen so much snow before! He was born and raised in Atlanta so 3 flurries is a blizzard to him! Ha!

  3. We have been lucky here in Colorado. The big snow missed us completely. We had a warm-up (about 47 degrees) which melted the snow on our back porch. We still have about 18 inches in our back yard which faces north and none in the front yard. I was sad because Rocky’s footprints were in the snow. My last reminder of the last time he went outside. Rocky hated the snow but the day he died he went outside and put his head high and sniffed the air. I’ll never forget that moment. He died about 4 hours later. Rocky would have been happier in a warmer climate but he tolerated the winter weather here. Still grieving, but getting a little better.

    • Most of our snow here is melted, there are a few patches here and there. The ground is soggy and muddy now.

      Hugs to you, dear sister. (For readers that do not know, Rocky was Pam’s dog.)

  4. How many inches of snow did you get? We had a total accumulation of just over 30 inches (a lot for our area). Most schools were closed for five days! Because it is so cold (under 32 degrees) our snow is NOT melting anytime soon.

    Kids and dogs love to play in the snow! I guess Sam is just a big kid!

    Did Carrie get any snow?

    • oh by the way. my cousin who lives just outside of charlotte nc got just enough snow to build a snowman. she mms’d a picture last night. he’s really really wee — she said his eyes, nose, mouth, and buttons were out of her dog’s bag of “kibbles ‘n bits”. lmao

      • Oh, I bet he (she?) was cute! When the snow first started to accumulate, we thought we would build a snowman and make snow angels. But, playing with Sam and snapping a few photos was enough of the snow for me!

    • Sam is worse than a little kid! He would come in for a few minutes to warm up, then back out he’d go again! Sam lost the snowball battle as he kept trying to eat them!

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