As we prepare for yet another winter here at Our Little Acre, I'm reminded of one of the very first winters we experienced shortly after we moved into our house. It was January of 1978 and on a Wednesday evening late in the month, snow began falling lightly. The weather forecasters had said we were to get a lot of snow with a lot of wind. Little did we know just what "a lot" meant.
Romie worked second shift at that time, so I was usually asleep in bed by the time he got home from work. When the phone rang at 1:30 a.m. and I awoke to answer it, I noticed he wasn't in bed beside me. His voice on the phone let me know that the blizzard had arrived, but he wasn't going to make it home that night. He'd followed a snow plow as far as he could, which was to my parents' house on a major highway (US 127).
I could hear the wind howling like nobody's business outside. I peeked outside, but could see nothing but white. By morning, there was more snow than I'd ever seen. Huge drifts were all around the house and the front windows were packed with snow - on the inside! The unbelievably strong winds had driven it through the smallest spaces, and it was still blowing.
|Our high school. That's Romie up there on the drift.|
Romie didn't make it home until Sunday, and then it was on a snowmobile. We weren't plowed out until the next day, and then we made a trip to our nearby village store, not for food, but just to get out and about to see all that snow and to talk to neighbors.
That was the Great Blizzard of '78. It was definitely one for the record books and one that many have heard about. I'm glad I was old enough to experience it. We didn't lose our electrical power, so we stayed nice and warm; others weren't so fortunate.
(For a more detailed account and some history, see my January 2007 post, The Blizzard of '78.)
We didn't have a snow thrower back then, but it definitely would have come in handy! We could have given it a good workout! We'll likely not see a snowstorm like that ever again, but we've had some good amounts of snow in recent winters. A snow thrower is a good thing to have when you live in Ohio!
|Our car in the driveway of my grandparents' farm.|
|I walked right up this drift to the roof of our old neighbor's house!|
Well, guess what? Troy-Bilt is giving you a chance to WIN a snow thrower! All you have to do is leave a comment here, telling one of your best snow memories, and you'll have a chance to win your choice of the following two Troy-Bilt snow throwers:
Storm 3090 XP
Storm 3090 XP 2-stage snow thrower features a wide 30" clearing width, Touch 'n Turn power steering and heated hand grips, plus an in-dash headlight and reflective strips for greater visibility in low light.
- Touch ‘n Turn power steering
- Push-button electric start
- Just One Hand operation – steer with one hand, freeing the other hand to adjust the chute direction without stopping
- 30” clearing width
- In-dash headlight and reflective strips for safer operation
- Standard heated hand grips
Flurry 1400 is ideal for milder winters, smaller driveways and lighter snowfalls. Designed with features that make it easy to operate, including a dependable push button electric start.
- 11 amp electric Troy-Bilt engine
- Push-button electric start
- E-Z Chute™ manual pitch chute control
- Auger-assist drive system
So tell us your best snow memory and one of these could be yours!
Troy-Bilt and is open to U.S. residents only. The contest will end at midnight on Friday, December 3, 2010. Winner will be selected at random from all eligible entries, using the Random Number Generator. Our Little Acre will also be receiving a snow thrower from Troy-Bilt as host of the giveaway, and will be posting a review at a later date.