We got hit here on the Eastern Shore of Virginia for the second time in 2 weeks with a measurable amount of snow. This time it was the really thick, heavy, wet and pretty stuff. The kind that is perfect for making snowmen and for snowball fights! Although we didn’t do any of those things here at home today.
The Eastern Shore of Virginia just doesn’t see this kind of snow regularly, so they don’t have all of the necessary manpower, equipment and funding to deal with the snow like they do in the midwest and northeast. That’s why things shut down even if we only get a few inches of snow. It’s safest for everyone. This time we got about 6 inches here in Accomac, with more on the southern end of the shore.
Health care workers, including Animal health care workers, can’t take snow days. There are people and animals that need tending to no matter what else is going on in the world! I don’t mind it one bit. It’s what I do and it’s what I love.
I work only a couple of miles from home, and I have a 4×4, and I have a lot of experience driving and dealing with loads of snow being from Northern Illinois. So when we have days like this, I usually (not always, like last week) am the one that can make it in to take care of the animals. I was able to make it in safely this morning, took care of all of the boarding dogs and cats, and our one sick dog. Then I called to inform our already scheduled appointments that we were going to be closed for the day. Most of the clients were not going to even try to make it anyway, but many of them would try if we were open. Unless it was a dire emergency, it was much safer for our clients and staff to stay home.
Another coworker, Jessica, lives about as close as I do and has a 4×4 as well, so we split the workload for the day. She agreed to go in to take care of the critters this evening. When I finished with the morning’s rounds and got the schedule in order for the rest of today and for tomorrow, it was time to head home. That’s when my snow day began for real!
When I returned home it was still snowing pretty heavily. Chris and I went out for breakfast and coffee at the Club Car Cafe in Parksley. After that we went to the grocery store, because the best time to shop at the grocery store is during inclement weather! NO LINES! Awesome! I got my grocery shopping done for most of the weekend! Then we came back home and started having fun.
CJ loves the snow; Chompers does too but his decrepit body does not. I didn’t go for a snow run today like I did last week, only because today was a crosstraining day for me anyway, and I am off tomorrow. Tomorrow is supposed to be about the same as today, sans the snowfall, and the road should be plowed by then so the “fair weather” runner in me chose to keep with my original plan of running on Friday. I choose my battles.
The kind of fun we had today was playing frisbee in the snow with CJ, going for a snowy walk down the lane, and just hanging out and having fun together as a family.