Nov 20, 2014



                   I apologize for not uploading yesterday, but I was not home very much as I have been trapped in my house since Monday night! 

                     I live in Buffalo and you may or maynot be aware of the huge snowstorm we have been going through but it is quite crazy. 

                     Our side-streets have not been plowed, and there is 5 feet of snow all over in the street! Yesterday, it finally stopped snowing pretty much all day until about 6pm. And when it did start snowing, it didn't get "blizzard-y" again until 11pm. So we finally had the chance to get out of the house and I took advantage of that! 

Please excuse the quality of the photos as they are all from my phone! 
I took this, standing in the middle of my street.

                 Many people were stuck in their cars for many hours, my grandfather being one of them. He was in his car for 13 hours and got so cold that when we called him, he couldn't even talk. Him, and the people stuck around him walked to a car factory that was nearby for warmth. They got water and granola bars. And had to sleep on the floor. They were there for 24 hours before they were able to help each other shovel their cars out and go home. 

                 My grandfather is finally home, safe and warm, thankfully with only a cold. But there are still people stuck in hotels, strangers houses and random buildings which saddens me because I'm sure they would love to go home to their family. I just hope that they are all safe and warm.

Okay! Enough heavy stories! On to the good part. 

                    I love snow storms like this because the whole neighborhood always helps each other and is even more friendly than normal! Everyone comes together and makes the absolute best of everything, constantly laughing and smiling. Telling stories and sharing the extra things they have that others need.

My brother is in the red coat and he is 5 feet 8 inches tall. 

The snow is halfway up the door of our local convenient store.

There are abandoned cars like the two in this picture, all over the main roads that got stuck and are buried under snow. 

We don't usually have snow-mobiles driving down our main roads but its easiest to get around that way!

                   So, as you can see there is a lot of snow. Buffalo is no stranger to snow storms. They happen every year here. But big ones like this, that are almost impossible to clean up and leave people stranded for days, only happen every couple of years. So we aren't completely used to all of this, which is why every time it does happen, we still get all excited. I'm sure this is nothing compared to places that snow all year long. But its not completely usual to us. 

                      Alright, I need to go eat some breakfast and do some more shoveling (thanks to the extra foot and a half of snow we got last night). 

Hope you're all having a wonderful week!

With lots and lots of love,
Marissa! <3

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