My day started at 2:30 am this morning. I drove a friend to the airport at 3:30 am so she could fly out to visit her kids for Christmas. It’s a two-hour drive to the Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport from our home. I dropped her off at the airport at 5:30 this morning and started making my way back home before the snow storm was to begin at 9:00am. My coffee consumption began at 3:00am and continued throughout the day.
On the way home from the airport I stopped about half-way home in St. Cloud to pick up a couple of Christmas gifts and to take my son’s jacket to the tailor to have the zipper fixed. She fixed it while I waited and I was back on the road within 15 minutes. Great service! The snow began.
I got sidetracked on my trip to the house and took this picture at a local tree farm. I got home around 10:00am and planned on changing clothes and hitting my bed for a nap. I met my husband on the road and he said he needed me at the shop ASAP because we had three car deals we had to write-up. So much for my nap. The coffee consumption continued.
Lunchtime we drove to the next town nine miles to write-up one of the three car deals. The gentleman asked if we could come to his home to write-up the papers because they were in the middle of funeral arrangements for his wife who died. My heart goes out to his family.
After writing up the car deal it was on the road again with a quick stop at our house before heading back to the St. Cloud area to pick up a car that was at the transportation lot. My husband decided that we would pick up the car and then finish up the rest of the Christmas shopping.
This is the picture I took from the passenger seat on the way to the transportation lot. The snow was continuing in earnest as well as my coffee drinking.
Farther down the road the traffic came to a standstill as there were seven cars in the ditch and three tow trucks working on removing them. We picked up our car from the transportation lot and took a different route than the freeway into St. Cloud. We had to keep pulling over to clear our windshield of the ice and snow so we could see. The wipers couldn’t keep up.
We made a quick trip into the mall to get the last items we needed and then hit the road again for home. Just before we left St. Cloud to head for home our daughter called to tell us that the freeway was closed due to two jack-knifed semis and that we should take the back roads home. Our normal 45 minute drive home took an hour and 15 minutes. I struggled to stay awake and continued drinking coffee.
As I write this post it is now 10:30 pm. My body is definitely ready for bed but I just can’t seem to shut the mind off. The kids in town are hoping for a snow day tomorrow morning or at least a late start.
The snow continues….That means a car lot to clear in the morning.