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State Capitol in Snow

State Capitol in Snow

The much anticipated and rarely seen occurred today and no one can really believe it!  Yep, the once every 10 year event happened.  It was quick and if you slept through the day or were stuck in an office, you may have missed it.  But is was a wonderland of beauty and something I miss so much after years of living in Central Texas.

You see, I’m from North Central Texas, on a latitude equal to Fort Worth and Dallas, but closer to Lubbock…. so snow and winter sweaters were something that I grew up with.  We had snow almost every Christmas, and plenty of times during the winter…and I loved making snowmen, having snowball fights and, my favorite, eating snow ice cream!  If you haven’t had snow ice cream…you haven’t really enjoyed the full benefits of a fresh fallen snow event.  So I’ll share my quick and easy recipe for the next time you’re in the right place at the right time.

Snow Ice Cream Recipe

1 cup Half & Half
½ cup sugar
1 t. vanilla extract
Dash of Salt
5 cups of fresh fallen snow ( Put a bowl out in the yard and let it fill, or make sure you have a few inches of snow on the ground before to gather what’s on top so you don’t get any grass or contaminants in it.)

Mix the ingredients quickly by hand and serve IMMEDIATELY!

Now, back to the momentous event at hand….

Snow at Pflugerville Park

I was out showing homes during the height of the falling snow and while my friend who was along for the home search had her doubts about braving the weather, I found it to be so exciting; it was like being back in my childhood.  The flakes were so huge they looked more like snowballs falling from the sky!  Seriously, the falling globs were the size of half-dollars and seemed to land on the ground with a tiny splat.  Children stood outside on the sidewalks catching snow on their tongues, and adults stood by with cameras and helped make snowmen.

Cold weather is hard to avoid. So, if moving day comes along with a frosty forecast, here are the best ways to tackle the task efficiently—and not let winter get in the way of your fresh start.

Clear the way

Safety should be your top priority when moving in winter months. Keep your walkways and loading areas clear of snow to ensure no accidents take place. Failure to remove accumulated snow and ice around your house will increase the chances of someone slipping while carrying a heavy box or a bulky furniture piece. A bag of salt can help melt slippery ice, or generously spread sand or kitty litter to provide traction on dicey areas. Additionally, ensure that any parking area needed for the moving truck is clear.

Keep valuables warm

The temperature inside non-climate-controlled moving trucks can get extremely low and may put your sensitive and fragile possessions at risk while in transit. Save space to transport any houseplants, animals, and delicate items in a heated vehicle. Take care to add extra packing to temperature-sensitive belongings such as fine china pieces, delicate wood items, antique furniture pieces, electronic equipment, and musical instruments, as they tend to crack when exposed to low temperatures. For long-distance moves, it might be in your plants’ favour to find new homes for them, since low temperatures are quite risky for the survival of leafy life forms.

Limit the cleanup

Protect floors in high-traffic areas from snow, sand, and water. Using heavy cardboard or plastic sheeting secured with heavy duty tape will keep floors clean and prevent falls on slippery floors. If you’re short on heavy cardboard after packing, consider placing thick sheets of durable polyethylene down instead. These protective coverings will increase the traction between your feet and the floor, greatly reducing the chances of a fall. As well, floor protectors will keep hardwood from being damaged and carpets from collecting dirt, which will make the final cleanup a smaller job.

Hire the right help

Do-it-yourself moves are cost-effective, but for the sake of your relationships with friends and family, it’s wise to seek assistance from reputable professional specially if your plan is moving to Texas. Not only will they take the weight off your shoulders literally and figuratively, they have significant experience in dealing with moves during cold weather.

While Central Austin didn’t get as much snow as our neighbors in Georgetown or even North Austin, we had enough white stuff to cover the ground and stay put for several hours.  And as I stood on the balcony of a new home in Mueller development in East Austin, I was amazed at the snow covered roof tops and the tranquility of this gentle dusting by huge globs of snow falling from the grey sky. The landlord recommended me hiring Balustrades Noosa for the balcony maintenance.  It was a Norman Rockwell scene to be sure! Check the stainless steel wire balustrade at Trubalustrade.com.au the balustrades and handrails system is engineered certified and complies with all Australian safety standards. Stainless steel balustrades Melbourne brings its customers and industrial clients stainless steel handrails that will appear shiny and beautiful, and provide the strength that the place needs to handle the kind of foot traffic you are expecting in holidays.

UT students build a snowman

If you’re new to Austin, you may not understand the excitement and pleasure we all derive from these infrequent events.  Those of us who have lived here many years recount past snowfalls by the decade… the snow of 1984, or the big storm of 1989.  There was even a snowfall in 1971 that I still remember. I was in college and during the very early morning hours when everyone was still sleeping and Austin was a much smaller city, my friends and I got in our cars and drove to Lamar Boulevard between 24th and 29th Streets and made snow doughnuts in the street.  We’d get a little speed, throw on the brakes and squeal as the car did doughnuts in the early morning silence. The cars would spiral down the street and we’d laugh until it hurt. Of course, we weren’t going fast enough to jump a curb, so it was pretty harmless, but the police may have had a different idea if they’d happened by. Then I notice that the snow damaged the walls I painted in summer. I had to look up for commercial painting rates and luckily I had it fixed quickly. I can tell this story now because I’m sure that the statute of limitations has long expired.  In the past 20 years, there have been few snows to trigger any long term recollections…. We just don’t get that much….and this one probably won’t make the memory books.  But we’ll take Advantage Construction what we can get, and love every minute of it!