Our Journey Raising Two Children with Special Needs

This blog chronicles our life raising two children, Nicholas 14, diagnosed with Prader-Willi Syndrome and Weston 17, diagnosed with Autism/Asperger's/ADHD. It's the ups, the downs, the joys, the sorrows and most importantly, the beauty of living a life less perfect, a life more meaningful.




Sunday, February 15, 2015

Ice Dam-Nation

The snow storms and blizzard conditions have been relentless here in the northeast.
Last night, we received another 20 inches of snow.
Tonight temperatures with wind chill will fall to 15 below.
Winds are howling.
We are approaching 80 inches of snow in the last 3 weeks.
That is an insane amount of snow in such a short amount of time.
And yes, there is more snow in the forecast.
This is an historic winter.
One like I have never experienced in my life.
We are very snow hardy here in New England,
but these extreme conditions
and relentless snow accumulations
 have become difficult
 and dangerous with many roof collapses reported. 
 
For those of you unfamiliar with the term ice dam, 
this, my friends, is one of epic proportions on our roof.
 
Ice dams are large blocks of frozen ice
 that prevent water from draining properly off the roof.
Melting snow turns to water on the roof and begins pooling,
unable to find a way off the top of the house,
 it ends up leaking into even the most well-built roofs.
Yes, we have water dripping into our living room.
We have hired a crew to remove snow from our roof on Tuesday
(that is....if we do not get any more snow)
 
Honestly, it looks like an Ice Age has descended upon us.
 
 
Weston and I have shoveled the snow off this deck at least 5 times.
There is now no place to put it.
 
 
The walkway is almost as tall as Pete (who is 6'1) 


Our backs hurt from shoveling,
We are tired and house-bound.
We are sun-deprived and snow-weary.
 
 
Can you see the swing set in this picture?
 
This scenario is an appropriate metaphor for our life as a special needs family.
We are trying to stay positive and resilient.
But honestly, we are praying for an end to this madness!