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February 07, 2011

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Donna

When we had our blizzard I told my sisters it was the kind of night where if we were in the Little House books we'd have to tie a rope around us to go to the barn.

Judith Hart

Absolutely loved Laura Ingalls Wilder's books, grew up with them, imagined myself in that era...My memories of winters when I was young...snow drifts 15 feet high, taking my sled and going to the store for milk and bread, with my beloved dog following behind me.

Yvette

I loved the Laura Ingalls Wilder's book growing up. I would read them again and again.

Laura

Ahhh...the winter of 1977-78. My senior year of high school. My parents and I were fulfilling my dream (and my dad's) of living in the country so that I could have horses. And then, during the second winter there, we found just how isolated we were and how much you could depend on your neighbors.
During one stretch of snowstorm after snowstorm, my father was snowed out and my mom and I were left to fend for ourselves in a house that was heated almost solely by a wood burning stove. Did I mention we were city girls?
While I didn't have to resort to twisting hay, I certainly learned to chop wood. And what a picture I must have made!
And...neighbor to the rescue! A neighbor went house to house (far flung that we were) to see what was needed from town. He was going to the store with horse and sleigh, the only way possible as it took days to be plowed out.
~My Long Winter adventure (not even close to LIW's)

Katie @ cakes, tea and dreams

I've been thinking of Laura, too, during my first "real" winter of snowstorms and ice. We've been lucky so far not to suffer much - certainly not as she did! - but the story of her long winter has inspired me to carry on through these long dark days.

Amy @ A Faithful Journey

Last year, we were hit hard with a blizzard and once it was all said and done, our power went out.Candles were lit everywhere around the house and every blanket we owned was pulled out and wrapped around us so tightly. I remember telling my husband that I felt like I was living on the Little House on the Prairie...which I would have LOVED to live on by the way! :)
Thanks for an amazing giveaway of two amazing books!

Kristin Hayden

Our furnace went out two weeks ago on the coldest weekend in Minesota this winter yet so far! :) We pulled a mettress from one of the bedrooms and our whole family slept together next to a fire and space heater, we had to wake up every hour or so to add wood.
I have to say, I too thought of how much harder life was then, but I also found a certain simpleness to it that was beautiful. Though it was cold, and EXPENSIVE, it was a wonderful memory. Those pioneer folk may have had it better than we think. :)

Felicia

Here is Texas we do not have much of a winter. We can be in shorts one day and then it will snow the next. (Just last week, in fact).

I always loved really LIW books when I was a kid, learning how they coped with the winter, food, etc.

Martha

What a great giveaway. We don't get blizzards here in San Diego but for us wimpy Californians it does get kind of chilly.

Becca

We spent three days without power during an ice storm in March of 1996 (i think). We spent most of the days huddled around our one working fireplace. On the morning we work to find frost on our carpet, we decided to go to a hotel. Just then, the power came on!

I thought of the Ingalls family many times during those three days, as I also have many times during this long winter of 2011.


Dr. Blondie

I loved the Little House on the Prairie books! I read them over and over as a child.

My most harrowing winter tale was shoveling my car out after two consecutive blizzards last February (18"+ each time).

Lilian Nattel

I loved that series when I was a kid so I was fascinated to discover more about the (rather more complex) real life Laura and her relationship with her daughter.

Lilian Nattel

Oops my link didn't work--for more on the real life Laura: http://liliannattel.wordpress.com/2009/08/06/another-late-bloomer/

Nicole

LIW has always been my favorite author. I began reading her books when I first learned how to read. I always felt a 'special' connection to Laura as my family moved several times throughout my childhood. I always thought that if Laura could survive, I could too!

Kate R

Hmmm...the closest I have ever come to The Long Winter was probably the winter of 93-94, which was my sophomore year at Smith. We had something like 25 separate storms that winter. Luckily I didn't have to shovel. Last winter in Utah was pretty bad considering we had snow in June.

However, I have never seen a storm that came close to the storms she described in The Long Winter. They sounded terrifying.

Stacie

When I was 4, in 1976, my sisters were in high school and had a party with all the foreign exchange students (my parents were sponsors) and other high school students. That night we got one heck of a blizzard with 2-3 feet of snow. All the 20+ students were stuck at our house and some of the students were from countries that never get snow. The students all had to stay for 3 days as it took that long for plows to get to our road. It was a full of playing in the snow, making homemade ice cream and lots of laughs....Even for a 4 year old!

Megan

What a great contest!
Being from Texas, I have not had just a ton of harrowing winter adventures.
However, I spent one college spring break in Connecticut (with several other Texas kids), and we got stuck in a snowstorm on the way back from a day trip to Boston. It took us hours to get back, and I'm pretty sure no one had ever driven in the snow before. The real pinnacle was when the windshield wipers stopped working, and the front passenger was leaning out the window trying to toss the wipers across the front window to wipe it off.
We were obviously super smart and really safe. :)

Jessica M.

This is a wonderful contest, and I had been thinking about how much I'd love to re-read Laura Ingalls Wilder's books recently.

I live in California now, where winter just means like 60 degree weather but once upon a time I lived in Ohio and boy did we get snow! My family moved there over Thanksgiving break of my 3rd grade year (from Calif. - my dad was in the military) and move-in day was harrowing but hilarious. We moved into our new house just after a really bad snowstorm and the movers were falling and sliding everywhere with all of our belongings! It was comical when it was small stuff, but definitely scary to watch them try to move couches in the ice and snow.

Thanks for the giveaway!

Danielle_Reads

I almost wish I had an especially harrowing winter tale to tell - I can just "imagine" a truly awful one! But the worst thing that has ever really happened was getting snowed into my apartment for two days this winter and with no shovels to get my car or my roommate's out of the several-foot-tall drifts surrounding them. We survived though and eventually most of the snow was cleaned out or pushed aside.

Sheltiemama

My most harrowing winter adventure took place on Valentine's Day when I was a freshman in college. We had a snowstorm that started with freezing rain. I had never driven in wintry weather before, but I was determined to get home. It took me twice as long as normal, and when I got out of my car, it was encased in ice. Stupid move, but I did make it home safely. The snow started five minutes later, and local restaurants lost a ton of business that evening.

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