Cave Dwellings: Did a little “ditch diving” this weekend..very scary.
Cave Dwellings

Buckhorn Creek, Lake O' The Pines, Jefferson, TX

Monday, November 23, 2015

Did a little “ditch diving” this weekend..very scary.

This last weekend we had a  mini Cave-A-Palooza at our house. The Wolffs came in from Zionsville. We had planned to drive to Kaneland High School to see our granddaughter, Taylor, perform in Romeo and Juliet..Well…it started sleeting and then snowing early Saturday morning and by noon, the wind had picked up and it was snowing sideways…We left our house at 1PM to be at the school by two. Normally this takes 1/2 hour , but the weather was bad. Ter drove their Ford Expedition with her boys, Peyton and Campbell, plus Den and I. Chris, John and their boys followed us in their car..

Should have taken it as a sign when Ter turned the corner to head out of town and she slid around. that scared  her, so she asked Den to drive. Long story short, white out conditions, blowing and drifting snow..AND a Com Ed trucks on other side of road, where someone had snapped off a pole earlier.. Due to that, Den tried to hug the right edge as best he could… You couldn’t even see the edge of the road, or the culvert that happened to be there..The next thing we knew, Dennis said “Hang on!”…and we ended up in the ditch. We took quite a ride..Luckily, John and Chris were behind us ( and watched us ride the snow bank, which scared the to death).  All of us piled into their car (9 of us all total), and went back very gingerly to our house. Den called a tow truck from Sandwich and he and John rode back out by Ter’s care to wait for the tow..Den said the tow driver had a time pulling it out of the ditch, the roads were like glass by then…Sad to miss Tay's performance, Tim got someone to get them a video..Another gut check for us all. And the roads were so bad, Tim couldn’t come here to get Ter and the boys, so everyone crashed  (did I just type that ?) here..

Other than that (YIKES!) nothing much happening. Here are some photos from our family get together…


There is a story about this photo of Peyton. When we arrived back here, after our ditch dive, Peyton announced he had spilled an entire can of  Coke all over the back of the car…and all over his pants..We threw the pants into my washer…and I gave Pey my Tweetie Bird pajama pants to put on…Hey, I don’t loan our my a piece of my  “ensemble” to just anyone!! And…not many 15 year old boys would allow their lunatic granny to post his photo…but he didn’t care..I LOVE this kid!..While I am bragging about him, he got an award at the cross country awards night…


Peyton was awarded the Golden Knight Medal for the Sophomore Group (voted on by his cross country peers). To quote his mom, Terrie Cave Heiser, "Peyton has come so far, and has worked so hard to improve himself in every way ,improving both his physical strengths and (most importantly to us) his strength in his character! Your hard work paid off, buddy! We Love you so much!!!"...I couldn't agree more!!! Great job Peyton!!!!

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The Cave grandsons…Peyton, 15..Aiden, 7…Campbell, 11…and Maddox, 4.

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Left…our daughters, Christie and Terrie…Photo on right..John Wolff, our son Kelly, Jeremy Eisenberg (our great nephew) and Tommy Bernhardt, Leanne’s hubby.

20151121_203550 Our son, Kelly, modeling his rabbit hat..There may have been an adult beverage or two involved here…tehee.

We had a great time, even though the weather ruined our chance to see Taylor in her sword fighting role of Benvolio. I am working on getting a short video if I can…The weekend before, we attended Campbell Heiser’s first middle school play. It was called” The Yearbook”, and he had a small role of a student..This is really a huge step for him. Campbell has some sensory disorders and some things bother him more than most kids…apparently NOT getting up in front of an audience…WHO KNEW??

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Campbell is in the red Aero shirt..He did very well and, much to everyone’s surprise, is planning to try out for the Spring Musical!

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One of his sister’s (Taylor) theater girlfriends brought him flowers after his performance.


Left to right, Sabrina Massa (who brought him the flowers), Taylor, Terrie, Peyton, Tim …and the star down front. WOOT!WOOT! CAMPBELL!!!

Well, that’s just about as much excitement as I can handle…Our lift off date for our Winter trip is now Wednesday morning…FINALLY!! I spent most of the day getting ice and snow from the driveway under the tongue of the camper so our GMC can easily hook on. At least we are pointed in the right direction..OUT of the driveway…I will keep you posted of our trip…Look out , Florida, HERE COME THE CAVE PEOPLE!!!!!!!!


  1. No more ditch diving...way too scary!

  2. hmmmmm looks like you should have left a week earlier...

  3. I remember those snowy white out icy road days oh so well. Been in the ditches more than once with one time being a roll over. Sure don't envy folks having to spend their winters in those kinds of driving conditions. I think my enjoyment of winter ended the first time as a teen-ager I had to drive in it!!

  4. Scary stuff.. When I lived on the SW side of Chicago, I cancelled all appointments when the weather was like that and stayed home. Glad that you guys are ok.