Jan 05, 2014 - 3:33 pm
I'll start ... snowing lovely fluffy flakes all day to add to the 6-8" already on the ground. Snow will continue over the next few days and Tuesday our high temperature is expected to be 0 degrees, is that even possible?
One thing I do have on hand is a good deal of firewood, food, bottled water, and batteries for flashlights and lanterns because we often have power outages when the snow gets heavy and limbs fall on the power lines. The area is very wooded and as nice as that is ... trees and limbs will fall. I have water trickling from the faucets to keep the lines from freezing at night. So, my son and I can have a bit of light, food, and fire ... but, no power to the well means no water, toilets, showers, or our telephone because it is a digital line. When our power goes out and I go outside I can always hear generators humming in the distance on neighboring properties. Those generators are so expensive though that I keep procrastinating. I am keeping my fingers crossed the power stays on. Cell phones are very valuable because I can charge them up in the car. Playing Scrabble on my iPhone has kept me sane through a few blackouts.
My poor little Cavalier Spaniel has to endure all kinds of indignities because I put a snow suit, snow boots, and snood hat on him when he goes outside so he does not come back in covered in snowballs. A couple of times a day I wil let him run wild without all this silly stuff on but only when I feel like de-snowballing him.
Our home is set far back in the woods from a dirt road. The secondary dirt roads often do not get plowed so we will be here in the white, soft, quiet world for a while. The river is frozen over and I can see the deer and critters walking across it. It is rather comforting as everything is forced to just stop.
Where I am in Michigan, it will not be so bad and I do have the luxury of just sitting here and waiting it out. My concern is for folks who are not feeling well or are in the midst of treatment in areas that will be harder hit. If everywhere you look your world is white and you have recently learned what a 'polar vortex' is ... check in.
Peace. ~ Cynthia
To help you stay warm.