Or maybe because I know you're nosy and you'll bother to look!
They called it Snowmageddon. This storm was going to go in the history books! Get to the store quickly for all the bread and milk!!
And we New Englanders kept one eyebrow raised as we skeptically took it all in, got a little extra gas, milk and supplies and wondered who was telling the truth.
Ok, maybe I didn't get the gas I meant to. But I had gone to the grocery a few days before and was hard pressed to find the half gallons of milk I wanted. And unbelievably, in a house where sometimes the milk turns before it's gone, during the 3 days of the storm, we went through both quarts of milk that I bought!
Whenever I can't see outside from my bed because of snow, my first thought is ALWAYS back to the Little House On the Prairie books that I read. I think in almost every book there would be a terrible storm where the snow was up to the roofline and Pa would have to string a line from the barn to the house so they could feed the animals and not get lost in the storm.
That is one of the most vivid images I have ever had while reading a book. We had a barn that was just far enough from the house that if we were in that situation, a rope would have been necessary and I could just see Michael Landon walking in that storm, holding onto the rope as he walked between the giant walls of snow that he'd shoveled through.
Into our thoroughly modern house where we had electricity and indoor plumbing, but I could see it.
I read those books 30 years ago and STILL, that's my first thought!
My second thought nowadays is "thank God we don't have farm animals to go feed, water and worry about!"
It snowed, the wind howled and all morning I wondered what would come of it, wondering if school would be cancelled Wednesday too.
No school day #2 and it's amazing what you can get done when a) you didn't make plans for the snowday so it's really a free day and b) you know you don't have to be anywhere the next day.
There's something very different between snowdays and vacation days. Whether I mean to or not, I end up planning out my vacation days and fill them with things I never get done during the regular week. But when I think we will have a snowday, I don't give a lot of thought to what I will get done the next day. Afraid to get my hopes up.
It's amazing the freedom you have when you can't drive anywhere and you didn't have any real plans. And you aren't sure if the power will go out, so you can't do laundry or lengthy cooking.
I didn't even step outside Tuesday. A VERY unusual thing for me. I stayed inside and got caught up on a lot of things and then I spent a good portion of the afternoon working on these.
The power never went out so I got a bunch done and surprised myself by cutting out the next size down.
The storm stopped some time during the night and I was greeted with this site when I was eating breakfast. That's a 10 wheel dumptruck STUCK in the driveway between my parents' house and mine. This driveway has been plowed thousands of times but the drifts were such that this truck was stuck like a matchbox car.
One of my secrets is to do laundry so I can use the dryer and melt a lot of the snow on the path. See the dryer vent right under the window? Genius.
Technically, it didn't need to be done because the garage door opened just fine and they could get in that way. But it's what I do and I couldn't break with tradition even if I thought it might break my back!
By the time I was done with that, some joker had plowed the one end of my driveway that was somewhat open and blocked me in, so I had to get my shovel and get to work on that. I saved it for later in case yet another plow went by and pushed it in even more.
No thank you.
3 snowdays and this place looks like another planet, with more predicted this weekend. It's all fun and games until you really have to be somewhere or have an emergency, neither of which were the case for me.
So it really was all fun and games!
And more productivity than I can explain.