On the Horizon

Usually I don't pay much heed to weather predictions.  More often than not, weather forecasting is like reading the National Enquirer - a lot of hyperbole. But the storm that's supposedly on its way through the midwest starting tomorrow night sounds like a doozy, and has me quaking in my proverbial boots.  Over 15 inches of snow is expected, and that's a whole lot more snow than we've seen at one time here in over  35 years.  As a matter of fact, they're comparing it to the blizzard of 1974, one I recall rather well, although I was just a teenager at the time.  It's impact on me was purely self-centered.  All I cared about was that it meant my boyfriend couldn't get home from college to see me, so another endlessly long week would go by before we could be together!

Now that I'm older, my biggest fear about snowstorms (other than having to drive in them, which I've already made sure I won't have to do this time) is losing electricity.  One of the downsides of living on the same street as my 83 year old mother is that if one of us loses power, we both do.  So there's no safe haven.  She's particularly vulnerable to cold and ice, and the last thing she needs is a fall or to catch a bad cold.

But as long as the voltage holds out, we should be okay.

In fact, I rather enjoy an excuse to hunker in for a couple of days, maybe put a pot of soup on to simmer, drink hot cocoa in between rounds of shoveling, and read, read, read.

How about you?  What do you like to do on snow days?