Having lived in the northeast of Massachusetts my whole life, I am no stranger to that horrid, awful, white stuff better known as “snow.” I have lived through many, many, blizzards with winds gusting to hurricane force and snow drifting so high that I could open my second floor window and grab a handful of that frozen menace.
I survived the “Blizzard of 78” and the record breaking snowfall we had in 2015 and, well . . . I still hate it! In my eyes, there are only a few reasons why snow is, for lack of a better word . . . good. It is awe inspiring and beautiful to watch as it falls, especially during a blizzard, it increases the water level in our ponds, lakes and reservoirs and it usually meant a day or to off from school. (except in 1978 when we had a full month off from school)
Today, there is a powerful blizzard tearing through the mid-Atlantic dumping copious amounts of snow on Washington DC, Virginia, Maryland, New Jersey and affecting many other cities and states. But guess what? Yup, Massachusetts is being spared this time and I am so thankful for that. I am done with snow, no, actually I’m done with winter!
It’s time for someone else to have a turn dealing with that nuisance, overrated, cold, frozen, white, stuff, but here are a few helpful hints for all those snowbound souls. It may be a little to late, but use it as a reminder for when it happens next time.
- Have plenty of junk food available for consumption-chips, Doritos, Little Debi snacks (ice cream is good except when the power goes out and everything in the freezer thaws out or melts)
- A good supply of DVD’s and video games, but remember . . . if the power goes out, you’ll need something that’s battery operated. So, just in case, have some traditional games available to play.
- Keep your house or apartment very warm almost to the point of being to hot. Why? Again, it’s that power thing. If it goes . . . so does your source of heat and let me tell you it can get pretty, damn, frigging cold when that happens.
- Keep extra blankets at the ready- just in case.
- Candles and flashlights are a must. Do you seriously want to sit there in the pitch black when the lights go out?
The picture above I took after one of our big storms last year. It features a crow and a squirrel sharing Intel on where to find food. Although I am so super glad that we’re not getting dumped on this time, it doesn’t mean I don’t feel badly for those of you who are. Remember . . . safety first . . . don’t go doing anything stupid that will either hurt you or possibly even kill you. Stay off the roads until they are cleared . . . appreciate the beauty in it for the time being.
Stay safe everyone, be kind and help each other! Peace, Light and Love to all! Namaste, Jim
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