Waiting

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There’s not much chance of that big, white storm missing that little red X.

SEVERE WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY UNTIL 6 AM EST SAT.
The National Weather Svc says snow amounts will reach 3 to 5 inches in steady snow by late tonight, followed by potentially another 3 to 5 inches in frequent snow showers Friday and Fri night. The Natl Weather Svc says the commute home this evening could be challenging as steady snow will begin to fall by late afternoon which could turn untreated pavements slippery and snow-covered before evening.

Snowstorms do not bother me. I have a well-stocked pantry, firewood and lots of blankets. We have plenty of hay for steers and horses. My kids are snuggled up with math books and spelling words, and appropriately, a Science unit about weather. I work from home four days a week, so I’m happily squirreled away in my nest until Monday.

We have no where we need to be until Sunday morning. And that’s not a worry, either, because the little church on a hill in the woods is only a mile away. 

 

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But I do have a concern.

“The commute home this evening could be challenging …” It takes Farmguy 65 minutes to drive home from work on a normal day. A 60-mile drive can be rather challenging in a snowstorm. And he’s not driving a big, bad 4×4. He’s driving a budget-friendly, 35 miles-per-gallon economy car. It’s not built for snowstorms. For that matter, it’s not built for a 1/4-mile dirt lane.

I worry. He doesn’t.

It’s a match made in heaven.

Speaking of worry …

Southern folks freak out when they hear the “s” word. My sister lives near Nashville, Tenn. She reported that schools were canceled yesterday because of the threat of snow today. She said she needed milk. The shelves were empty. The grocery stores were packed. My cousin in Georgia reported the same phenomenon.

People like to be prepared.

I’m no exception. It’s why I can and freeze foods in the summer for winter consumption. It’s why I keep four loaves of bread in my freezer at all times. It’s why my daughter loves me. When the Cheez-its are gone she knows there will always be another box in the pantry.

What do you do to prepare for natural disasters or life’s unexpected storms? Do you ever think about it? Sometimes we pretend … we’re great fans of the Little House books around here. We love reading the Boxcar Children. We imagine what we would do to keep warm in a snowstorm. We imagine what we’d do without electricity for days and days.

We play pioneer.

But we’re not expecting to lose power in this snowstorm. So …

  • We’ll venture out-of-doors for chores, animals and sledding. Also to add wood to the fire.
  • We’ll endure the frigid weather with kettles of cocoa, black coffee and hearty soups.
  • We’ll spend the weekend playing board games with the kids and building snowmen.
  • We’ll spend the evenings cozied up on the couch with Netflix movies (a service I love!).
  • If we get lots and lots of snow, Farmguy will play around on drive the skidsteer down the lane to clear a path for feed trucks and visitors and the poor mail lady who is afraid of my passive pup, Daisy.

On the other hand … I probably just jinxed us all.

  • We’ll lose power
  • We’ll wish we’d spent money on that generator
  • We’ll haul water for cattle
  • We’ll partition off the kitchen and room with the woodstove. Because although we have an outdoor woodburner, it takes electricity to run the fan to keep the fire going to pump the hot water into the house.
  • We’ll go insane playing board games and card games and reading books to the kids.
  • I’ll lament my lost computer time.

But we’ll survive.

Because we’re pioneers!

And because none of the above will matter anyway … Saturday is a holiday.

Muzzleloader season.

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5 Comments

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    Mother Goose January 7, 2010 (12:59 pm)

    We’re stocked up…enough milk for at least a week (just purchased 4 gallons sorry little sis!), shelves full of canned goods, a generator just in case, and a propane fireplace if we can’t run the wood burner! Bring on the Snow!!!

    And by the way…I didn’t even know we were supposed to be getting snow until you told me! Life is shall we say sheltered around here. My conversations normally include things like, “Say mama ppppllllleeeasse!” or “Listen, do you here papa’s tractor?”

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    Georgia Peach January 7, 2010 (2:08 pm)

    It’s hard to miss a predicted snow here in the south. All other news STOPS when snow may be coming. And, it is really snowing now. Beautiful!!! My son just told me that all snowflakes are different. I love watching him learn. 🙂

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    Nicole@FarmgirlChaos January 7, 2010 (3:57 pm)

    You have stated this so perfectly! Today, basically every school in the state is closed due to snow. But, the rest of us have to work if we don’t want to take a vacation day. If the snow we got is what you will be getting….it’s beautiful. So soft and fluffly! BUT, it’s not so beautiful when it is blowing all around the countryside causing white-out conditions. I knew it was going to be a nice winterstorm, but I didn’t do anything differently to prepare for it. I guess that is what happens when one is use to the snow storms. I just enjoy them as they come.

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    Jeanie January 7, 2010 (10:41 pm)

    I left home today to semi cleared roads and no snow but Changed my plans after lunch with a friend. Came out to an inch of snow on the car and 13 miles home. Drove slow and had no trouble but when I got home got my boots and hat on and went out to play in the snow for a while. (get the mail and shovel the steps clean) It was beautiful. I love a day like this especialy when I’m home!

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    Jayme aka The Coop Keeper January 9, 2010 (11:10 am)

    We got a foot here! It’s not too bad until the wind starts blowing, and then we get drifts. One time we were completely snowed in the house with no power for four days. Four of the happiest days of my life. I have no idea why, it just was!

    Stay warm! Hope you have all the coziness of the storm with none of the headache. Hope Farmguy will be ok, that’s a long commute.