I know, I know. Everyone is tired of hearing about the snow.
Believe me – I am, too.
We got a lot – our official local report is 32 inches, but my back porch says more like 36. Guess we fall in the “locally heavier amounts” area. This was taken around 1:30 PM…
And here’s just two hours later…still well before the end of the storm much later Saturday night.
But no matter the amount, the snow is upon us whether we like it or not so let’s grin and bear it and commence with a snowy round of thankfuls. I promise there will be a bit of light from the snowy darkness by the time we get to the end.
First, I’m thankful it stopped snowing. It’s nice for a while and then your just start thinking all the things, like “is the dryer vent clear?” and “Will the deck hold that much?” and “Where the hell are we going to put all of it when we finally dig out the cars? When you live in a townhome community, this is a genuine concern.
It’s pretty while it falls, though, and during the fall, I was most thankful for being warm and safe with enough food in the house. Perhaps not quite as many “snow day snacks” as we might have purchased in the past, but that was intentional. We stuck to popcorn and homemade chicken noodle soup for the sickies in the house – that would be all of us.
I’m thankful that none of our colds have become anything worse. All three of us have a straight-up lousy winter cold, but no sinus infections, no bronchitis, no pneumonia. I credit the opportunity for plenty of naps and lots of homemade chicken soup and sick tea for helping keep the germ at bay. I’m thankful that I know how to whip up a batch of homemade chicken soup or sick tea when my family needs it.
I am thankful that the rest of my family were warm and safe during the storm and that my brother-in-law made it home safely when he did finally venture out on the roads (even if nobody remembered to call and tell us he made it in…).
I am thankful we did not lose power during the storm. We’ve lost power here during bad storms in the past and being without power for several days was no picnic. I’m glad the lights stayed on this time.
I am thankful for warm blankets, warm cats, and warm slippers. And warm drinks – hot chocolate, tea, coffee. All of these things are simple comforts during a snowy day. And the Rotten Cats definitely get a mention this week. While lots of people had to go out in the nasty storm to let their dogs do their business – and the poor dogs had to be in the snow to do their business – I was mighty thankful to be cat owner whose Rottens require no outside treks in the snow and just go about their business in the box, as usual. (Which, by the way, I’m happy to report Cat One is doing consistently. Guess the little one-on-one “therapy” sessions he and I are having helps.)
I am thankful that my Husband handles the hard work of digging us out after a storm. He doesn’t like doing it – who does? But he does it anyway. And as I watched him and the other guys on our street dig everyone out, I thought about all the people who weren’t able to be in their homes safe and warm while it snowed – the people who had to dig out in the midst of it and go to work anyway to keep the rest of us safe. Hospital and ambulance workers, police, fire, and road crews, television news and weather crews. While we’re sitting in our homes watching it all unfold, they’re out there in the midst and deserve our gratitude.
I’m thankful that school is closed tomorrow and we won’t have to think about dealing with snowy back roads and such just yet. Maybe. I’m used to a nice silent house on Mondays…just me and the Rottens getting our week started. Check with me next week on this one. 😉
Finally, I’m thankful for finishing this post. I don’t like doing my TToT on Sundays – for some reason it just doesn’t set well with me. So I’m glad to be finished and now I’m off to return to the rest of the things I have to write and to enjoy the last couple of hours of sunlight over the snowy fields behind us.
Your turn – what are you thankful for this week? What’s your favorite snow day snack? Do you run out and join the milk-bread-eggs panic with the rest of the world? You know the drill – share ’em or link ’em!