It has been a cold, rainy day and the rain is slowly turning to ice. I expect to wake up to a very slippery world tomorrow morning. But according to the forecasts, it doesn’t end there. The ice storm is supposed to continue through much of tomorrow, followed by a day and half of heavy snowfall. Today I swallowed my pride and did the stock up run to the grocery store. We are now amply supplied with bread, milk, cheese, eggs, cookies, soda, hot chocolate – all the necessaries. I’ve checked Facebook several times today and there is an almost palpable sense of dread in many of the status updates. One of my friends lives year round in an RV, and for her this storm is no joke. If her power goes out (and predictions are that the ice may take down power lines), she will have to rely on a generator. She’s spent the last couple of days trying to find the right battery for her generator – apparently harder than it sounds. The good thing about Facebook, though, is that shortly after posting anxiously about her battery difficulties, my friend had invitations from three different families to come stay with them.
The power going out is a legitimate concern for us, too, I suppose. If I don’t keep up on my daily posts this week, you’ll know we’ve gone off the grid involuntarily.
The last heavy snow we had was less than two weeks ago, and it was a perfect snow for children. It was deep and packed well, and fell during the night before a sunny, not-too-cold winter day. Facebook filled up with photos of snowforts, snowmen, and impressive igloos. But this storm isn’t going to produce the same opportunity for fun, I’m afraid. Aside from the fact that there will be a thick layer of ice under the snow, the forecasts for the next several days all include the phrase “bitter cold”. These promise to be hunker-down days. I’m going to try to make the best of this. I’ll play at least a few rounds of Pictureka with the kids, spend extra time reading, earn the mom version of cool points by making pancakes. It’s just weather. It’s just weather, it’s just weather, it’s just weather. I’m going to keep saying it until I believe it.