Thursday, February 13, 2014
Oh winter weather, where art thou?
I just want to know one thing. When are we going to have honest-to-god winter? The forecasters keep giving us dire warnings of maybe sleet, snow, freezing rain, with a holocaust thrown in just to keep us on our toes.
They keep bringing up the fiasco in Atlanta, which I think is unfair. Having lived in the Atlanta area some years ago, I know how unpredictable their weather can be. The big dogs did the best they could.
Everybody is sitting on ready. Going to the grocery for truly unneeded items. How much bread, eggs and milk do you need for a two- or three-day storm? And what do you do with them? Bread pudding? Milk toast? Poached eggs? Don’t you have beef, chicken, fish and veggies, too?
If you have a gas cooktop you can light it with a match and cook almost anything. If you have an electric stove, I pity you. Can’t cook anything. If you have a wood-burning fireplace you can sorta cook but you may burn up your pans unless they are cast iron.
Now, I’m not advocating a really bad storm with sleet and freezing rain which cuts off electricity. Been there, done that, never want to do it again. Remember our ice storms of some years back? We were without electricity for two weeks, somehow had to bathe and get ready for work, had to come home and try to cobble together a meal so we didn’t starve. Breakfast was a nightmare - as long as it was very cold we could set the milk outside for cereal but when the weather warmed and we still didn’t have electricity we had to cook eggs and bacon in the fireplace. This added another hour to an already 12-hour day. Of course, I was many years younger and could cope a lot better than I could now.
However, if the forecasters are going to tempt us with a really good snow (say six or eight inches), I want it to come to pass.
I have some boots I sprayed with this wonderful stuff that makes them waterproof so I can wade around in the snow and my feet stay dry.
There are some great hills around here that the kids, young and old, can slide down. Everybody can make some sort of snowman or snowwoman (must have equal time here) and use all those carrots, slivered green peppers, etc. to create a face. Kids will probably snag mom’s or dad’s favorite new hat to top the snowperson with and earn a spanking. Of course, it was fun at the time.
Then, after everybody is practically frozen, into the house for hot chocolate with marshmallows on top. Perhaps some cookies just to complete the sugar crash.
Then a really good beef stew with cornbread to fill everybody up.
In this fantasy, electricity is still on. Remember the trip to the grocery? Potatoes and carrots should have been on the list.
Well, dream on. Winter isn’t over yet but it better come through before long. I’m sick of these temptations and dangling promises of a really good snow.
If it weren’t so cold, I’d travel to Michigan or somewhere just to get some snow!
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