Hello friends! Special shout-out to my Northeast Massachusetts and New England readers who just experienced Juno with me! Aren’t we a special bunch? Here in New England we have two types of people… one) lovers of snow and two) grumpus people who have lived here their whole life but still complain about the weather. Why don’t you just MOVE then? It’s cheaper to live in the south anyways! I however, have made my peace with the weather and have grown to absolutely love snow. Especially now that I work from home and don’t have to worry about driving in the inclement weather. That’s serious business and very scary. Last Sunday I even had my neighbor drive me to church just because there was a bit of snow on the ground! That’s one thing about me that is not typical of other New Englanders. Other people around here complain about how they’re the only one who knows how to properly drive in the snow. Literarily everyone thinks that.
School was cancelled Tuesday, Wednesday, and a lot are still closed tomorrow on Thursday. Snow days! There aren’t any snow days for people like me who work from home, but I was so very happy to have my husband home with me! He got two days to work from home as well, happiness! This snow fall – ahem, I mean BLIZZARD – was especially magical for me having Clark home. Also because I’m not the one who does the shovelingThe only good thing about chronic illness is that you’re kinda off the hook for shoveling. My poor husband spent 7 hours yesterday shoveling, and about 2 hours this morning. We had about 3 feet of snow in my town and many areas where the snow drifted it was more like 4 feet! Pictures don’t lie…
Poor thing deserves a husband of the year award! We have yet to purchase our snow blower for our new home… which we now seriously regret! You get fined if you don’t shovel out the sidewalk. Even with all the physical labor that comes with removing snow, isn’t it just gorgeous? Snow makes everything look clean and white and beautiful!
Forecasters so often get the snow count wrong sometimes you think twice about stocking up. You’ll surely be sorry if you don’t and a huge storm DOES in fact hit! Like our good friend Juno, there’s three feet of snow on ground and a travel ban in place. So be prepared! I don’t just mean with groceries… but also with fun stuff! Buy enough craft supplies or something for a special family project. Get your favorite books out, or read them to each other. My mother used to read “Little House on the Prairie” to my sister and I. We cherish those snow days together! Make sure you have games, puzzles, and fun things that don’t require electricity in case you loose power! Now, what did Kim do while the husb was out there shoveling? Oh, just what I normally do. Clean. Hang with kitties. Work. Other work. Blog work. Drink tea.
I absolutely loved hunkering down for the last 48 hours with my husband and cats. It was my goal to take FULL advantage of the extra time we’d been given. So, I’d like to say THANKS JUNO! Seriously loved being home with Clark. If you’ve been on Facebook over the last two days you’ve probably seen so many people thankful for the extra time with their family. That’s just the best side effect of snow days. Enjoy your family, it’s a blessing!
Back to normal life tomorrow. Le sigh. Before we go, here’s my official tips for surviving the blizzard!
Kim’s Blizzard Survival Tips:
1) Stock up: in two main categories: necessities and fun stuff. Have enough food, water, and batteries for flashlights ready for at least 3 days time. My dad bought each of his son-in-laws a storm radio that has cell phone charging stations for this exact purpose. Either buy food you can eat if you loose power, meaning no refrigeration or need for stove, or get that dutch oven over your fireplace! I try to cook all my meat ahead of time because I don’t have a fireplace. As soon as the snow starts I throw the cooler out on the porch in case of power loss. I’m always grateful when we don’t loose power and I can spend the day baking! Yum! It’s a perfect activity on a snowy new England day. So that’s the necessary stuff. Kim says we also need FUN stuff! You’re stuck in the house for days after all! Have enough crafts and games in stock before hand! I really wish I would have bought more spray paint so I could have finished a few projects over the storm days.
2) Be careful and considerate: Make sure your grandparents, parents, elderly neighbors have someone to check on them or shovel them out! With little ones make sure they’re careful around the candles when the power goes out… I’m pretty sure there was one year I singed my own eyebrows off.
3) Home owners: if you’re afraid of your pipes freezing, keep a tiny slow drizzle coming out of your faucet. Anything that can blow away on your porch or in your backyard, put those away! Including hanging plants or loose shutters. I’m still learning more about being a home owner in a blizzard. Like it’s illegal not to shovel the sidewalk where we live!
4) Going outside: wear multiple layers. I always wear long john’s and tuck them into long wool socks! Tuck your first layer of shirt into your gloves. Buying water proof boots are worth it where we live. Cover those ears! Grab that sled! Have fun! If you’re going outside to shovel, I’m sorry, but also make sure you come inside often for breaks and a drink of water. If you’re like my husband, you listen to music and wear headphones while shoveling. Leave one ear open so you can hear big plow trucks coming or neighbors calling out for help.
5) Starting your car: once you’ve shoveled out your car make sure your exhaust pipe is absolutely 100% clear before you turn that key. I don’t know why but every single storm someone dies due to the fumes that back up into the car during the storm… why people?!?! Use common sense.
So, did it snow where you live? How did you survive Juno 2015?