Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Crazy Weather Plans

As many of you know, there is a monster storm moving across the country, and Buffalo NY is in the path.  They say the weather will start to deteriorate here around 10pm tonight, with serious snow starting around midnight.  Schools and municipalities have already cancelled all activities for tomorrow, and outside you can hear family after family firing up their generators to have them ready in case we lose power.

I realize I'm in the minority here, but I really like snow days when the power is out.  Our generator is enough to keep us warm.  Our stove is gas, so we can cook.  And we have a dozen gas lamps and 30+ candles that keep us lit.  In our last major storm we were out of power for 6 days, and so were the grocers, so even when we walked to the store we couldn't buy food.  There was a driving ban in place for 4 of the days.  The whole neighborhood (20+ people) ended up at my house to eat, sleep, and stay warm.  The refrigerator food ended up in coolers packed with snow.  (Neighbors brought whatever they had in their cupboards, and we baked bread and cooked up whatever folks had for meals.)

The kids played board games and read novels.  The women cooked and knit.  The men cleared snow and downed trees.  No computers or TVs or video games.  I don't want to live back in the 1890's, but it's a nice place to visit.  Knitting and cooking and living as a community for a few days is almost a vacation.  So, be careful.  I hope all of you are safe and warm.  I'll be happy and knitting.  (And purling.)

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