The first one is always the worst. No one is prepared.
In our area the first one happens before Christmas. That’s when you are busy with holiday distractions. You aren’t paying attention. Then one day there is white stuff all over and the trip to Starbucks is white-knuckle. Boogers!
This year is different. There was no snow until now. It’s mid-January. Rather late in the game. I’m not complaining although the skiers are.
We were alerted to this storm when it was over the Pacific Ocean. We live near the eastern coast of the US near the Atlantic Ocean. That’s at least a week in advance.
The warnings were ominous. Some forecasters were even suggesting we’d need new words to describe it. Snowmageddon was already taken (2010) as were snowpocalypse and snoverload.
There were hourly updates…while it was still brewing over the Pacific. Not a flurry in sight.
This was serious stuff. (With no holiday stories, January is a slow month for local journalism.)
They kept reminding us to prepare so the beloved husband and I journeyed to the grocery store. Our list was modest. We bought milk, juice, fruit and potatoes. Don’t read anything into that list. It’s what we needed.
When we came home we checked to see what we forgot (we always forget something, it’s tradition). We were out of catnip. I had planned to use my snowed-in status to make new catnip mousies. The cats were not happy.
I went back to the store. I stood in line with people who not only had milk, eggs and bread in their carts but also the makings of chili, soups and stews. (Perhaps I should go home with them?)
I had fresh tomatoes and catnip in my cart. We all have our priorities. I saw a few raised eyebrows. (Hey, it’s my second trip!)
A quick stop at our liquor store provided assurance that there will be margaritas. You don’t want to get cranky. (Oops! Too late for that!)
We charged our devices in case of a power outage. (The beloved husband refers to this as topping off the tanks.)
The cars are gassed and there is gas for the snow blower. We are ready.
That is except for my Starbucks run which cannot be done in advance and is cancelled.
Note to all my east coast friends: Stay safe and stay warm!