Monday, January 6, 2014

It's Snowmaggedon!

by Kate Collins

In the picture, you can see the black wrought iron gate to my courtyard. Well, half of my gate, at least.

I cannot remember a worse winter. I can recall winters where we've gotten huge snowstorms that have drifted roads closed, buried driveways, and cancelled school. I can remember winters where we've had at least ten days in a row of below zero temps. But I do not recall both happening at the same time. Not in the Chicagoland area, at least.

To some in the far north, this might not be unusual. To those in sunny southern Cal, Florida and Hawaii, so what? Not so much for those of us in the rest of the country who are living through the worst winter in our history.

Okay, so that's the bad side of things. Are there any positives in this ordeal? Anything we can feel good about?

In my neighborhood, it's a banding together, it's people reaching out to help each other with offers of assistance. We're all stuck inside on the coldest January 6th in recent history but we're willing to bundle up and brave the cold to help each other. I think that's a real positive.

The other positive for me is that being forced to stay inside is giving me plenty of time to finish my next mystery, A ROOT AWAKENING, which is due February 1st.

What positives can you pull out of this Snowmageddon?