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?


22 comments:

Juanita said...

The positive is at least the snow looks beautiful? Or is that just to people who don't often experience it? I'm down here in "sunny Florida," and while yesterday was sunny, it was the exception. Several days last week were rainy, one was rather cold, and tonight it's supposed to be 20 with a high in the 40s tomorrow.

Good luck not freezing and with A Root Awakening!

Deb Forbes said...

Positive is I got to spend the whole weekend with the hubby doing nothing but reading and making some fudge and chocolate covered pretzels for us to enjoy, while reading and sipping coffee. Also this super cold weather makes for a good time for soups and chili. Kate sounds like you have great neighbors

Nancy said...

All the schools around here have closed, including Wayne State U and probably the community college. So, students and teachers are grateful for that. Our town has declared a state of emergency to clear streets for snow plows. So yes, it's real winter weather and I think I will appreciate the warm times when I can sit on the patio with a cup of coffee and a good mystery. One of your books would qualify!

Kate Collins said...

Thank you, Nancy!

Kate Collins said...

I am so blessed to live in a community of wonderful people. Everyone looks out for each other.

Kate Collins said...

Thank you, Juanita! I have spent a lot of time in the Keys and know how chilly it can get. You're getting a bit of our frigid weather tomorrow, I believe.

Diane LaBrie Leverson said...

Here in Ct. it has been mostly in the teens with below 0 thrown in. With the wind chill factor it has been below 0 a lot of times. This is my first winter with no garage, after 48 years with one. I must say, I don't like it!! I have to go out to clean off the car so they can plow the parking spaces and then move back to my side while they do the other side. To day at 8 am it was 56 and raining. Going down below zero later today and tomorrow. I must say this is a strange Winter. I have been reading. but then I am always reading it seems. LOL Maybe I'm doing it a little more and not running around on errands. I sure will be glad to see Winter end this year..

Dru said...

That it will all go away.

mary kennedy said...

Wow--snowmageddon is right! I love that expression by the way. I echo Dru,.please, someone take this snow/ice/dreary weather away!! And I always worry about any stray animals trying to survive in this brutal climate. My own 8 cats (all rescues) like snowy days because it gives them an excuse to curl up and sleep--not that a cat ever "needs" an excuse to sleep.

Karen in Ohio said...

I'm really reaching for a positive here when I say that the snow provides insulation for the foundation and on the roof, and keeps your house a little warmer.

Other than that, I've got nothin'. Stay warm, dear Kate.

Karen B said...

We're not getting the snow in MN but all schools in the state are closed today. Last time I checked it was -21 with a windchill of -40 something. My house and roof are creaking and crackling.

Aurian said...

You can send some snow to us here in Holland, we are having the warmest winter in history so far. They do predict cold and snow in about 10-12 days, when your weather should be getting warmer.
As long as you have electricity, and warmth and food and water, you should enjoy it some of the time :)

Kate Collins said...

LOL, Drew.

Kate Collins said...

Yep, not many positives in this monster storm, but hopefully you're right about the insulation.

Kate Collins said...

We've got the snow -- 2 feet -- AND the low temps -- a minus 14 right now, noon. The county has declared a state of emergency and closed all roads. The worst day in 20 years but I'm betting it's been longer than that. Stay warm, Karen!

Kate Collins said...

I would love to send you a whole bunch of snow, Aurian! The government has declared a state of emergency and shut down all roads. But you're right, with food, water, and a warm place to live, we should be very grateful.

Anonymous said...

Positive. Still have electricity. :)
Just saw a pic of a STUCK snowplow. Definitely NOT a positive. ;)

Pen M
pmettert@yahoo.com

Laura Thomas said...

I'm on the gulf coast in Alabama and let me tell you, it is cold!! I work outside and my car had ice hanging off of it. I grew up in Michigan and can sympathize with you!

Rachelle21 said...

I have a neighbor that plows the driveway but I still have to dig right behind the car. I positive is that I have read more the last few days.

Kate Collins said...

Stuck snowplow is the opposite of positivity, Pen!

Kate Collins said...

What a weird winter when you've got our northern weather in Alabama, Laura!

Kate Collins said...

As a writer, that's the best positive yet!