weather people promised us 5 to 6 inches of snow. It wasn't as if we
didn't know. But we so seldom get snow that we don't really believe
until we see it falling from the sky. Instead of snow, it came as
sleet and ice.
I had plenty of bread, milk and toilet paper - the
staples of southerners when snow is predicted - so I wasn't really too
worried. Also, the storm was coming on a holiday when many things
would be closed. How convenient.
Day 1 - By spending a lot of time looking out
the window at the ice-covered trees and sagging power lines, and
watching the weather news on TV, we got by. At least we still had
electricity, which was better than the thousands who did not.
Thank goodness, I had remembered to buy cat food.
Nothing is worse than being cooped up with a couple of hungry, yowling
cats. My honey was off work for the holiday, and my son was home with
my granddaughter as schools were closed. We had a full house.
Day 2 – The walls were starting to close in,
but the weather showed no mercy. We were able to stay in touch with
the outside world on the computer. A State of Emergency was declared
by the Governor. Boy, this house is really small when you can't go
out. It feels like one of those tiny minimal houses that you read
about on the Internet.
I had an appointment to get income taxes done, but no
tax return is worth wrecking your car and getting injured. We
continued to squeeze past each other in the shrinking house. The pipes
were not frozen, so we had hot water. We still had heat too. The only
thing we didn't have was elbow room. I was starting to feel a little
Day 3 – Will this stuff never melt? The
schools gave up and closed for the rest of the week as the buses couldn't
get through to pick the kids up. By now I felt like Alice in
Wonderland, too large for the house with my head, arms and legs
sticking out windows. I think I am going insane, I thought, as I
stumbled over the dog and knocked a cat off the table.
A loud boom shook the house. I thought the roof had
caved in, but checking inside and outside, we couldn't find anything
wrong. We found out later it was an ice quake caused when underground
water freezes creating pressure in the earth. Who ever heard of such a
Day 4 - Some of the ice was melting. The
sunshine was warm at the end of the tunnel. I wanted to take my car to
the shop, but had waited until the roads were dry enough to drive on.
I hoped my car would start after sitting idle in the cold for four
"Do you want to eat out when I get home from
work?" asked honey, who finally went in to work that day. Boy,
would I love to eat out. Had it only been four days? It seemed like an
eternity. After eating, we stopped at the grocery store to restock our
food supplies. Apparently everyone else had the same idea as shelves
were picked bare.
By the time we got home, the house had morphed back to
its normal size. We had survived the storm and life was good. That is,
it was good until I turned on the TV.
Another snow and ice storm is on the way and we may
have to do it all over again. It isn't as if we don't know it's
coming. But we so seldom get snow that we don't really believe until
we see it falling from the sky.