They said it was going to be a big one. And it is. Freezing rain began to fall as we went to bed last night and this morning we woke to find six inches of snow. And the storm continues dumping more snow. No need to even think of going anywhere you cannot walk. Predictions are for ten more inches. And temperatures well below freezing. But we are prepared for it so I'm trying my best to relax and enjoy the fire.
The best thing I can say about this winter storm is that it displaced politics from the "news."
Lucy enjoys the snow but only for brief periods of time.
Unlike us, she does not remember Wisconsin winters.
She takes off running like a puppy.
We worry about her doing Golden zoomies at her age.
But she did enjoy her romp.
It will be several days before we will be able to leave the community. Our roads will be plowed, but the ice and snow will linger on the steep curves, making for treacherous driving.
Our county schools have prepared as well. All middle school and high school students have laptops or tablets and will have work assigned. The elementary school children have "blizzard bags" they previously took home. So all students will have work to do at home and these will count as "virtual" school days and not "snow" days. It seems to be a win-win all around. The students do not have to make up the day and it gives them something meaningful to work on. Students who have Internet access will send their completed work to their teachers. Those without Internet connection and the elementary school students will bring the completed assignments on the first day back to school.
We are hoping that the predictions are wrong and that the snow will end sooner with less accumulation. We have enough, thank you very much.
Our quote is a familiar one by Percy Bysshe Shelley:
Drive my dead thoughts over the universe
Like withered leaves to quicken a new birth!
And, by the incantation of this verse,
Scatter, as from an unextinguished hearth
Ashes and sparks, my words among mankind!
Be through my lips to unawakened earth
The trumpet of a prophecy! O, wind,
If Winter comes, can Spring be far behind?
I know it is early to be dreaming of Spring. But it is late January and the next month is short February and then it's March and Spring. Right?
HAVE A WONDERFUL WEEKEND, EVERONE
STAY SAFE AND WARM
AND HELP YOUR NEIGHBOR