It was inevitable. This IS winter in New England, after all, although a strangely mild, low-snowfall one… until today, that is. The storm began this morning with big fluffy snowflakes that accumulated quickly, forcing me – at hubby’s urging – to make an early trip to the grocery store. Even then, the roads quickly became slippery and the gusting wind took my breath away and made the temps feel oh so much colder – the “face freezing” kind of cold that you don’t realize until you come inside and your skin starts warming up with that almost painful, tingling sensation.
Yes, that’s how my morning began: Hello, Nemo – Blizzard 2013! I have no idea when “they” (meteorologists?) began naming winter storms, nor who named THIS one Nemo – or why! But off and on throughout the day, I’ve been hearing and reading rather alarming comments that once again have me asking why I still live in New England, instead of in one of those much warmer regions of the country (oh, that’s right – those areas are prone to hurricanes! I guess it’s a trade-off you have to be willing to make!)
I do know our new puppy is NOT impressed with the cold and snow – as my 31-year-old son put it upon seeing this picture, it’s like poor little Desi is thinking, “Uh huh. And you’re expecting me to do WHAT now?”
Comments about Nemo, such as “record breaking snowfall” – “history making storm” – “blizzard for the history books” – yeah, those don’t bode well for any of us in its path this weekend! To top it all off, tomorrow (2/9) is my hubby’s birthday, and he will probably end up having to do one of his least favorite cold weather activities: plowing! Then Monday, 2/11, is our 7th anniversary, but I foresee no eating out to celebrate either special day, under the circumstances – we may still be digging out on Monday!
The timing is noteworthy, because we were almost in this same situation five years ago – nearly the same time span, across our anniversary and Valentine’s Day. That year, we had steady snowfall for a few days – THEN we had an ice storm and lost power for another couple days. I recall picking up pizza for both celebrations at our local corner store, just a mile or so down the road. We’ll see how it goes this weekend!
I compiled a PictureTrail album of the ice storm – take a peek – here’s one picture from the album:
So how about you? What’s the weather like in your part of the country or whatever part of the world you call home?