Well, here we are again.
Schools and businesses closed today.
It rained, sleeted, and snowed.
It melted a little then snowed, rained, and sleeted.
What we have now is ice.
Is sleeted a real word?
Thankfully, no power outages in this area.
The rain, snow, and sleet is to continue off and on tonight.
What tomorrow will be like is unknown.
It will be icy in the morning but supposed to warm up a bit
and the ice will begin to melt.
Then the temperatures will drop and all the slush stuff will freeze
and Friday morning will probably be icy but the afternoon temps
should be more seasonal and maybe the ice will go away.
One can hope.
I know the pictures don’t look so bad especially to folks with tons of snow
but all that on the road is ice and that is bad.
Wonder if where I work will be open tomorrow?
Wonder if I will go to work tomorrow even if the store is open?
Nice to have the option to stay home but I do have work to do.
Well, here we are waiting.
There is a winter storm warning issued.
Snow on the way….probably.
Somewhere between 1 and 4 inches.
I know that sounds like nothing to those in Northern climes
but here in the Southern states it is a big deal.
When snow comes to us it brings ice and that is the big problem.
When ice coats the tree and wires they tend to fall.
Then we are without power…no heat or lights.
If it stays off long enough then it means
dead batteries in phones and laptops and tablets.
What will we do? How will we survive?
In anticipation of foul weather schools
and some government offices were closed today.
Today was cold and gray but no rain, snow, or ice.
Now there is rain and snow falling and it is 30* and getting colder by the hour.
I doubt there will be school or working government tomorrow.
I think, if there is snow and ice in the morning I will have the day off.
When I was a kid we did not have all the tech toys kids do today. We did not sit around much and we certainly wouldn’t think of spending the day in the house. Even in the winter we went out to play in the snow. In the summer we would leave the house early and come back for lunch then be gone again until supper and then out again until dark. In winter we spent less time outside because of the cold but most days there would be some time spent in the fresh air of the out-of-doors.
Winter time we made snow forts and had snowball fights, we went sledding, and made snow angels. Of course, we also shoveled snow off the driveway and sidewalks. Shoveling snow was expected of us, it was our job, and no, we did not get paid for it. After all, we were sheltered and clothed and fed for free, the least we could do was shovel a little snow. Or so we were told by the rulers of our worlds, our parents.
Summer was the greatest fun time! Oh, we had chores in summer, too. Cutting the grass and raking and weeding were the biggies. Truth is that was fun too because we did it with our friends and even the chores became games. We played all sorts of games; tag, hide and seek, spud, we jumped rope, hopscotched, biked, played cowboys and Indians, and fort. We spent time exploring the neighborhood and nature. Sometimes we would lay in the grass and watch the clouds, finding all sorts of images in them. At night we would watch for shooting stars and often saw them. Lots of wishes were made on those falling stars.
We rode our bikes a lot. I rarely see a kid riding a bike anymore. Or if they are riding they are with a parent or other adult. I guess in today’s world it is not safe to let children ride and roam and explore by themselves. So sad. They are missing out on so much. Not just fun, but the time to daydream and think about what is important and what is not, the freeedom to figure things out. They miss out on the pure exhilaration of being who they are without adult restraints.
I think that I am glad I was a kid when I was. The world did not seem so scary and I think we laughed more. Life was not perfect but I think kids of my generation had more fun then the kids do today.