Saturday, January 23, 2016

Major Blizzard Approaching…

Warnings of the approaching blizzard replay ad nauseum as the world around me prepares for the invasion.

Watching and listening to storm forecasts, yet again projected to be of historic proportions, I heave a sigh of resignation, throw off my at-home attire of old, stained but comfortable sweat pants and sweatshirt and don clothing appropriate for walking to the grocery store and confronting high winds – sweater, jeans, jacket, hat, gloves, scarf.

After years of training I instinctively know, like Pavlov’s dog, what to do when the storm stimulus strikes.

It is called the ‘bread and milk alert’ response. Everyone jumps in their car and drives (or walks) to the nearest supermarket, Seven-Eleven, Wawa, Walgreens or CVS and stocks up for the forthcoming crisis - cocooning at home for an indeterminable amount of time.

When did being home for 24 hours or more constitute an emergency? Most of us are lucky enough to have adequate food supplies in the house. Choices may not be the most appetizing or most liked, but would be nourishing, sustaining us until we could make our way to our favorite coffee shop, pizza parlor, pub or whatever...

What did people do before getting their weather 24/7 via TV, web, radio, and phone calls from the local emergency management team? They somehow survived without plentiful quantities of junk foods…
We do not use much milk anymore, and minimize bread intake. So nowadays I take a quick inventory before leaving the house, then purchase necessary supplies of ice cream, one or two other usually forbidden desserts, snack foods, coffee, and toilet paper.

The longer encased inside, the wider my waistline spreads. There must be an algebraic equation there someplace.

The automated phone message from our town’s emergency management team urged us to stock up on flashlight and batteries, candles, blankets, and food. The one suggestion never heard before but heeded is to raise the heat a couple of degrees higher than normal and not turn it down at night. Should we lose power, it will take longer for the house to freeze. A nice thought…another precaution taken is keeping computers and cell phones fully charged.

We do not mind being at home, warm and cozy, hanging out. I would say chillin’, but at our age we do not want to be chilly. No alarm clock waking us for early morning exercise class, no appointments, meetings, or other events on the agenda. Everything cancelled, everyone encased within (hopefully) heated homes.
Hub's favorite blizzard activity.

We read magazines received but not yet opened and books piling up on the shelf, watch movies and missed TV shows, make calls and catch up with old friends, prepare much-loved comfort foods, nap.

We enjoy a day or two of this intense activity before resuming normal routines.

The TV reveals shore towns flooding and evacuations occurring. So far we are safe, but maybe we should pack a suitcase and decide where to go should we leave, although the roads off our island are currently flooded.

Now time for a snack. And hot chocolate… 


  1. I like your hub's favorite blizzard activity. May you all stay nice and warm and cozy.

  2. I love forced inside life if it's just for a day or two. Enjoy the storm!

  3. An occasional glance at the weather channel satisfies my interest in the storms.

  4. Loved your question, "When did being home for 24 hours or more constitute an emergency?" Indeed!! Being without electricity/heat is a real pain, but I don't understand the herd mentality at the grocery stores. Crazy. I understand big families needing extra milk and bread, but don't most folks have enough food stocked to get by? Oh well, maybe it brings back those survivor instincts.

  5. Thinking of you as we watch icy water flooding coastal towns! Stay safe, warm, well-fed, well-rested, and dry!

  6. Hoping you managed to escape the worst of it all. Thinking of you today. :-)

  7. Thought about you with all that coastal flooding. Our neighbor stopped by today o check on us and offer to pick up something from the store. I asked for Milk because e drink it. He says the road is clear from our house around the block. I should be able to get to the gym on Wednesday.