We’re getting better at this “named winter storm” thing in New England. Our governors have learned to close limited access highways before six 18-wheelers have skidded off the road, and to keep us off the other roads early, so that plows and first responders can get where they need to go. We’ve also trimmed many trees to keep them from falling onto power lines, and we’ve gotten “how to prepare for a power outage” messages out early.
In short, we’ve learned from the past few years of extreme weather what our parents already knew (and we’d apparently forgotten.) Each household should be prepared for a stranding winter New England storm, with dry and canned goods, a way to heat water and flush toilets, and a way to stay warm. We’re so accustomed to the immediacy of big box and super grocery stores, technical gadgets, and constant entertainment that we’ve lost track of what it means to be self-sufficient. That used to be what New Englanders claimed as their hallmark.
So how did we prepare for a couple of housebound days? We have gas for cooking, so we’re set there. We have large tubs of water in each bathroom and a cooler full of water by the kitchen sink. We did all our laundry, filled our cars with gas, and charged all our phones, tablets, laptops (one has an extra battery and we charged that too,) radios, and cameras. If the power goes out we can still read at night (I don’t keep all my e-books on the cloud). And even if we lose our internet connection, we can watch DVD’s and listen to music. During the day, we have lots of paper books. And I could always get to work on our taxes.
The truth is, we aren’t going anywhere soon. It’s still snowing. The contractor who plows our driveway came yesterday, but he can’t get up our hill yet today, and now there are two more feet of snow blocking our path to the street – too much for even my little all-wheel drive wagon. So we’ll just have to wait for the town to plow a path for our guy, so he can plow one for us.
Hunkered down in our cozy home, whether we lose power or not, we can start a fire in the fireplace, make hot cocoa, and enjoy some rare, peaceful time alone together, just me and my beloved.
Home Sweet Home.
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- Two feet of snow dumped on Northeast (news.yahoo.com)
- Huge storm blankets Northeast with 2 feet of snow (kfwbam.com)
- Northeast blizzard pounds region, leaves thousands without power(darkroom.baltimoresun.com)