An Inventory of Good Things

We in the Northeast (which, by the way, is fast becoming another tundra) are experiencing another nor’easter; more snow and this time, strong winds as well. Since there’s no going outside while it’s snowing hard, it’s a good time to do an inventory of Good Things.

Yesterday I cleaned out our refrigerator and routed out all the fossilized items that sneakily crept to the back of the shelves. While I was at once holding my nose and cleaning, I started thinking about all the good things about a snowstorm:

Good Things About a Snowstorm When You Still Have Power

  1. You have free license to hunker up with a good book and a cup of cocoa.
  2. It’s a great time to snuggle back into bed after a decadent breakfast.
  3. All those fun things you are always wanting to make time for? Do them now–it’s snowing out!
  4. Bake.
  5. Take a hot shower or bath–if a bath, throw in those expensive bath oils you’re “saving.”
  6. Finish that quilt/scarf/baby booties/whatever you’ve meant to finish before Christmas.
  7. Watch a good movie. Make popcorn and everything.
  8. If you’re a trainiac like the Crankee Yankee (my husband), run your train set. Fortunately, these trains can run in the snow.
  9. Watch TV with the sound off and make up your own dialog.
  10. If you’re into that kind of thing, post pictures of all the snow on line.

Good Things About a Snowstorm When You Don’t Have Power

  1. Play your guitar, banjo, ukulele, trombone, piano, drums–just whoop it up.
  2. Brush the cats. (Hint: wear gloves while doing so–trust me.)
  3. Strap on your headlamp and read.
  4. Put a blanket over a few chairs and make a fort.
  5. Tell ghost stories.
  6. Eat tuna right out of the can.
  7. Play a board game.
  8. Tell jokes; the worst one wins another can of tuna.
  9. Cut your toenails–you know you need to.
  10. Practice making origami animals. Or paper airplanes.

Besides all that, it feels a little like being a pioneer in the old days. Sometimes it takes a snowstorm to make us appreciate all we have, including each other.

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