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
- You have free license to hunker up with a good book and a cup of cocoa.
- It’s a great time to snuggle back into bed after a decadent breakfast.
- All those fun things you are always wanting to make time for? Do them now–it’s snowing out!
- Take a hot shower or bath–if a bath, throw in those expensive bath oils you’re “saving.”
- Finish that quilt/scarf/baby booties/whatever you’ve meant to finish before Christmas.
- Watch a good movie. Make popcorn and everything.
- If you’re a trainiac like the Crankee Yankee (my husband), run your train set. Fortunately, these trains can run in the snow.
- Watch TV with the sound off and make up your own dialog.
- 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
- Play your guitar, banjo, ukulele, trombone, piano, drums–just whoop it up.
- Brush the cats. (Hint: wear gloves while doing so–trust me.)
- Strap on your headlamp and read.
- Put a blanket over a few chairs and make a fort.
- Tell ghost stories.
- Eat tuna right out of the can.
- Play a board game.
- Tell jokes; the worst one wins another can of tuna.
- Cut your toenails–you know you need to.
- 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.