Sunday, January 31, 2021

The Storm Inches Closer

I am waiting on the snow. I expected to awaken this morning to a marshmallow world of white covering everything. But not. 

One weather forecaster likened waiting for the coming storm to watching a pot of water boil. Other on-scene weather reporters suggested they were all dressed with no where to go.

I have an interesting ritual associated with getting ready for a storm. Remember, we have not had a storm of this magnitude since 2016! In fact, we will be getting more snow during this storm than we have during the last three years combined.

Yesterday I conducted an operations check on the snow thrower--fortunately, it was ready. I had prepared it during December and was confident that it would start and run. But, I checked it and topped off the gas tank.

There was an obligatory trip to the grocery store, mostly for vegetables. 

I made sure that both vehicles have full gas tanks--the extra weight improves traction in the snow while ensuring that a trip to refuel will not be required.

Extra wood was brought into the garage to ensure that the fireplace will be able to provide additional warming heat continuously. 

I believe that Chris and I are as ready as possible. Our neighbors are also happy that the snow thrower is fully ready to tackle the storm. If the forecast is correct, we may actually be snowed in for a day or two until the county can get the street cleared. Our street is definitely a side street and therefore on the bottom of those to be cleared and made passable. Fortunately, I believe my truck has enough clearance to handle 12 inches of snow--time will tell. 

So I am sitting here waiting for the snow. I don't know why, exactly, but probably because there is no football on TV today. Perhaps I will watch the Farmers Insurance Open from Torrey Pines Golf Course in La Jolla, California. At least I will feel warm, although yesterday it was cool there as the golfers were all in jackets.

OMG, Chris just saw a snow flake and did a dance!

-- Bob Doan, Elkridge, MD

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