The tree branches, bare except for a few sprigs of mistletoe, in the backyard are stark reminders that we are still firmly in the grips of Ol’ Man Winter. The breeze, freshening out of the north is coolish, but not yet uncomfortable in short sleeves thanks to the weak warmth of the Sun.
It’s hard to imagine that a winter storm is expected tonight. Snow, 2 to 3 inches, is expected. This is going to make the morning commute treacherous. We, as Southerners, are not accustomed to driving in the white stuff. This, coupled with the fact that a major portion of the interstate highway system being closed for construction should make for some interesting road accidents. I’m sure happy I won’t be traveling to work during this mess!
Already schools have begun to announce closures. The supermarkets will be filled with shoppers gathering their milk and bread supplies in anticipation of the storm. It’s hard to imagine that the average household doesn’t have enough provisions to get them through a day or two of rough weather, isn’t it? But there they’ll be, frantic and wild-eyed emptying the shelves. I imagine shop owners are ecstatic over the increased sales when we get forecasts like this.
So, I’ll hunker down and enjoy the show.
You will tell us how it turned out, Jim? I think there’s a tad bit of Thoreau in your bones the way you are so intimately connected with nature. And those photographs … were they yours? If so, you live in God’s country. Embrace the snow!
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I’ll sure let y’all know how it turned out. The pictures are mine; taken from my back porch. Thank you for your kind words, Jay!