“Nature has no mercy at all. Nature says, “I’m going to snow. If you have on a bikini and no snowshoes, that’s tough. I am going to snow anyway.””

Naming hurricanes is a long time tradition, but now we have to name blizzards. Juno is the one we’re braced for now. As for me, I espouse keeping the snow at a distance. Giving it a name seems to personalize it too much.

We have been told to prepare for the probability of losing electricity. The last time that happened during a snow storm my house got down to 37˚. I can’t think of many more ways to prepare. I have food which doesn’t need to be cooked, and when Gracie and I do a couple of errands, I’m going to add tomatoes and avocados to the larder. Everything is charged though the charges won’t last all that long. I have a lantern but I need a few more batteries. Burning wood to keep warm is almost futile as most of the heat goes right up the chimney though I love the look of a good fire. My father always called a strong and long-lasting flame a Hollywood fire. I still do. The snow won’t start until late this afternoon, and by then we’ll be home, warm for the meantime and the bird feeders will have been filled, my only other chore for the day. I’ll turn up the heat to warm the house as much as I can. It will be tropical for just a bit.

When I was a kid, snow like this was perfect to build forts and caves. The forts had protective walls to keep the snowballs at bay. The caves had rooms, but we used to have to crawl in and out the door. We’d bring something to sit on between us and the snow, and we’d pretend the cave was a house of sorts. I remember bringing my sandwich and having lunch in the dining room of our cave. The best cave we ever made was huge. It was built in the pile left by the plows. We used water to ice the ceiling and walls so they’d be firm and last a long time. Eventually snow melts, but parts of my cave lasted until almost spring. It was the only snow left.

If I don’t post tomorrow, you’ll know why.

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28 Comments on ““Nature has no mercy at all. Nature says, “I’m going to snow. If you have on a bikini and no snowshoes, that’s tough. I am going to snow anyway.”””

  1. Birgit Says:

    Your upcoming blizzard has even made it into our news, let’s hope Juno won’t get famous. Good luck!!!

    • katry Says:

      I heard the same thing from my friend in South Africa. Your comment and her e-mail make it even scarier.

  2. im6 Says:

    One last bit of advice:

  3. Hedley Says:

    Fingers crossed Kat. Watching and hoping in Michigan.

    • katry Says:

      Thanks, My Dear Hedley!

      It started snowing an hour ago. Already there is a thin layer on branches and lawns.

  4. olof1 Says:

    I do hope it won’t be as bad as they predict! But they usually are when it comes to really bad weather 🙂

    I know You aren’t allowed to use kerosene heaters but what about LPG heaters? Anything must be better than nothing 🙂 37F is nasty cold indoors.

    It has rained almost all day here but it looks as if most of it missed my part ov the village. The road was still snowy white instead of icy as it was in the beginning of the village. So my dogs were clean when I came home instead of muddy as they usually are when the rain comes.

    They did tell us that we finally would get winter and a nasty one too, two weeks ago, well it’s still around 32F plus minus a degree or two and I must say that if bthey think this is a nasty winter I don’t know what they would call a real cold one 🙂

    Take care in the blizzard!

    • katry Says:

      I believe we can use indoor gas heaters, but I never gave it much thought this winter as we have had so little snow. This storm is making up for it.

      Rain this time of year can be so dangerous if the nights are cold. I saw the result the other morning.

      I’m sorry that winter is coming back for you, but I do I always think of you and snow this time of year.

      Have a great evening!

  5. splendidone Says:

    I am thinking of you and the critters, glad you have food and if it gets that cold again, all of you get in that bed and snuggle up really good.

    • katry Says:

      Many thanks, splendid

      It has been snowing since 1 o’clock. The wind is starting to ramp up, and the boughs are swaying. We are only due to get 18, ONLY!!

  6. Jay Bird Says:

    A warming thought as the blizzard howls around you… Sox’ pitchers and catchers report to spring training in 25 days!

    • katry Says:

      Thanks, Jay.

      I’ll need that warming thought. I’m watching the news specials which said 400,000 people could lose electricity for up to a week in the worst case. I swear that is always my area.

      Now you have me dreaming of warm sunny days and Fenway Park!

      • t gibons Says:

        Bundle up under all your quilts, Kat. You and your critters are in for a bumpy night. Hope it will be ok for you. Having gone through 6 days without electricity following a horrible ice storm a few years ago—I feel your pain! Living out in the country no electricity means no water(well). The horses do need abit of liquid now and then. Not to mention dogs and their humans. I had just enough to get by. It was a mess.

        Thoughts are with you. Hope to hear from you tomorrow.

      • katry Says:

        t gibons,
        I can’t remember how long my electricity was out the last time, but my house was so dark cold. Luckily I don’t have well water so that is never an issue, but lots of people down here still have it.

        Gracie will not want to go out. I was amazed how long she lasted the last big snow storm before she needed to go out. I finally went out and knocked the snow off the steps with my feet. I figure I’ll have to do that again.

        Thanks for the kind thoughts. I figure I need them!

  7. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    Isn’t it only The Weather Channel that names winter storms? They do it because they want the storms to be more interesting to people. If someone isn’t where the storm is or doesn’t have family there, they are probably not going to be interested even with a name.

    Nothing is happening here at the moment. There were a few flakes in the morning. Around lunch it looked like there was some serious activity with small flakes falling thickly. It stopped. Now there are a few flakes drifting slowly by. Nothing accumulating yet.

    Reports on FB show empty milk shelves in a couple of the grocery stores here and at least one gas station is out of gas.

    Hunker down and stay warm and safe. I’ll be doing the same.
    Enjoy the evening.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      I have seen the names in the papers and on TV local news so they too adopt the names.

      The snow started at 1 but there really isn’t much on the ground yet. Gracie just went out and didn’t hesitate to go down the steps. If the snows gets too high, she won’t go down the stairs. They said on the news the coast should take quite a hit from this one. Just what we need!

      I have plenty of food for all of us, and I bought some great stuff, tasty treats for me and the critters.

      I am wishing we both stay warm. You and the dogs stay safe!

  8. Bob Says:

    Good luck Kat! Hopefully the strength is overblown and it will not be an event that knocks out power. I don’t want to make you feel any colder, but today the sky is clear, the wind is light and the temperature is in the low 70s.

    • katry Says:

      Thanks, Bob

      From all I have heard, they are not optimistic about the power. The snow is going to be quite heavy and wet, just the right formula for knocking down power lines.

      I’ll return the favor of telling you my summer temperature as you swelter. It’s only fair!

  9. im6 Says:

    If you get some crazy idea about going outside to let Gracie do her business or decide to make a run for the newspapers (assuming they get delivered), be sure to wear your snow shoes!

    • katry Says:

      You know me too well. I would help Gracie get down the steps, and if I can see the papers, I’ll plod through the snow to get them.

      This is great. I’d forgotten how much I like Little Richard.

      This is like the soundtrack of my life.

  10. Morpfy Says:

    Something for SUPERBOWL munchies

    Potato Skins Recipe
    • Prep time: 10 minutes
    • Cook time: 1 hour, 40 minutes
    • Yield: Serves 4 to 6
    • 6 small to medium sized russet baking potatoes (total 3 pounds)
    • Olive oil
    • Canola oil or grapeseed oil
    • Kosher salt
    • Freshly ground pepper
    • 6 strips of bacon
    • 4 ounces grated cheddar cheese
    • 1/2 cup sour cream
    • 2 green onions, thinly sliced, including the greens of the onions
    1 Scrub the potatoes clean then bake the potatoes using your favorite method, either oven or microwave. If using an oven, rub with olive oil and bake in a 400°F oven for about an hour until the potatoes are cooked through and give a little when pressed. If using a microwave, rub all over with olive oil and cook on the high setting for about 5 minutes per potato. I have found that baking the potatoes in a conventional oven yields potatoes that are easier to work with (cut and scoop out), the potato seems to adhere to the skins a little better, but there is hardly a discernible difference in the final product.
    2 While the potatoes are cooking, cook the bacon strips in a frying pan on medium low heat for 10 to 15 minutes, or until crisp. Drain on paper towels. Let cool. Crumble.

    3 Remove the potatoes from the oven and let cool enough to handle. Cut in half horizontally. Use a spoon to carefully scoop out the insides, reserving the scooped potatoes for another use, leaving about 1/4 of an inch of potato on the skin.
    Increase the heat of the oven to 450°F. Brush or rub grapeseed oil or canola oil (or another high smoke point oil) all over the potato skins, outside and in. Sprinkle with salt. Place on a baking rack in a roasting pan (don’t use a cookie sheet, it will warp, use a roasting pan or broiler pan that can take the heat). Cook for 10 minutes on one side, then flip the skins over and cook for another 10 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool enough to handle.

    4 Arrange the potato skins skin-side down on the roasting pan or rack. Sprinkle the insides with freshly ground black pepper, cheddar cheese, and crumbled bacon. Return to the oven. Broil for an additional 2 minutes, or until the cheese is bubbly. Remove from oven. Use tongs to place skins on a serving plate. Add a dollop of sour cream to each skin, sprinkle with green onions.

  11. Marie Says:

    Surprisingly, no snow here (for now.) I’ve always found snow storms very exciting though (as long as I’m cozy in my nest.) Hope you don’t lose your electricity, Kat!

    • katry Says:

      I can handle the snow despite the amount but losing electricity is the worst thing of all because I lose the heat. It seems probable from all the reports, but it won’t happen until I’m asleep as the heaviest snow is due after midnight.

      I wish you some snow so you can enjoy a bit of excitement!

      • t gibons Says:

        Gracie will be just fine. You let her get down the steps. The new pup seems to know his bladder. I’m thinking Grace does too. If you must–
        Hang on tightly to the rails . The last thing you need is to fall.

        I’m having a glass of wine. Join me?😊

      • katry Says:

        t gibons,
        Yes, I’d love to join you. Wine is perfect for an evening like this.

        Gracie will not go down the stairs to the yard if they are filled with snow. She almost fell down three steps which made her wary. If she went on the deck, I would totally understand.

  12. t gibons Says:

    Shiraz is my wine of the evening.

    Toast to you and your critters.

    The ice storm was horrible. Trees snapping and crashing all night long. Sounded like a war zone..

    The next morning was beautiful tho. The sun Shining through all that Ice.

    No electricity…. no warmth nor water…..yet the trees of diamonds were lovely……………..

    • katry Says:

      t gibons,
      I remember that storm and the pictures of the trees and houses and how long it took for the electricity to be restored in some towns.

      Gracie just went house. She made it down the steps covered in snow. When she got to the ground, she slouched down thinking sh’ed be pelted with less snow that way. She did her business quickly and hurried inside.

      We are still in the early part of the storm. That boggles my mind.

      Sadly, I am not much of a red wine drinker.

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