For the last three days I have been comfortably ensconced in the house with Sweet Husband. I’m not sure if you’ve heard or not, but here in the South, we’ve been afflicted with a terrible winter storm. Terrible is relative, and I have lived through winter storms that were infinitely more difficult and prolonged than this one (the ice/snow storm in Louisville in 2009 comes to mind – where the power in my apartment was out for almost a week and we were out of school that entire time and then the 2005 drive home from Reno when there was 8 feet of snow in the Sner’s front yard).
I left school on Monday at 2:45 and after a stop at the Winn Dixie for a few supplies ($74 worth of stuff, mainly breakfast foods because I’m smart like that), Sweet Husband and I settled in. Nothing really happened Monday night, and into Tuesday there wasn’t much happening. That was how it was supposed to work, though. The worst of the weather wasn’t supposed to arrive until 3:00 – 4:00 Tuesday, but that’s when it really all started. Before it was all over, we had probably half an inch of ice here at the house, which in south Mississippi is pure craziness.
This Facebook post from a Father Nathan Monk kinda sums up how I feel about all those folks who are deriding our being out of school for 3 days for a little snow and a little ice. We just aren’t equipped for that kind of weather down here. I was talking to the Sner last week about our Friday experience where there multiple car pile-ups and accidents due to people sliding off the road. Even though there was sleet and freezing rain that entire drive to the Coast, I didn’t feel any slickness on the road. The Sner pointed out that since Josie had come from Reno, she was equipped with tires that were suited for handling such weather conditions and most folks around here likely didn’t have tires for that kind of road condition.
Even with good tires, four-wheel drive and the experience of driving in these kind of conditions before, for two and a half days, we elected to stay safely tucked in our little house with the doggies. Everything we needed, was right here at the house.
I used the time to work on a few sewing projects here at the house that have needed to be finished – the valances for the sunroom, a nursing cover for a friend. And I finished crocheting a baby afghan that one of Sweet Husband’s friends is going to buy. I had intended to work on grades today, but that just didn’t happen. I slept in a little. Because the roads were finally clear and the sun was shining, we made our way out for lunch. And then a wonderful nap.
This “snowliday” has been a wonderful opportunity to just relax. I’ve read a few new blogs. I’ve stayed up too late. I felt accomplished. I’m sure that when they announce the plans for make-up days, I won’t be too happy, but for right now, these three days have been magical.
This weekend I will hate that I made the decision to not do any school work these past three days because I am at a point where I must do school work. But to be able to sit on the couch with Sweet Husband, watch movies, play boardgames, share cocktails, curl up together in the bed mid-week. I’m thankful for this time; it’s been wonderful.
Tomorrow we are back to work for a day, which will seem interminable, but one day will then see two days off. I’m not sure at all how I’m going to make it through next week, which will be a full week of work. First world problems I know.
I hope you’re enjoying your own brand of winter weather!
Snowliday Projects & a sweet puppy…