Sunday, December 12, 2010
Snow day! We are pretty much socked in with snow today. Sure, we could try to leave, but since last night many roads are impassable, plows are struggling and even police have chains on. The wheel loaders (aka plows) have been on our main streets, but not our alley. All of the neighbors are out with their snowblowers, and someone has cleared our sidewalk for us not two, but three times in between our own rounds of shoveling. Neighbors have gone out with shovels when seeing someone struggle to drive down the street. Everyone is chatting and waving (nothing like a blizzard to make Madisonians chipper!).
Boys are in the alley with neighbor kids digging tunnels, forts and quinzees to play in. All the while the snow continues to fall. Blizzard winds will continue and tonight will be below zero temps with up to 35 below zero windchills. Winter has arrived, and we are all happily tucked in, prepared and enjoying it all.
For some reason those twinkly colored lights in and around our homes look so much more welcoming when the snow is blowing and drifting outside. And the air just smells like pure crystal.
We bunkered down last night with games and comfort. Pokemon and Scrabble battles, dart games, word searches, and lots of snowy books and today has been spent in and out, shoveling and playing, taking breaks from the icy wind - little boys with rosy cheeks and damp snow gear hanging all throughout the hallway to dry out before the next round.
We have warm apple cider with spices simmering on the stove, hot tea, tons of board games, books from the library, the oven warming up, and a whole lot more. Just perfect for being snowed in as the winds kick into high gear and the thermometer drops.