Just popping in for another update. I wanted to share this GORGEOUS view from our kitchen window. It was a nippy, teeth-chattering 12 degrees early this morning when I snapped this picture from the warmth and comfort of my house. At any rate, much too cold to go out in one's slippers and jammies, as I found out.
Almost everything (business and school) is still shut down in our little corner of the world. Even the local newspaper is being delivered electronically--by way of PDF. Oh, you gotta love technology! We've actually been house-bound since Friday morning. Because as pretty as it looks, there's a layer of slick ice underneath all this lovliness and driving a car on an ice sheet rivals Mr. Toad's Wild Ride. And not in a fun way.
Living here, in this normally temperate climate, we're not expecting or prepared for this kind of weather and stud-tires and chains are not our usual mode of winter operendi. Maybe it should be. The snow-plows have been working around-the-clock clearing the highways and haven't made it out to the local roads and rural areas yet. In the meantime, everyone's just waiting for the roads to defrost. And it doesn't look like that is going to happen any time soon as it is still below freezing with a possibility of more snow on the way. We are already dipping into our winter pantry stores, making crockpot soup and chili from dried peas and beans. We're running low on fresh produce and eggs, but can make do. I made my chocolate chip banana bread on Sunday. Very good warm out of the oven with French roast. Yum! Being snowed-in isn't all bad.