We are nearing the end of January - and in my mind - we are reaching the half way point in winter 2016.
And what a winter it has been.
I live in the Maryland - and this past weekend we had the worst winter snow storm in the history of the state - in my county we had 32 inches of snow over 2 1/2 days. Crazy crazy weather, because just one month ago in December it was so warm I briefly thought of turning on the air-conditioning.
We had days of warnings and predictions. The reaction was also predictable. HUGE runs on the food stores were reported. Empty shelves, store staff struggling to keep up with the restocking and one story told of a person selling a loaf of bread on Facebook for $10. Good grief. You really only need enough food for your typical week - sometimes less. But panic in this area hits even when one or two inches of snow are predicted. When 2 feet are predicted, the mob reaction is breathtaking.
And then the storm arrives and you are trapped in your house. We had strong winds, thunder, and very very cold temperatures to accompany all the feet of snow that got dumped on us. I always think I am going to get soooo much done while nature does it's worst. I will cook up a huge feast, I will knit tons of things, I will read several books and I will cuddle up on the couch with a dog. I did cuddle with a dog wrapped in a blanket, but mostly I watched the storm rage outside - except for when I was out in it shoveling. My grand dog has short legs. Three feet of snow would be impossible for him. So many many trips with the shovel were made so that I could manage the snow accumulation in smaller bites. I also made sure the birds were fed on my back deck. Food is what keeps them warm during these severe conditions. And I watched a lot of TV. The storm coverage was constant. Images of stupid people who just had to get out in the storm - stuck in their totally ill equipped vehicle were common. Really, those folks should be fined for obstructing roadways. If they had to be somewhere due to the nature of their jobs, they should arrive before the storm and plan to stay over.
I survived the "snow-ma-geddin" of 2016! And we didn't lose power - thankfully. Today it was bright and sunny. I am still shoveling, of course. It will be another day before things are mostly normal.
We are half way through winter and I am keeping my fingers crossed that Mother Nature has expended all her energy on this storm. Please, let the rest of winter pass peacefully. My back isn't as young as it used to be.
Any big weather in your area?