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Monday, January 31, 2011


The only way to walk safely today is slowly...with eyes firmly fixed on the ground.

We've got a glaze of ice, with quite possibly more to come. Once the sleet and freezing rain moves out, the weather wizards have warned us of snow that could range up to a foot or more. They're saying it may be a storm for the record books.

Needless to say, this dire news sent people racing to grocery and home supply stores. By Sunday night, the shelves in most places were Old-Mother-Hubbard-bare, as evidenced by photos that were posted on television and social network sites. Food, candles, batteries, generators, ice melting chemicals...anything related to cold weather disaster preparedness quickly left the building.

Today my office closed at noon. That's a rare event and goes to show just how seriously the predictions are being taken. Sprung early from the office, my colleagues and I scurried and skidded to our cars. I think we all felt a bit like kids who'd just seen their school posted on the Closed Due to Weather List. Even scraping ice off car windows didn't dampen anyone's spirits.

It's still not clear exactly how this will all play out. Could we have a true wintry disaster or just another storm in the ongoing saga of our lively winter weather pattern? The next 24 hours should tell the story.

At home things are feeling cozy and relaxed. I'm cooking, getting a few loads of laundry done, and tapping out some words on the computer.

Like Scarlett O'Hara, I'll worry about the weather tomorrow.


Frankie Furter said...

Yes, the Weather folks are sayin this might be the BIG ONE !!!
I think I am gonna get lucky and not get the WORST of any of it.
You stay safe and warm!!! And ENJOY the time home!!!

RYKER said...

I kinda like storms. Light a fire, bundle up and crack open a good book. Hot coca here I come!

PS. Did you see the comment on the last post with the book you might be interested in about liver disease/dogs.

Cozy in Texas said...

We're supposed to have rain, then drop to single digits tomorrow. Might be staying home.

Lynn said...

Stay warm! Hope you don't have to go out tomorrow! I'll be doing the same... and trying to get some writing accomplished! Cute pic of Indy!

Lisa Ricard Claro said...

Stay warm and cozy, and indoors! No place better to be during that kind of weather, especially with your laptop and a good book!

irishoma said...

If we get all the snow and ice the weather guessers are predicting, it'll be a bad one.
I plan to catch up writing and clean out my linen closet if I get inspired.

Tammy said...

That picture made me laugh and gasp at the same time. I think we're ALL walking like that right now! Keeping fingers crossed that it's not the weather disaster they're predicting....

Cat Chat With Caren And Cody said...

Please stay safe and warm! We are waiting for I think the same storm.

Ours is supposed to start late Tues...and go til Wed evening. They are saying a possible 20 inches here in the Detroit area.
We have our cat/dog food, toilet paper, paper towels, candles, food for us....we are ready to go!
Stay safe and snuggly!

Mr. Pip said...

It is supposed to hit us tomorrow night and Wednesday. I guess Chicago is in the eye of the storm. They are even saying that flooding is possible because the winds will be so strong that they will send 25 foot waves from Lake Michigan crashing into the city. This sounds a bit dramatic to me, but this is what they are saying.

Your pal, Pip

Benny and Lily said...

Its the snow that never ends
Benny & Lily

Cattis said...

Just take care of yoursef

Khyra And Sometimes Her Mom said...

I hope woo khan stay safe!

We have the sleet portion of the storm -

Knokhk on a khat's head - or wood - I think we'll dodge much of this one -


Alittlesprite said...

I don't know whats worse, the floods here or your ice storms! Now far north queensland is bracing itself for a very nasty cyclone as well.
Stay safe :)

Pup Fan said...

Is it spring yet? :/

Cheryl, Indiana, Shingo and Molly said...

Be safe and warm out theres!!

Woofs and Kisses!
The Fiesty Three

Dip-Dip and the Bridge said...

Very wise. They always make these dire predictions and scare everybody half to death.
When we had snow you would think we were going to resort to canniblaism any minute the way people stripped the supermarkets.
Stay safe and warm.
Lynne x

Sugar the Golden Retriever said...

Woof! Woof! Indeed SNOWAEGGEDON .. Be Safe. Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

madhu said...

We're in quite the winter wonderland aren't we? It's pretty, as long as you don't have to travel in it!


Canidae Pet Blog Editor said...

Hope you are all safe and warm indoors!

Have you met Therapy Cat Guido, the Italian Kitty? I interviewed him today, cuz' I think he's one cool dude.