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Thursday, February 7, 2013

Nemo


It's tangible, the energy of the approaching storm. It's hard not to be a little excited, even while dreading the aching back to follow. At work, the storm was the star of every conversation. I must have checked the weather websites three dozen times.  TWC excels at what someone recently dubbed storm porn, shapely maps with voluptuous numbers and colors spilling over state lines, seductive headlines, and teasing ambiguities. Here in the Northeast, we've been mighty snow-deprived the last few years, and now the promise of an activity-stopping snow is just hours away.



The chickens are tucked in to wait out the snow, the coop bedecked with fresh mounds of pine shavings, food and water topped off and able to last for several more days than will be needed, and a new scratching block has been nestled in to keep them occupied while snow swirls outside. If it isn't snowing hard yet come morning, they'll get a bowl of oatmeal and chopped kale. I suspect TuTu, Olivia & Julia are far more interested in that hot breakfast than in the forecast.



Provisions have been laid in for the chicken caretakers, too. Can one actually have a 10+" snowfall without hot chocolate, Pringles, and tomato-macaroni-and-cheese? And if I actually get a snow day, we'll be pulling out the seed and plant catalogs, spreading them out on the coffee table with post-it notes and lists, the fire dancing and coffee steaming nearby, dogs and cats vying with us for the couch. 


The world feels like it's taking a big deep breath......there's a hush.....and we wait....





9 comments:

turquoisemoon said...

Your weather news has been covered here in the KC area too... We're all watching and waiting.

Robin Larkspur said...

I love your description of the TWC! It is so true. They live for disasters, with their catchy names, theme music, and graphics.
Hope all will be well there in your cozy corner of the world. I am not sure how much we will get from this storm. We have already had a lot so far since January. Hmmm, oatmeal and kale.....yum.

Nancy J said...

Tasty food, supplies in store, let the snow come, you will enjoy it all. Cheers from Jean

Jen said...

Stay warm and safe. Tomato mac and cheese sounds yummy.

Our Neck of the Woods said...

Storm porn! I love it. It's so true. Sounds like you guys are all prepared for the storm. Hope you stay safe and warm!

Michaele said...

I was just saying today how I almost wish we were in the storm's path too. I like the idea of preparations and then hunkering down till it passes. Hope all is well. Let us know.

Raindrops and Daisies said...

I'm wondering if your snow has arrived Ashling?

I hope that the storm passes quickly and that you stay safe and warm,
I like the way you plan to spend your snow day!

Take care

Fiona

From Beyond My Kitchen Window said...

I had a good laugh with your spot on description of TWC. It is still snowing like crazy here in MA. I can't wait to get outside and take my after photo. Stay warm and enjoy all your goodies.

A Quiet Corner said...

Ashling...I was so confused by the media...our local channel referred to the storm as Charlotte...then it was Nemo...however, what I heard was that TWC called it "Nemo"! Regardless, it left us with a LOT of the white stuff!!! Hope you're OK...:)JP