18 December 2009

Where's the Panic Button??!!!



" I don't see anything yet ... but I hope you have plenty of cat food in the house!"

Well, last night on the news, the weather forecast said that there was a good chance that we would be getting maybe up to six inches of snow overnight on Saturday.  It was a news story, but it appeared that even the news people thought there were other important stories to report.  However, by this evening, they have changed the predictions to 10-20 inches, that will start falling tomorrow morning, and continue heavily throughout the day.  This, as you may be able to imagine, has sent the radio and TV stations into a tizzy, and they are already providing "Special Coverage - Blizzard 2009."  I had no reason to attempt to go to the grocery store, but needless to say, there were reports of people mobbing them to buy food and other supplies.  

So, what did I do?  I made a batch of Chocolate Crinkles, which turned out well, and made the house smell wonderful!  And yes, I had used some flour and some eggs, even though I knew snow was coming.  Do I live dangerously or what? 

In addition, the city has already declared a Snow Emergency, and the TV and radio are encouraging people to pay attention to whether or not they live on a primary plow route, as well as asking them to check online to see where their street falls in the schedule for plowing.  I don't have to check.  This is because our street is too narrow for a snow plow!  Our street gets "cleared" once everything has melted ...

Granted, I wasn't planning to do any traveling tomorrow, nor do I have to go to work, and I feel bad for anyone who might have problems with things they would like/need to do; I'll keep a good thought for you.  Having been in that situation, I know it makes life miserable and stressful. 

I just wish that people wouldn't act like it's the arrival of the Apocalypse.  It only serves to make a lot of others more nervous and upset, and face it, there's only a certain am0unt that anyone can do about it - much as we might wish it, we can't control the weather. 

On top of which, Monday is the first day of Winter, so I'm guessing there's a good chance it will be a while before we have 75-degree weather again.  Unless Blizzard 2009 is freakishly followed by Winter Heat Wave 2009 ...
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The trouble with weather forecasting is that it's right too often for us to ignore it and wrong too often for us to rely on it. ~Patrick Young

11 comments:

Lynn said...

I LOVE the quote you have at the end. That is SOO true! We get alot of it with just regular storms, let alone hurricanes off the coast of AFRICA!!

We have friends who are visiting NC and they are hoping they will be able to leave by sunday.

Stay warm! and while it's important to have eggs and milk, but YARN is also important for sanity's sake!

Chris said...

Mmmm - you'll be able to eat your cookies, sip cocoa, and knit by the window to watch the snow! You are SO set.

Tracy said...

Hi, Bridget! Thank you for the lovely holiday wishes at my place. We're surprise by all the snow coming to PA--yikes! We hope the worst may be over by the time we get there--LOL! Hope you have a wonderful holiday season! Look forward to seeing in the New Year! Oh, and I loved the piece you wrote that was featured in Interweave Knits Winter issues--fantastic!! :o)

Channon said...

Sis is a little concerned; Monday is my normal "dog food day" so the bin is closer to empty than she'd like, especially with that frozen white stuff everywhere!

KSD said...

Rationing! Ration those crinkles! And establish a clear, fair water usage schedule. Have you got your whistle and your flashlight?

puffthemagicrabbit said...

You tell them!

Quilting Mama said...

The rushing shoppers aren't crazy - they are part of the seasonal French Toast Brigade. What else to you enjoy involving eggs, milk, and bread.

But yummmmy Chocolate Crinkles. I'm envious of the smells and tastes at your house.

Kathleen said...

Riley isn't panicking - we are well stocked with food, treats, and water will come to the building pretty much without fail (the joys of apartment living). And Nick went out to get milk. Snow hasn't started here yet, but they're saying "SOON!!!" Happy Snow Storm to you and your creatures :)

teabird said...

We always do our food shopping on Friday nights, and we were expecting Huge Crowds, stocking up on bread and such. The supermarket was so empty that we got done in about 1/2 the usual time.
This morning, I went to Barnes & Noble, had tea in the sparsely-populated cafe, and I was third on line to buy my book.
Maybe ... maybe people are developing a little sense?
(nah)

Mr Puffy's Knitting Blog: said...

In South Bend we used to have a neighbor plow our street with a tractor rigged up with a small plow. If it looks like the snow won't melt off quickly then you might want to call around and see if you can find someone willing to do that for your street.

Well it isn't all bad. How nice to snuggle in with chocolate cookies and a good book for a few days! Enjoy the lull.

Carrie K said...

You should see how CA acts when it rains. CRAZED.

I loved reading about the Christmas stocking your Dad got you. It was specially for you, you know it was.