|As predicted, we are getting hammered by a blizzard in the mid-Atlantic region of the USA, and as most everyone knows, we don’t do snow very gracefully here in the Washington Metro area. We had a prelude to this blizzard two days ago, a little dusting of roughly an inch of snow, and even the leader of the free world, the president of these United States of America got stranded in the nation’s capital beltway. Go figure.
With that in mind, I have been preparing for this, in order of importance: wine, cheese, coffee, bread, full tank of gas in the cars, camping stove, propane canisters to make the coffee in case we lose electric power, and a couple of bricks. Not pavers: good old very dense bricks.
Bricks, you say? Well yes, although we have a gas furnace, it needs electrical power to pump the water that heats the house so, if things get ugly the bricks are to be heated, slowly so they are heated to the core, then wrapped in separate towels – his and hers, you know? – and placed in the bed for warmth. Because in bed is where I will be if things get ugly-cold.
And the birds have food in the feeder and water from the heated water fountain – yeah, quite geeky here – but they are on their own without electricity.
And finally to make sure this thing measures up to the hype of up to 24 inches of snow by Sunday morning, I made a ruler – see the picture – that will tell me how much progress we are making, that is if I am not too cold to look out of the window to my backyard.