Wow! You get any snow over the weekend? I have to confess the first, or maybe a few thereafter, is awesome. Saw kids out sledding and creating their individual snowmen for all passer-bys to gaze at and it reminded me of what fun snow is.
Remember the snow angels we use to make? The ice skating? Clearing the ponds of the snow and then that first skating session of the season? The bundles of clothing so thick you felt like an abominable snowperson? Remember the daring slides down hills that some people (NOT me
!) can hardly walk down now? (and hubby hasn't gone down that monster hill yet!) I use to even love to make my car skid on slippery roads.
It's easy to forget. I hate traveling on bad roads! I don't care much anymore for the frozen feel of fingers and feet! Laugh. Why didn't we feel that when younger? Did we just not care? Or did the blood flow faster?
Why does working on my manuscripts, reading, enjoying my fireplace, and inside activities attract my attention more now? Why, when I do go outside, does it take me 30 minutes to work up some enthusiasm? Why is it more fun to watch the lazy quarter-sized flakes falling then to go outside to taste them? What happened to my taste for snow ice cream?
Ah, don't tell me I'm getting old. I don't wanna hear it. I think it's just a different season of my life. I've advanced to a new realm (or whatever they call it) of my life.
Most of you will know these things, but they are great for those who have to drive in the winter (who doesn't?). Just a few ideas to keep you safe:
Take an extra minute to clear all the snow and ice from your car. This will help avoid sheets of ice flying off the car and hitting the car behind you. Check that headlamps, turn signals, and tail lights are unobstructed by snow and ice
These are a given. Be prepared for the unexpected emergency...always carry a First Aid kit, map, ice scraper, snow brush, matches, candles, flashlight, warning triangles, flares, tow and battery jumping cables, folding shovel, a bag of sand, a blanket, winter gloves, cell phone if you have one, and an emergency HELP sign that you can put in the back window if you need help.
A blanket is a good idea--just in case. If you have any winter clothes you don't wear anymore, especially an old pair of boots, throw them in the trunk, too. (I love this idea!)
It's also a good idea to take along some extra water, for drinking and other uses. Non-perishable snacks are great to have, too.
Keep all your car's windows, mirrors and lights clear of snow and ice.
Always keep the air intake grill free of snow and ice.
The fountain of beauty is the heart, and every generous thought illustrates the walls of your chamber. --Francis Quarles