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Snow Day!

Yeah, I knew it was coming. And come it did. About six to ten inches of it, depending on where you lived.

Snow.

Cold, wet, unforgiving snow. We were braced for the freeze. No one could talk about anything else for days before “the event”. The weatherman even had a dramatic name for it, The One Two Punch or something.  It almost seemed like a myth or urban legend. Until it dumped  its evil vengeance.

When I was a kid, snow days were packed with possibilities. Frolicking in the drifts. Sledding down hills. Snowball fights and making snow angels in the virgin flakes. If you’re like me and want to keep all ten fingers and toes frostbite free, you can  hunker down under a blanket and read a good book by the glow of a fire (gas or wood – your choice).  Or sip hot chocolate (peppermint schnapps optional) while you catch up on your favorite television shows.

Back in my day (olden days), we had to wait by the TV early in the morning to find out whether school would be closed or not. Kids these days have got it so easy. Most of them knew the day before that there would be no school. They could sleep in. They’d have an extra day to finish that school project or study for a test.

I found out an hour before work that our office shut down. I got up early. Took a shower. Got dressed. Warmed the car up. But I was relieved I didn’t have to make the treacherous drive. Here’s what I did with the rest of my day. Laundry. Dishes. Writing. Editing. Social media. And I wrote this blog.

What would you do with a snow day? Would you work or play? There is no wrong answer.

30 responses to “Snow Day!”

  1. I’m a snow girl, so I’d be right there shoveling, making snow angels and snowmen and sledding with the grandkids. Only when my toes were froze would I come inside and cuddle up with a book or my laptop.

    SIGH. Sadly, PA, hasn’t got it’s share this year, but I’m okay with it, this year. I don’t care what Phil the groundhog said last week. I haven’t seen robins yet, but my daffoils and tulips are springing. The lilac bushes are budding and we’ve seen geese flying north.

    Happy FAT Tuesday!

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    • Kelly Fitzpatrick says:

      When I see the daffodils poking up through the dirt, I know everything is going to be okay. Love spring.

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  2. liz talley says:

    Well, being that I rarely see snow, we’d be playing in it. We’ve had one good snow since my kids have been born. Yes, the oldest is 12, and it was two years ago. Gosh, I wish there was some way to load some pics here because I would totally share the absolute joy on my kids’ faces. They pray for snow every year…and we don’t get it. Except that once. And it was freaking fantastic! Snowball fights, snowmen, trekking over to our neighbors for another snowball fight. And then, it was gone.

    We won’t get any this year, but maybe next year. Enjoy your snow!

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  3. Hope Ramsay says:

    To be honest I’ve had my fill of snow. Not this year, but over a lifetime. I lived in Buffalo for a while and we had snow every day, and the University never closed. I almost got frostbite walking to class one morning when the temps were 5 below (God knows what the wind chill was) just to take a final exam.

    And if it never snowed again in Washington, DC I would not miss it. People here behave strangely when the snow flies.

    No, I am utterly content with the unseasonably warm weather. The robin I saw in my yard yesterday. My early blooming daffodils are already above ground and swelling. They will bloom before the first week of march. The pansies I planted last fall are looking nice. And a few days ago (when it got up to 60 degrees) some of the forsythia in the sunny patch decided to bloom.

    Please, snow angels, stay away from me…

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    • Kelly Fitzpatrick says:

      I’m with you. If you can stay inside and watch the pretty snow from the warmth of your home, Let It Snow. But they tell me we needed the snowfall for our water supply. Now we too are experiencing weirdly warm weather.

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  4. laurie kellogg says:

    I either like to read or to cook on snow days. Turning on the stove and oven warms my kitchen up. The only problem is I frequently don’t have the ingredients for what I’m itching to make.

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  5. Diana Layne says:

    Given it’s like spring here this winter…snow days are only a fantasy. I like the idea in theory but in reality they are so cold! And of course, the kids want to run out and play and come back in a few minutes later wet and shivering–we are rarely prepared with proper jackets, gloves, etc. But if I were fantasizing, I would sit by the fire and alternate reading and writing. Hm, that’s what I do most days anyway, lol.

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  6. Kelly Fitzpatrick says:

    We don’t have enough snow plows or sanding equipment because we rarely get snow, so we are unprepared too. But, yeah, I did what I always do – write. Rain or shine. Sleet or snow. I’m like the postman of writing.

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  7. We had a foot of snow in October for our granddaughter’s first birthday. Needless to say, big party went bye-bye for a bit, but it was 40 the next day, so I didn’t have to shovel! Yay! I love the beauty of snow, the soft silence of it. The work? Not so much. And yes, when it snows, I hunker down and am usually sitting right where I’m sitting now, but like Laurie, I tend to cook. A roast in the oven, snow on the roof, warm slippers, and hot coffee. That so works.

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    • kelly fitzpatrick says:

      Sounds peaceful. We always run the risk of power outages due to downed trees. It’s always a good idea to have ready to eat food on hand.

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  8. Derek Foster says:

    I had 3 snow days HAHAHA

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    • kelly fitzpatrick says:

      That is because (1) you are a very important person (2) your car is too Precious (she says in her Golum voice) to take out in treacherous weather (3) you probably had hours of TV to catch up on. Thanks for stopping by, Derek.

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  9. We’ve had a very mild winter this year (thankfully). The past few years, though, we’ve had anywhere between 5-10 snow days. The kids love it, and it does ease some of the pressure of getting them to school (all that bundling up and finding mittens, etc.), but with them home all day, it means I get to entertain them, and make up writing time later. 😛 And usually, hubby takes off to ski for several hours, so yep, just me and the kiddos. It’s fun to see them enjoy it, though.

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  10. Elisa Beatty says:

    Sigh—I wish we got snow here in the Bay Area. We did have heavy hail one evening last year that actually built up a small snow-like layer on our cars and lawns.

    My kids were out making hail-balls and throwing them joyfully for the fifteen minutes before it all melted….

    I used to LOVE snow days as a kid in PA. We lived by a huge golf course, which was a sledding paradise…and we could skate on the frozen water hazards. Pure bliss!!!

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  11. Rita Henuber says:

    I can only harken back to my days living in the Midwest. School snow days were few and far between. Work snow days were well I think in all the time I lived there I could count them on the fingers of one hand. I worked in a seventeen story office building and the director would say everyone had to come to work unless the snow was up to the second story windows. Needless to say a lot of people took sick days. Stay-at-home snow days were lazy days. Hot chocolate and soup days. One year when my children were all in elementary school there was a severe ice storm. Something like 4 to 6 inches of ice and the kids ice skated in the street.

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    • Kelly Fitzpatrick says:

      And that is the reason I never call in sick…I’m saving up for a snowstorm day. Although I tell myself that driving in the snow isn’t worth dying for, I still got out and risked life and limb (my husband’s too) and made it to work on one of the snow days. The third day I drove myself and it was nasty and slushy. Today…the sun is out. Spring is in the air and I might not even need a coat. Weirdness.

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  12. Oh man, this brings back the memories. I love snow days! Always have. Where I live in NM, we don’t get many, so they are very cherished, at least by me. I love to snuggle in a thick blanket and read on snow days, but anymore, I”d most likely work like any other day. Since I work from home now, I don’t’ have much of an excuse. But still! I’d fit snuggling and reading in there somewhere. 🙂

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  13. Lyn says:

    I love snow! We had some here on Sunday so chapel was cancelled, (Over here, six inches and the country slides to a halt! 🙂 ) My horses are several miles away so I was thankful the roads were OK although we do have a SUV. We went to them early just in case, but they were fine. They have their blankets on, a shelter bedded down with straw and all the hay they can eat. I felt their ears and they were nice and warm. Came home, had a hot fruit punch and then back to the keyboard!

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    • kelly fitzpatrick says:

      I love it too, Lyn. On a postcard or on the mountain tops in the distance. I’m glad your horses were okay. My dog was not a fan of the white stuff.

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  14. Vivi Andrews says:

    I love snow – which is good, living where I do. We’ve gotten a ton this year (record year!), and everything looks gorgeous covered in it, but as for what I do on snow days… same thing I do any other day + clearing the driveway. They aren’t quite as much of an event here, I think.

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