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Ready for Anything

Are we facing Snowpocalypse this weekend?  Rest assured, your blogiste is ready.  Ok, sorta ready, since I’m working on my book I have to rely on husband, Phil-the-housemate and children to move a buttload of wood inside, and we do have to pick up more baby formula, but otherwise, we’re ready to hunker down here and toast marshmallows while the world undergoes…what exactly?

Current forecasts place the total amount somewhere between 2.6 and 29.3 inches.

Such is the maddening, exhilarating unpredictability of weather patterns on this rock-and-lava spinning blueberry we call home.

…The third model, the RPM (Rapid Precision Mesoscale), is calling for a staggering amount of snow: almost thirty inches in New York City. If this turns out to be correct, society as we know it will crumble. The wealthiest members—those who can afford to eat out every night—will starve in their stairwells, while those capable of whipping up a Thanksgiving feast from a few packets of Ramen, some sriracha, and a cat that died of “natural causes” will emerge as chieftains; perhaps even gods.

Nyah nyah, I have six cats, and three of them are really old.  I’m going to live through this one, baby!  Unless, of course, the cats are conspiring with the dog to take us out and survive by devouring the household humans, which is also possible.  (Rubeus, pretending to be asleep on my lap gives a one eyed “who, us?” thing when I pet him, but I’m not fooled.)

More seriously, the good news about being prepared all the time is that you can go back to your book and forget about the uncertainty.  Moreover, homemade quince paste, goat cheese and peasant bread are way yummier than elderly cat.

Sharon

Comments

  1. #1 Annie Kelley
    USA
    February 7, 2013

    LOL…thanks for the laugh (she says, nervously eyeing the cats circling her chair….)

    We’ve got rain, but temperatures in the 50′s. That’s almost as weird as 30 inches of snow, for us.

    Enjoy the downtime, Ms. Ready-For-Anything !!!!

  2. #2 Eric Lund
    February 7, 2013

    Thirty inches of snow would not be a record where I live (New Hampshire Seacoast). In March 2001 a storm dropped 32 inches at my house and as much as 40 inches about ten miles west of me. We didn’t have a breakdown of society then. I have to do some grocery shopping tonight, which I would have had to do anyway, but getting through this shouldn’t be a problem. The current forecast from Weather Underground calls for up to 34 inches at my location through Saturday afternoon, but as there is currently no snow on my roof, that should also not be a problem.

    Cape Cod and Nantucket look like they will get the worst of it. Maybe not as much snow, but gale force winds with hurricane gusts, and storm surge flooding in addition. (I’m far enough inland to not worry about storm surge, and the predicted winds drop rapidly as you move inland.) If they lose power, it will probably be out for a while.

  3. #3 Sharon Astyk
    United States
    February 7, 2013

    30 inches wouldn’t even be remotely near our maximum – three years ago we got 4 1/2 feet (53 inches) of snow. That was a bit much, but we didn’t eat the cats.

  4. #4 Stephen B.
    February 8, 2013

    Snow storm?

    I didn’t hear anything about a snow storm. ;-)

  5. #5 Stephen B.
    February 8, 2013

    I grew up in the suburbs of Boston and experienced the storm in ’78. We got about 36 to 40 inches in Westwood…yeah, a lot, but some storms have come close since then, and at Logan, have surpassed the Blizzard. It wasn’t just the snow, however, but the gale and hurricane force winds for nearly 36 hours that pushed the snow around endlessly, making what plows were out, plow some snow again and again. Then there was the substantial coastal flooding and housing destruction, in some places equal to what Sandy delivered to the NYC area, and lastly it was the fact that a monster storm wasn’t predicted until about 8 hours before the first flakes flew, catching many at work or school, since relatively few people caught the TV or radio news that morning.
    This coming storm will find most everything closed ahead of it. Unless the storm delivers another serious blow to oceanfront areas, even a repeat of 78′s heavy snow and wind will most likely be dealt with in a superior fashion to years ago. I must say that I found that week off of school with all car travel banned to be one of the most interesting weeks of my life – but my house wasn’t reduced to rubble nor did I know anybody hurt or killed, and there were quite a few such unfortunate people, back when.

  6. #6 Brad K.
    Ponca City, OK
    February 8, 2013

    I don’t know. Mom made a teryaki marinade that was wonderful with sirloin, It might do well, with “natural causes” cat, too.

    1 c. soy sauce
    1/2 c. salad oil (Mazol corn oil, in my youth)
    1/4 c. brown sugar
    1 Tablespoon minced onion
    1 teaspoon garlic powder.

    Mix together, pour into glass baking dish, lay in sirloin cuts. Refrigerate 24 hours, turning (and coating!) steak a couple of times. Does well for barbecue.

    And I *like* chicken ramen noodles with a short can of beans and wieners. It is almost like bean soup.

    Blessed be!

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  9. #9 Teresa
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    February 8, 2013

    Embarrassed to admit that I forgot to pick up more allergy medication yesterday and had to run out as the first flakes began to fly this morning, joining the panic-stricken multitudes. Otherwise, we’re good here and rather looking forward to a few days snowed in. Reminds me of growing up in the Finger Lakes, where this would be NORMAL.

  10. #10 Greenpa
    http://littlebloginthebigwoods.blogspot.com/
    February 8, 2013

    Just don’t burn up all the furniture and then freeze stark stiff!

    I’ll see your old cats, and raise you a dead horse. She got pretty skinny before passing on- but boy, there’s a lot of soup bones.