It’s Snowmageddon here in New Jersey, which means we may be getting at least six inches of the fluffy white stuff tonight. Schools have already been cancelled for tomorrow, so we’re all going to sleep in. In fact, anyone getting up early will do so over my dead body.
I grew up in northern New York, where they laugh at schools that close for a mere six inches of snow. Where I live now, kids are not allowed to go outside for recess if it’s too cold. FYI, “too cold” is in the eye of the beholder, and people from New Jersey tend to believe that “too cold” is a temperature much higher than what upstate New Yorkers consider “too cold.” When I was little, we used to put on our snowpants and mittens and scarves to go outdoors at recess. Not so for my kids.
Winter used to be my favorite season. Just ask my husband–he reminds me (ad nauseam) that I used to say I loved cold and snow and winter. But times have changed and I don’t love it quite as much anymore. I still love watching the snow fall, and I even like to take my dog for a walk when it’s snowing. But I also like to be warm. When I go outside in the snow, I’m covered up so that only my eyes show. I used to hate wearing a coat outside in the wintertime. Funny, my kids are like that now. They flatly refuse to wear winter coats to school. They wear sweatshirts because all of them say that their lockers aren’t big enough to hold parkas. I let them get away with it because I was the same way.
So just what are we doing with our snow day? Well, the kids all have a little bit of homework, so they’ll do that. I’ll work on my book–it’s coming along well. It’s actually set in Hawaii, so even if it’s cold and windy and snowy in New Jersey, I get to spend some time on the Big Island, at least on paper. When we’ve all done our work, we’re going to make chocolate chip cookies. And there are a few games we got for Christmas that we haven’t played yet, so maybe we’ll take those out and give them a try.
I’d like to get some reading done, too. Right now I’m reading Anything But Civil by Anna Loan-Wilsey. It’s the second in her Hattie Davish mystery series, and I’m enjoying it very much so far. Look for a review of the book on my blog in the coming weeks.
What do you think of winter weather, or do you live in a place that is temperate all year? What do you do on snow days?
Until next week,