The Calm before the Storm

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The bright sun and blue skies have disappeared behind the front edge of the approaching winter storm (I think it is silly to name winter storms, don’t you? Just another way to get everyone hyped up). This is the second time in less than a week that the northeast is again preparing for a huge snow storm. We only got 7 inches here last time- not even enough to close school so I am not going to fall into the trap of panicking and rushing to the store to stock up.  It will already be crowded with Superbowl shoppers so why do I need to compete with them, as well as those who are worried about running out of food before the snow is cleared?

Instead I decided to take advantage of the one “warm” day (if 25 can be called warm) before the frigid air moves back in. My husband and I grabbed our snow shoes and headed out with the dogs.

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The sun gave off enough warmth that we soon had to peel off extra layers. The snow was soft and fluffy and the dogs loved rolling around in it and sniffing or marking in their favorite places. By the time we got back, our legs begged for a rest so any thoughts of reconsidering that trip to the store were gone.

I assessed my pantry and refrigerator to confirm what I already knew.

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We have eggs, milk, cheese, coffee and bacon, yogurt, fruits and vegetables. Plus with all the staples, like tortilla shells, beans, rice, pasta, canned tomatoes and brownie mix we have plenty of options should we have to stay inside tomorrow. Maybe it won’t be fancy, but I can think of plenty of things to do creatively with what we have. Quesadillas, chili, omelettes, soup and salad will keep us satisfied for days.

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So as we get ready to hunker down with our fire and watch the game on tv, I am glad we got our quota of fresh air and exercise, instead of stressful shopping in the crowded store. And now I have tired dogs to cuddle with as the snow falls outside.

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