We live on the side of a mountain. It’s a beautiful place to live, since we’re just a couple of blocks away from the forest. It also means that we are way up in the snow zone. In our city, it doesn’t snow often, but when it does it definitely snows at our house, and it snows a lot.
A Tale of a Snowy, Icy Day
When my daughter was four years old, it snowed right before Christmas. This was lovely at first, but then it just kept on snowing, and snowing, and snowing. Finally, the cars parked at the side of the road were encased in snow, and the sidewalks were just about buried. The snow was past my hips, and there was no way my daughter could walk in it. Unfortunately, when it snows that much, the public bus that goes by our house stops running and we need to catch it many blocks from where we live. Doubly unfortunately, we did not have snow tires on our vehicle. We were effectively snowbound.
The challenge became even more intense because I caught the flu. This was the fever, chills, and coughing sort of flu, and I was terribly sick. Unfortunately, we were also running short on food, and I had to get to the store. After a few days, when I could walk, I walked down the hill through snowbanks that were over my knees, my daughter on my shoulders, and a backpack for food on my back. I slipped and slid my way through the intersections, praying that cars without snow tires would not hit us. We made it back, coughing, through the snow, and all was well. It was after that time that I resolved to get a lot more prepared.
Getting Prepared for Winter Snow and Ice
Today, I do a lot of things differently. I stock up on easy-to-prepare meals for the times when I’m sick. I can a lot of food so that even if the power goes out, we are still covered. I have a pantry. I have a stock of medicine that I get ready before the winter cold and flu season. I have a network of neighbors who would help us if I asked. I’m far more prepared than I was that day.
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