January Blizzard

| 1/7/2014 12:23:00 PM

Country MoonHere in southern Michigan we’re experiencing “Ion,” the blizzard of 2014 as are many others in the Midwest and northeast. Yes, the sub-zero temperatures are dangerous, the howling winds are treacherous and the snow pretty much brings everything to a standstill.

However, there is a positive side. It forces us to take time for each other. When I was a kid growing up we had a couple winter storms each year. We lived on the state highway M-60, and one year it was so bad that five feet of snow covered the highway. There was no traffic for days. Everyone back then didn’t have snow plows, 4-wheelers with snow blades and the like to open up drives.

Blizzard Snowman

We did it the old-fashioned way with snow shovels. Yes, it would take a whole day, with lots of breaks, to clean out our circle drive. But, it wasn’t so bad. There would always be a couple snowball fights, lots of telling jokes and, generally, spending time together.

Today everyone is so busy. Families have activities planned for nearly every night, with everyone going their own way. Then, there are the smart phones, iPads, iPods, tablets, Nooks and all the other electronic devices that we can’t seem to live without.

Sometimes it takes a blizzard to quiet things down. Our grandsons are learning to play the card game Canasta. This is retro to my grandparents’ age. One night while snowed in we popped corn and played checkers. It was a hoot.

1/31/2014 6:22:47 PM

A terrific post, and I couldn't agree more...the snowstorm does make us slow down, pull out board games, watch old movies, and settle in by the fire to read. We could use more time like this! -Mary, Windy Meadows Farm

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