Monday, February 08, 2010

Cabin Fever?


I’m still stuck in the house two days after the big February snowstorm of 2010. So far, I've edited 90 pages of my WIP. I need to plow through another 40 before I pick up moving forward again. But I’m emerging to shovel. I shoveled a path from the front door to the sidewalk. That took 45 minutes. I keep going out to work on the cars for maybe 20-30 minutes at a time. When I was a kid, I hated "snow pants." Now I love having the ones I bought for our polar bear chasing trip to Churchill. Also the arctic boots.

Food's my big problem at the moment. Unfortunately, I'm a good cook, so I keep going into kitchen and making hearty stuff. Spaghetti sauce. Beef burgundy. Ham and bean soup. Real hot chocolate. (Not the mix. You can make real chocolate with Splenda instead of sugar.) Unfortunately, I’ve also got a big bag of cheese popcorn that I opened!


Lucky for us, we’ve got power. (Unlike some families in the neighboring counties.) So there’s plenty of entertainment in here. We have tons of Criminal Minds DVDs to watch. We also just finished the 2nd season of The Tudors."

I’ve been floundering out into the deep snow to feed the birds and squirrels. I'm putting birdseed in shallow pans. Squirrels leap on it. Birds are worried that it's some kind of trap.

Are you part of the great whiteout of 2010? How are you surviving?

Rebecca


9 comments:

Michele Hauf said...

Oh wow! I want all that snow! Here in MN we've only got about a foot (not all at one time; just on the ground). I love huge snowstorms that trap you in the house and force you to read or just do quiet things. Of course, I don't have to drive to work, so many will not agree. :-)

Danielle Monsch said...

This is why I moved to Seattle from Pittsburgh PA a few years ago. Right now we are low 50's and sunny... please feel free to send psychic mutterings our way :)

Kathy Kulig said...

Great pics Ruth, Thanks for sharing. I'm in north-eastern PA and we only got 8" but we're supposed to get hammered on Wed. w/ 18" more. I'm hoping I can take the day off. Don't want to drive in that. Stay warm. Kathy www.kathykulig.com

Bess McBride said...

Okay, Rebecca. How do you make real hot chocolate with Splenda. I'm a hot chocolate addict who has to cut out sugar!!! :-)

Rebecca York said...

I use Hershey's Cocoa powder. I follow the recope on the can, but I substitute Splenda for the sugar.
Rebecca

Jamie Michele said...

Thanks for sharing, Ruth. We, too, are snowed in down here in Annapolis, though perhaps not as badly as you are.

I'm resorting to lentils and TVP for dinner these days, though last night I discovered a pack of two marinated chicken breasts I'd stashed in the freezer. I remember squeezing fresh lime juice and chopping cilantro for the marinade, so I'm very excited for a taste of something relatively "summery" tonight!

Elissa said...

I like the pix, M!

Kathy said...

We didn't get what you have, we didn't get what Dallas had. But the last of the snow that fell Thursday evening into early Friday morning only finished melting off in the sun this morning. Now it's cloudy and gray and windy again. Not supposed to snow but there is a light snow falling out there. I decided if it wants to snow me in tomorrow I won't complain. As long as I can get to work on Wednesday. Question Rebecca have y'all had problems with naything other than the deep wet white stuff? So glad you are safe and sound and not freezing without power and things.

Rebecca York said...

We never lost power. But my sister and daughter both did in the first snow.