I spent a chilly and delightful hour this afternoon walking down by the water. Georgian Bay has not only been my summer home but also my winter home for as long as I can remember. I have such a deep fondness for this marvellous and beautiful body of water. It looked so moody and cold as I walked the shoreline this afternoon but I was well-bundled and thoroughly enjoyed my time to commune with the water and with nature.
When I arrived home I was chilled to the bone and was hankering for a cup of tea and, of course, a generous slice of chocolate pie…which I did not have for breakfast this morning! As I settled down with my afternoon delights I booted up my computer and was absolutely thrilled to witness the distinctive red bar flash across the top of my computer screen…a Weather Watch! The whole Georgian Bay region is under a Snow Squall Watch which has the potential to dump 20cm of snow in less than 12 hours.
I am a great believer in being prepared. I take after my mom who was ready to feed dozens of us for days when the century changed almost fourteen years ago. It turned out not to be necessary but my mom was ready for any and every eventuality.
And so, my first thought after the initial ‘yay’ was; I need to get ready. I did enjoy my cup of tea and then sprang into action by heading into town for my own little version of storm readiness; lots of firewood, beeswax candles and groceries (including the ingredients I will need to celebrate the storm with a raw lemon torte).
Since returning home I have stacked the wood box, made an enormous pot of chicken soup from the stock I made in the middle of the night two nights ago, located my flashlight, charged my Kobo and my iPad, downloaded a new book, spread candles everywhere and kept a keen eye on the developing storm.
I’m ready. I’m excited. And I am yearning for a snow day. A day that just wants me to stay inside, drink tea and read my book by the warm and crackling fire.