Hi there everyone! It’s a storm day Friday here on PEI. The whole Island is shut down, even UPEI, and that’s a rare event to cancel university here. So far, we have a lot of light, fluffy snow but not much wind. But 80 km/h winds are predicted for this afternoon so we’re expecting blowing snow and whiteout conditions.
Maybe you’re wondering what Islanders do when we’re expecting a storm?
1. First we make sure we have plenty of food. There is always a run on the grocery store when there is a storm warning. Not that anyone is panicking. There’s a lot of friendly talk in the long line ups – generally about the coming storm: how much snow is expected, how high the winds will be, road conditions, comparisons to past storms. Islanders love weather talk!
Roger and I got our groceries last night so that’s checked off the list.
2. Next stop? Well for me it would be the library ~ for others, the movie rental store. I have a lovely stash of library books. One that I’m really enjoying is First Light by Rebecca Stead. An engaging story.
Rebecca Stead is also the winner of this year’s Newbery Award for her book When You Reach Me. Our library doesn’t have a copy of it yet, but I already have my name on the request list.
3. Of course, my beloved always has to make sure that we run off extra water just in case the power goes off. And the woodboxes need to be filled to the brim with wood so he doesn’t have to head out to the woodshed in the height of the storm.
I gather up the candles and make sure the kerosene lamps are filled. We have a flashlight that plugs in so it’s always ready to go. And a wind up radio so we can hear how long the power will be out. We always enjoy a power outage as long as it doesn’t last too long. It’s cozy with the fire and the flickering candlelight.
4. I’m planning to make a little progress on this winter past-time. I usually pick away at a puzzle each winter. They say it’s good to head off Alzheimer’s 🙂
5. The wind hasn’t started blowing hard yet. So if you’d like, you can come on over. We can be storm-stayed together! The kettle is always boiling on the woodstove and I have two new delicious teas to offer you.
Ginger, Peach and Apricot by the Boston Tea Company – a bright, fruit-flavoured black tea
Tetley’s Dream herbal tea ~ I was surprised by the strong flavour burst in this herbal tea. A lovely camomile lemon!
Well . . . the door is always open!
Thanks so much for coming by ~ even if you could only manage a virtual visit! And thanks to Suzanne for hosting our weekly get-together at Living to Tell The Story.
I’m leaving you with a picture of a gorgeous Island winter sunset that I saw at my mil’s home last week.