Now, it's time to get real.
Here's our checklist:
Ice - Check. About a half inch of the slippery stuff since last night.
Sleet - Big check. It's been sleeting for hours, it looks like the ground and everything else is snow-covered, but don't be fooled by that pristine whiteness. It's that mean bastard sleet.
Our screen door keeps freezing to the frame.
I can touch tree branches I've never been able to reach before, they are shiny and sparkly and heavily laden with ice and sleet.
I'm thinkin' there may be a power outage in our future.
I'm gonna cook up a big pot o'somethin' this afternoon, so we can have a hot meal today.
If the power remains on, that is.
We're all electric here, so no power means no cooking, either.
The estimated snow total for our area has been downgraded to 3 - 6 inches, since the sleet has remained so much longer than expected.
Later, if there's no power?
The Boy and I will be bundled up in multiple layers of clothing, clutching our flashlights...and wondering how we can live without hot water, hot food, the microwave and worst of all...
I hope everyone else in the storm's path remains warm and safe. I know it'll take a blowtorch to get through the ice to open my car door, but I'm not going anywhere on these roads. Even crazy has a limit.
We could read or worse yet, be forced to talk to each other (something we do less of now that we're all plugged in/logged on).
Don't PB&J sandwiches by flashlight sound inviting? We have plenty, you're welcome to join us if you can get here.
I'd say "I'll leave the light on for ya", but I might be lying.