Funny how we (Tom and Yvonne) remember those crazy winters back in NY - all snow and wind and lots of cold, and how we're now in Colorado where - we've seen very little snow and not a lot of cold.
We like to stroll around the neighborhood and watch the prairie dogs chatter at us - then run like crazy across the fields to get to their little homes, before we...I don't know. Maybe they think we're going to step on'em, or something.
Anyway, I'm watching CNN and the mid-east is getting hammered with a big blizzard. Snow, sleet, wind, and cold. In places that aren't used to it.
I don't want to make light of it - some of our fans and speakers are likely caught up in this blizzard. But, maybe it's a great time to sit back, relax, bundle up if you've lost power, and just let life go on without you. Enjoy some family time together. Walk the dog, take pics and send'em in to us.
When we had an ice storm back in NY, many, many years ago, we lived without power for 2 weeks. As hard as it all was, I don't remember the cold or the discomfort as much as I remember sleeping at our neighbor's one night, in their living room, with a fire blazing. And, I remember when the wind died down and the sun came out the ice covered trees were beautiful. Mind you, it was tragic - all those trees that had to be cut down. But, nature made a beautiful landscape out of it all.
So, keep your cats indoors , it's way too cold and snowy for them outside. If you walk your dog, don't stay out too long, the snow packs up in your dog's paws and could cause frostbite. If you can look at this as a momentary discomfort, and take time to gather the family together for ... board games? maybe your memories will be like mine - full of the intrigue and fun of it all, and not full of the frustration of wondering why, in this day and age, we can't beat Mother Nature!
Honestly, we'll never beat Mother Nature. Get thee to a friend's house to watch the Puppy Bowl tomorrow!