The children are most definitely confused. When the word went out that school was cancelled for today, it was yesterday and the scene looked like my first picture. Not a lick of snow, even in the middle of the night when I had to let the Greyhound out. Everywhere in the city people’s phones have been alerting them of an upcoming blizzard and schools are shut down. Possible highway closures loom. Yet, as we speak, at 8:00 in the morning, it looks like my second picture! But, this is Colorado.
Many people think that Denver is a part of the mountains, but it is actually not. The other misconception, fueled by Coors commercials and scenes of Colorado during Bronco games is that we are covered in snow all winter through. A veritable dream land of snow, twinkling under clear blue skies. Everyone skiing to work! Actually, we are in a bit of a drought most years. Our majestic peaks, some hour and a half from where I live, are tipped with snow and the highest mountains are covered. We have a few flurries during the winter and at least one wallop. Which we did not have last year sadly. The wallop is two or three feet of heavenly snow that allows us to sit in our pajamas and drink hot chocolate all day from the comfort of home. No one really worries because tomorrow the streets will be clear and by the next day you’ll never know it snowed. This makes for amazing Colorado weather, unless you are a gardener. Water would be most welcome! (It is illegal in Colorado to have rain barrels. Weird.)
So, even though there isn’t much right now, we could get seven inches (which means a foot out here!) and lots of wind so we can’t find our way. We must decide whether to go open the shop. If the schools are closed, the shops will most likely be closed too and we risk not being able to get back if they close the highway. I am going to plead the case to Doug that we must have a day of pajamas, hot chocolate, and wicked rounds of Rummy and other fun games.
Note to self though; next homestead must, I tell you, must have a well (with water rights) and a wood stove. In the meantime, the coffee is ready, the heater on, the Christmas tree lights are shining, and I have a super secret recipe to share with you. Enjoy it my friends, and wherever you are, take a snow day!
Chocolate Peanut Butter Thingies That Are So Addictive
1 package of graham crackers, crushed to smithereens with a rolling pin
1 stick of butter, melted
1 cup of peanut butter
1 cup of powdered sugar
Mix all ingredients well and press into a cookie sheet.
Melt ½ a package of chocolate chips and pour over graham cracker mix spreading with a spatula or spoon.
Place in refrigerator to set.