There are seven states currently bracing for the blizzard of the century and several others that have had loads of snow so far this winter. Unless you are fortunate enough to live in a warm climate you are going to have to deal with snow in some form.
Costume Discounters is located in the Northeast where the predictions are for 18-24 inches of snow (possibly more) in the next two days. Our main concern is safety and preparedness so here are some tips for staying safe as well as some ways to quell the cabin fever you’ll experience over the new couple of days.
Prepare Before The Weather Gets Bad
We learned our lesson with Hurricane Sandy that is it better to be over prepared than unprepared.
- Have enough food and drinking water for every member of your house, including the dog, to last for 4 days.
- Make sure all devices are fully charged and any backup batteries are charged.
- Put fresh batteries in flashlights and hand radios in case of power outages.
- If you have a generator, see that it starts and it is gassed up. Have an additional tank of gas to spare.
- Check the snow blower and make sure that has enough gas too.
- Stock up on firewood
- Get your gear ready – snow boots, hats, gloves, coats, shovels, long underwear, warm clothes and extras of everything because they’re going to get wet.
When The Heavy Stuff Begins
- If it starts snowing during the day, it is best to go out every few hours and shovel a small amount of snow than to wait until two feet has fallen.
- Take it slow. If you are out of breath or sweating take a break. Hand shoveling can be hazardous to older people and those with medical conditions so listen to your body.
- Don’t forget about the cars – dust them off too.
Here is the best shovel in the world.
When the Snow Finally Stops
- Bundle up and get started. Start with the steps and walkway, which are like a warm up then you can tackle the driveway.
- Don’t rush, you’re not going anywhere anyway.
- Stay hydrated. You are using more energy in the cold than you realize.
- If you can, help a neighbor in need.
- Stay off the road until it is safe to drive.
Ways to Cure Cabin Fever
You are stuck telecommuting and the kids have a sick day. What do you do?
Make “Storm Food”
There is nothing like some treats to make being stuck indoors more tolerable. This is the world’s easiest homemade brownie recipe. Anyone can do it.
- 1 stick of butter
- 1/2 cup of cocoa (unsweetened)
- 1 cup of sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 tsp of vanilla
- 1/2 cup flour
- 1/4 tsp salt
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease an 8 x 8 pan. Melt the butter in a bowl and mix in the cocoa and sugar, add the eggs and mix, add the vanilla, salt and flour and stir until just incorporates (don’t overmix). Spread in the pan and bake 25 minutes.
Play “Storm Games”
There is always the possibility that you will lose power and not be able to veg out in front of the TV all day. If you or the kids are not quite ready to grab the sled and hit the nearest hill there should be no shortage of indoor activities to keep you busy. Or, you may choose this as a good opportunity to do something constructive. Have a deck of cards, craft items, dress-up clothes for the kids, board games and such so there is something to please all ages.
If you are over 21 and your are finished with the shoveling then it’s time to relax with a body and soul warming cocktail.
Honey Hot Toddy (adapted from a recipe found in Bon Appetit), Makes 2
- 2 tablespoons of honey
- 8 ounces of hot water
- 2 ounces of bourbon
- 1 ounce of apple liqueur
- 2 strips of lemon peel
- 2 cinnamon sticks
In a two-cup measuring cup, mix honey and liquid ingredients. Stir until honey is dissolved. Divide evenly into two cups and garnish with lemon and cinnamon sticks.