Snow day number three. Buses were cancelled this morning which meant the kids stayed home.
Last week we had two snow days. Although it was nice not having to pack lunches or backpacks, and it was endearing to hear the kids gleeful cheer at the news of no school, I’m sort of done now.
Now that we’ve gone north and rural, we get the kind of days that take your breath away and make your teeth ache. The last week has included days that leave you house-bound because the roads haven’t been ploughed. Even once they’re cleared, I have my 400-foot driveway to content with, so snow days usually mean pyjama days. Which was great on snow day number one. It was even pleasant on snow day number two, but after the third day, we have reached our limit. Or at least I have.
My house gets messier on snow days. I end up cooking more, refereeing endless arguments, and playing non-stop games. This family of gentiles has spent most of today playing dreidel games.
When my daughter brought the hand-made cardboard dreidel home, the instructions clearly stated candy, nuts or raisins were to go into the pot. But after our third game and the impending sugar surge with the winning round kidlets, we changed the stakes. Our game has turned into dreidel-for-cash, and my youngest has cleaned me out of all my spare change.
On days like today I don’t have a minute to myself, which means I can’t think, which means I don’t write.
The interesting thing about the writing restraint is that I didn’t spend time writing yesterday when I was on my own either, but today I feel utterly compelled to get my hands on the keyboard. More than a little ironic, but I’ll just blame it on the snow and the kids. Really, I think it’s a weird combination of writer’s block and shameful procrastination.
Either way, it was a stretch to even get my blog updated, but I did it. After all, I owed at least that to my wonderful readers since my internet is up and running again.
Another rural tendency – lack of internet – satellite sucks when it’s reaching through acres of trees. But that folks… is another rant.