Thursday after work I headed to the grocery store along with most other people in town. The weather forecast featured eerie photos of ice storms past--fallen power lines, stranded vehicles. Warnings urging preparedness boomed from the radio and TV almost constantly. This is not just a bread and milk kind of preparation the announcer proclaimed. We should have batteries, blankets and candles in great supply. Things were about to get really ugly. I write this mid-day Saturday. Still no ice...but it is coming they say. Meh. Maybe, maybe not. Either way I set myself up for a weekend of no commitments, a weekend at home. And there are the first two items of my list of Ten Things of Thankful. Add the lack of actual ice, the company of people I love, and the continuation of power and you have five thankfuls right off the bat.
I wrote letters by hand and sent them in the mail yesterday, slowing my pace and really thinking about the old friends who will receive the letters.
I have soup bones simmering on the stove while I write. Something healthy, warming and tasting like home will come of that.
It is a long weekend. Monday we pause and consider the difference an individual with wisdom and a gift for motivational speaking can make by inspiring others and moving our country towards positive change through nonviolent means.
I think I will make a cup of hot chocolate topped with a dollop of homemade whipped cream. Sipping the sweet, hot liquid I will send up a little prayer for all the goodness that surrounds me as I sit snug in my little house waiting for the ice that may or may not come.