Organizing Theory & Artistry

Spring Snow

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A few scenes from the “snowquester” at our house.

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At one point, the power went out for several hours, testing our emergency preparedness capabilities. The supplies we ended up needing were:

Emergency hand-crank powered radio.
Emergency hand-crank powered radio.
Bottled water is essential for power outages when your well-water is powered by electricity.
Bottled water is essential for power outages when your well-water is powered by electricity.
Powdered milk to make hot chocolate (for the non-dieters of course).
Powdered milk to make hot chocolate (for the non-dieters of course).

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Natural gas powered stoves are a lifesaver in a winter emergency!
Natural gas powered stoves are a lifesaver in a winter emergency!
Manual can opener.
Manual can opener.

While the schools closed for 3 days this week, my poor homeschooled children can’t catch a break. When school is at your house, school goes on, snow or not!

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The snow coincided nicely with our lessons on measuring in centimeters and inches.
The snow coincided nicely with our lessons on measuring in centimeters and inches.

No one felt the least bit stressed during this power outage. The day before, I made several loaves of banana bread to use up some browning bananas we had. Even though we couldn’t open the fridge, the banana bread was an appealing snack to everyone. Combined with a nice warm cup of hot chocolate, it was a nice way to relax and enjoy the snow. For me, the dieter, it was a little more complicated. I couldn’t have my lunchtime salad since all the greens were in the fridge. Fortunately, I found some acceptable substitutes in the pantry: a can of green beans, raw almonds and some freeze-dried apple chips.

They enjoyed hot chocolate and banana bread.
They enjoyed hot chocolate and banana bread.
I ate: almonds and dried apple chips.
I ate: almonds and dried apple chips.

The snow was heavy and slushy and put a lot of stress on the branches of the bushes around our house. We will see if some spring pruning is necessary.

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At first, I found the snow a confusing intrusion into our progression toward spring. Snow is always beautiful, though and I find myself missing it already as it starts to melt! The last hurrah of winter. We are supposed to get 50 degree temperatures this weekend!