Baby it’s cold outside. Right now it’s 7 degrees with wind chill at -5 degrees.
But it is going to get worse. The whole Midwest is getting hit this week by an Arctic blast of snow and cold air. By Wednesday our high will be -2 degrees with wind chill factors unbelievable.
This is when I am glad to be retired. No getting out in the freezing temperatures. No walking on icy parking lots.
But what do I do being stuck inside all week? Some ideas I’m planning.
- making Irish coffee
- binge watching all six seasons of Downton Abbey
- playing scrabble with a super scrabble board
- reading, reading, reading
That’s my plans for the week.
However, I may not do any of that.
My daughter is going to be out of the country on a mission trip and her husband will be working. With the weather forecast it appears there may be no school this week.
So – I may have my granddaughter all week.
When she comes to visit, everything else stops. My only purpose when she is here is to be her playmate. We color, we play school, we play the piano, we make all kinds of creations with play-doh, we read.
Her mother tells me I should say “no” once in a while and have her play by herself. I always say I will but when she looks at me and says “please, Grandma” I can’t resist.
Part of the reason I can’t say no is I remember my older grandchildren and how quickly they have grown up, moved on with their adult lives. I know how quickly this “grandchild of my old age” will also be grown and playing with grandma will not be such a high priority.
So – what I will do on this cold wintry week really depends on whether school is cancelled or not.
For all my friends and family in the Midwest, stay warm this week.