Be free-floating, allowing the situation to surround you, and be in it. Take in the full surroundings, including the temperature of the water.
This may bring incredible clarity, presence and focus. This is what is means to be a jellyfish.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Walking on Wednesday ~ This is NOTHING!

If you haven't heard, the south has had a bit of a snow storm.
(and if you haven't heard, I would ask what rock you have been under)
Now, having grown up in the Buffalo area, then moving BACK to the Buffalo area (after my other life in the Caribbean) before moving here, to the mountains of NC, I am quite familiar with snow.

I grew up with snow, and my kids spent 5 'love-slash-hate' years dealing with it.
This? THIS is snow.
photo: Raige Creations
I can drive in it, I can shovel it, snow blow it, and basically deal with it. I have even shoveled it off a roof when we got more than 5 feet of snow in one day. (yes, that happened.)

Nothing closed up there unless there was a blizzard or sub zero temperatures AND a blizzard. School was open that day we had 5 feet of snow in a day. 
Yes, that is several FEET of snow.
and there still was school,
and everything stayed open.

photo: Raige Creations
So now we are in the mountains of a 'southern' state. (I put southern in quotes because as far as southern states go, NC is right on the verge.)

And when it snows here, they CLOSE EVERYTHING. And it doesn't take much snow either. 
NC snow, where we are.
Maybe 1 inch.
School was closed, and businesses were closing early.

photo: Raige Creations
Now, I understand how difficult it is to drive a steep hill in a regular heavy car. I have a regular heavy car that can't make it 5 ft UP the hill at the end of my driveway, in the right conditions. 

And I understand the roads are slick, and it can be dangerous. Ice forms quickly on the roads here.

And I understand that people around here don't know how to drive in snowy and slick conditions. 

I am NOT saying people here SHOULD be out in this weather!

But we have a truck. With snow tires. And 4 wheel drive. 

So when I had to go out in this....
The 'snowstorm' yesterday.
photo: Raige Creations
I came home and hubby asks, quite concerned, how it was out there.

Me, being a Buffalo native, I said "THIS? This is NOTHING!"
(think: Wag the Dog, Dustin Hoffman, as Stanley Motss saying this every time their situation got much worse, he thought of another situation he had been in that had been much, much worse, and somehow they got through it unscathed)

When it snows here, we often think, and often say, just like in Wag the Dog: 

"This? This is NOTHING! Remember the time when we were in Buffalo and......". 

A story is told of us driving in almost white out conditions, snow on the road, falling and blowing, and we remember how it was 'business as usual'.

This amount of snow? This is NOTHING!
photo: Raige Creations
This? I can handle this amount of snow. Actually, we went out for dinner last night, in this. It was some visiting family's last night in town, so we celebrated. It was a great time! 
We are ready for LOBSTER!
photo: Raige Creations
And we made it to the restaurant before they closed... at 6pm. They decided to close early, at 6pm, to let their staff go home, due to the weather. 
The manager helped fish out the lobster,
then he cooked it for us!

photo: Raige Creations
The manager cooked our meal, and we were the only customers in the restaurant after the 2 other parties left around 6:30. 
We had the restaurant to ourselves.
photo: Raige Creations
It was lovely. And, the drive home was perfect. Only about 5 other cars on the road. We made it safe and sound, no incidents.
Snowstorm Remnants.
(the school was closed again today.)
YES it is cold, but beautiful.

photo: Raige Creations
I can enjoy this type of snowstorm. It IS cold though, so yes, it IS better to not have to go out in it. But at least I know I CAN. 

This? This in NOTHING! This is beautiful!


  1. I hope you were able to get milk, bread and toilet paper while you were out! :o LOL. Being in PA I know what you're saying and agree....though now I know that what PA gets upset about is also nothing! Except for 2010 when we had 2 back to back blizzards that brought 4 feet of snow total!

  2. I stocked up when I was out, and did some necessary errands that I had put off.
    You are in PA? I know you know what I mean then. ;)
    Once you have lived in loads of snow AND ice - it is old hat.
    thanks for commenting!


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