When I was a kid, I thought blizzards were great! School would be cancelled & my siblings & I would take full fortune of the unexpected trip day.
We were drastic board game players, & after playing two or three, my buddy and I would consistently want to play outside in the snow… Layers & layers of snow clothes were pulled on, & then out we’d go, but if the snow was great packing snow, we’d make a snowman.
Mom would consistently be ready to hand us a carrot, scarf & hat for the finished product, and next we’d play king of the mountain, climbing & pushing each other off of the mound of snow my father had plowed from the driveway. Somebody would consistently get hurt & start crying, which meant that it was time to go inside, but our property was heated by an oil-fired boiler & cast iron radiators. I can still hear the gurgling noises that came from the radiators. We would kneel our wet mittens on them & kneel on them to soak up the heat, as an adult, I don’t look at blizzards in quite the same way… For one thing, my property is heated by a gas-fired furnace, which blows heated air through air ducts into the rooms. I miss kneeling on the radiators, even though I unquestionably don’t have a need to sizzling up after playing outside in the snow as I once did. And I’ve come to realize the importance of high efficiency furnaces, both for energy cost savings & environmental problems. When blizzards hit the area now, I am more concerned that our Heating & A/C system is operating than I am about playing outside in the snow.