Snowed In

I imagine that the term ‘snowed in’ means different things to different people, depending on where you live. I live in South Carolina, which means that we don’t often get snow. But when we do everyone loses their mind. We all rush out for bread and milk, schools cancel classes, and everyone rushes out to buy either a generator or a kerosene heater in case the power goes out.

That being said, I do remember one year when a tremendous snow hit upstate South Carolina, and we were snowed in. No traffic moved outside. We were all hunkered down inside keeping warm. And we had two children to entertain.

The first thing we did was send them out to play for awhile, hoping they’d use up some of their energy. Then we collected clean snow to make snow ice cream. This all didn’t last as long as we hoped it would, but after they warmed up, the kids wanted to sled down the steep little hill in our side yard. We didn’t have a sled but we had a big tub that served the purpose.

Finally Mom and Dad had had enough, and we made the kids come inside. They took a little nap, which was great, and when they got up we let them paint. We had a couple of those paint by number kits so we broke them out. The kids loved it. They had about as much luck as I used to when I painted them, which is to say not much, but they had a good time anyway. (Do they still sell those kits? I haven’t used them in years.)

After we cleaned up we baked some sugar cookies. A few eggs hit the floor as well as some sugar and colored sprinkles, but everyone had a good time, and that was the important thing.

After dinner we all went to bed early. I think mom and dad needed an early night more than the kids did! What about you? What do you do when you’re snowed in?

The house in the picture is my house in the snow.



About Elaine Cantrell

Elaine Cantrell was born and raised in South Carolina. She has a Master’s Degree in Personnel Services from Clemson University and is a member of Alpha Delta Kappa, an international honorary sorority for women educators. She is also a member of Romance Writers of America. Her first novel A New Leaf was the 2003 winner of the Timeless Love Contest and was published in 2004 by Oak Tree Press. When she isn't writing you can find Elaine playing with her dog or maybe collecting more vintage Christmas ornaments
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7 Responses to Snowed In

  1. It sounds like you had a fun day when you got snowed in. My kids love paint by numbers too. I never was a fan of it.


  2. There are ‘upscale’ paint by numbers for adults now.I have no idea why, but the ads have been coming up on my FB page.
    I do like seeing the pictures of your house in the snow and in the Autumn. I hope that you take them in all seasons. Your area is lovely.


  3. Patricia Kiyono says:

    Pretty picture! That would be what we call a “light dusting.” Yes, my grandkids love paint-by-number kits. They’re usually done with markers, or some other medium rather than paint. I remember sliding down hills on lunch trays, trash can lids, or even trash bags! Sounds like you and your family had a great time.


  4. Jeff Salter says:

    For having had little previous experience, you seem to have adapted quite well. Good job of thinking on your feet.


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