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Friday, 9 December 2016

Ready?

It was the first storm this season. 

 

Since most of the outside work was done, we were ready. The lights flickered several times and the flashlights, candles and matches were ready too. Electricity was off in a number of areas of the province, but we have a generator in case of an extended power failure. Readiness is second nature to former teachers.

Ready. Such a curious word, read with y attached. Much of life requires readiness, reading the signs and preparing for what's to come. We prepare kits in readiness, first aid, emergency, tool, road kits for the car. Read the signs, prepare, be ready. If only it were that easy.

Life hums along, busy, but more routine with age. The familiar provides comfort, requires little effort in its familiarity. Breakfast at 8, lunch at noon, dinner at 5, bedtime around the same time every night. Familiar meals are on the menu, the treadmill counts out the kilometers each day if we can't get outside. Volunteer work, shopping, friends and family fill the days. 

The phone rings.

20 comments:

Anonymous said...

Good luck! Nice write-up! So goes life I guess. I'm wishing for summer already! Andrea

Anvilcloud said...

Looks like quite the weather out the window.

Silver Willow said...

I'm just gonna :: hugs ::

Celia said...

Hope you stay cozy and warm as the storm goes through.

Elephant's Child said...

A lovely vignette of life. I hope the phone call was good.

Marie Smith said...

So am I, Andrea, but that is many months away yet.

Marie Smith said...

That was last weekend. More next week, AC.

Marie Smith said...

Thanks, SW.

Marie Smith said...

Lots of snow due next week, Celia.

Marie Smith said...

Sometimes they are not but such is life. We are very fortunate.

SpicingUpIdaho said...

Being ready is always a good thing with winter storms! And a good reason to have a good book and a warm blanket handy :)

DJan said...

I love your writing these days. I look forward to your posts and think about how I can make them into something appropriate for me. Thanks for the inspiration. :-)

Anonymous said...

Looks blustery, The little plant (Christmas Cacrus?) is probably happy to be inside and warm.

Marie Smith said...

Always ready with the blanket and book, SUI.

Marie Smith said...

Thank you, Jan. I look forwad to your posts too.

Marie Smith said...

That plant is a kalanchoe I think, SS.

The Furry Gnome said...

What mystery! Who knows what that phone call brings? Are you ready for it?

Marie Smith said...

As ready as we can be, FG.

Barbara said...

Sounds like a great plan to me. I can enjoy life so much more when I know I'm as ready as I can be. And I like my day to follow it's little pattern except when I choose to add some bling to life.

Marie Smith said...

We are like the motto, be prepared, Barbara.