A winter blizzard is headed our way. In keeping with the typical serious reaction of people in the Twin City area to a forecast of precipitation, the grocery stores have been plundered and Governor Quinn has even declared the entire state of Illinois a "weather disaster area".

With the cupboards fully stocked and the house locked up safe and warm, Piper and I watch the snowflakes gently fall outside the window. It is hard to believe this beautiful picture is supposed to evolve into a raging storm.

I intend to take advantage of the unexpected time off by working through the stack of books on my nightstand that have been patiently waiting to be read. I might even enjoy a nice cup of tea!