Friday, February 14, 2014

Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Stop!

by Rita Lucero
from the Piece of Cake Mystery series
by Jacklyn Brady

It's been a rough winter all over this year. I know many people in the northern part of the country are living with power outages, below-zero temperatures, and more snow than anyone should have to dig through to get to work or the grocery store. For some, it's an every-year occurrence, but I learned this year that here in the Deep South, snow really freaks people out!

Yes, I know that people in other parts of the country deal with as much snow and freezing rain as we had earlier this month and barely blink an eye, but please remember we're (a) not used to this and (b) not equipped to deal with it. Nobody has snow tires on their cars. Chains are unheard of. We don't even have window scrapers in our vehicles or snow shovels at home. We don't keep salt locked away in our closets during the winter months, and our street crews really don't have a clue, and even if they did, disaster budgets are earmarked for little annoyances like hurricanes, which hit us with alarming frequency. Alarming to me, anyway. I'm a transplant. Hurricanes freak me out the way a snow storm does the natives of New Orleans.

I've only been here for a couple of years and, frankly, I love winter in New Orleans. Usually, I leave my windows open to catch the cool (cool, not cold!) air and love walking around town in a T-shirt and flip-flops. I certainly didn't come to Louisiana for the snow.But even I have to admit it was kind of pretty. I even enjoyed digging out a couple of sweaters that I haven't had a chance to wear since I moved.

And it didn't last long. As I write this, I'm back in my short sleeves and flip-flops and remembering why this is my favorite time of year here on the Gulf Coast. Wishing clear skies and sunny weather for all of you, too!

Jacklyn Brady lives on the Gulf Coast and writes the Piece of Cake Mystery series which is set in New Orleans and features cake artist and trained pastry chef, Rita Lucero. The Cakes of Wrath, book #4 in the Piece of Cake Mystery Series, is available now!

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