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In Case You Don't Hear from Me for a While

In an effort to evade the freezing rain in Atlanta, my parents came to town on Monday evening—two days before the day we all planned for them to arrive. Two days before the day the house would have been clean. Two days before the day the furniture would have been dusted. Two days before the day I would have had meals planned, prepared and frozen.

I know. Even I didn’t believe that last one.  

Despite the short notice and hurried preparation, Brian and I managed to get the house somewhat presentable. My parents had clean sheets and towels. I had already completed the warning sign for our washing machine so we didn’t have to clean chocolate out of the dryer…again.

Check Your Pockets

I even had their usual gift basket of goodies—meant to deter my dad from asking me every 15 minutes if we have something sweet in the house. But, just so you know, my dad is very proud of the fact that he “doesn’t like” sweets. He reminds us regularly.

With peanut M&Ms on his breath. 

Though it was already well after midnight, Brian and I sat in the guest room and chatted while they unpacked their bags. None of us were surprised when mom began her usual Mary Poppins routine and produced all the projects she had made for us: hair bows, a monogrammed pillow sham for JJ’s bed, a monogrammed bath towel for Averi, a monogrammed Valentine’s outfit for Averi, and a monogrammed pillow shams for our master bed.

Seriously, if you sit still at my mom’s house for too long, you’ll walk out of there like a walking advertisement for yourself.

While they settled into their cozy (cramped) accommodations, I was mindlessly cleaning up after them. I noticed a package of that silica gel stuff (the kind you find in shoe boxes) that was dangerously close to the snack basket.

Silica Gel

I’m a mother of two toddlers, so my instinct was to toss it in the trash. My mom called out to me from across the room, “Wait! Don’t throw that away!”


“Don’t throw that away. I need that.”

“This pack of silica gel? Why do you need it?”

“I don’t remember.”

“You need this pack of silica gel, but you can’t remember why?”

“Right. I saw somewhere that someone did something with it. But I can’t remember.”

“Okaaaaaaaaay. You didn’t see this on Snapped, did you?”

And that, my friends, explains what happened to us all if you don’t hear from me for a while.

But, seriously, I’m so thankful my parents were able to get out before the ice storm hit. How many of you are hunkered down for another round of Snowpocalypse? Stay safe and warm, my Southern friends and family!

And if you’re extra bored and still have internet service, you can check my favorite post about my first snowstorm experience.


Comments to "In Case You Don’t Hear from Me for a While"

  1. Robyn

    February 12, 2014

    Hello to Mom and Dad! You should have a lot of good material for blogs while they are there, so I hope you find some time to write! We are hunkered down in the storm. I’m doing all the things that require electricity … laundry, internet work, and running the dishwasher. Because the power WILL go out, as soon as the wind picks up and trees begin to fall. Fun times!

  2. Beth

    February 12, 2014

    Loved your post!! Enjoy G-Man & Precious!! We are iced in here but still have power so we are thankful for now!! Have fun!! Love you all!! Enjoy the snow……this ice is NO FUN!!

  3. Kathy

    February 12, 2014

    Katy, Grandmomma is with us during the ice and she slept today until 12:30. Can you believe it? I kept going in to make sure she was breathing. (Of course, that didn’t disturb her because she couldn’t hear me.) She says she has NEVER slept that late before. Uncle Hal asked her awhile ago if she wanted to go out and play in the snow. She declined. And now she’s taking a nap in the recliner. 🙂
    Have fun with your Mom and Dad!

    • Katy in a Corner

      February 18, 2014

      Can’t believe G-ma didn’t want to go sledding. 🙂 I’m glad she stayed safe and warm with you guys! Love you!!!

  4. Tracy @The UnCoordinated Mommy

    February 16, 2014

    I seriously will lose my mind if we have more snow days!! My kids Ade driving me crazy! And BTW those silica packets remind me of that Seinfeld episode LOL I love that show.
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    • Katy in a Corner

      February 18, 2014

      Tracy, I haven’t seen a Seinfeld episode with silica packets. I have to go look that up now! 🙂


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