Here on the coast of South Carolina we are having a major weather event this weekend with historic rainfall amounts and substantial flooding. There have been flood warnings in effect since late Friday, and we are looking at several more inches of rain coming today and tomorrow. We are dealing with closed roads, overflowing lakes and ponds, sinkholes, and beach erosion. To the south of us parts of the cities of Georgetown and Charleston are closed down due to flooding. Many of the roads around us are impassable and dangerous.
The smartest course of action is to stay off of the roads and out of harm’s way. (Don’t even let me get started on the people who insist on going out and putting the first responders in jeopardy.) Which means that we are pretty well homebound for the weekend.
At first I was a bit bummed because there were some fun fall festivals and outdoor events planned in our area for this weekend. After a long, sticky summer I was looking forward to spending a few days outside in the cooler weather, preferably with a nice craft Octoberfest beer in hand. I am no match for the mighty Mother Nature, though, and so instead we find ourselves tucked away at home. As the weekend winds down I am realizing that it has been a nice one after all, one spent enjoying some downtime and the comforts of home. I find myself feeling grateful as I reflect on these simple comforts:
The deliciously mouthwatering aroma wafting from a crockpot and filling the kitchen yesterday. If you are a chili lover you need to try this recipe for Crock Pot Chicken Taco Chili from Skinnytaste. I promise it will not disappoint, and it is friendly on the waistline, too. We enjoyed it for a midday meal yesterday, and my husband is reheating a bowl for lunch as I am writing this. I’ll be having mine a bit later accompanied by a grilled cheese sandwich because nothing sounds better on a damp day.
Turning the TV on to football on Saturday at noon and watching straight through until Sunday night. We are football fanatics in this house. While our Gamecocks are not looking to have a dog in the fight this season we still love a good game, and there were several that did not disappoint yesterday. The end of that Clemson vs Notre Dame game and four of the top ten teams getting knocked off- wow! Sunday brings a bonus early morning game as the Jets and Dolphins are playing in London. This afternoon and into tonight we will be glued to the NFC East games because even though our Giants are off to a rocky start as a fan you just gotta believe!
Cat naps throughout the weekend with your favorite plush throw blankets, your favorite person, and, well…your favorite cat, of course! The hubby isn’t a big napper, but I come from the “no nap is a bad nap” school of thought. Muggsy, being a cat and all, is already a world class champion of the midday snooze (we’re good with mid-morning and mid-evening naps, too). In fact, my sweet feline boy is already curled up and waiting for me to wrap this post up and join him.
Yes, as I look around our humble little home I am happy. We are safe and warm, we have food on our table, and we have love in our hearts. We are thankful for all that we have when so many others want for the simplest of comforts. I hope Mother Nature will lighten up a bit and spare our area from further damage, but I thank her for the reminder that everything I need is right here at home.
What are your favorite comforts of home? Pull up a chair and share your thoughts- I’ve saved a bowl of chili for you! Cheers! Karen