My first executive decision of the day will be to buy TWO small generators rather than one big whole house one. I want Mom and Dad warm and cozy in their own house and me in mine. Mom can't even hear the word "snake" without a bunch of shuddering and shivering-I don't know how much of it is for show and how much is for real, and I don't care at this point-she just needs to stay warm and safe at her own house and leave me to my snakes, birds and dogs.
Today will be to batten down the hatches, then tomorrow I have to go find something to wear to Uncle John's ceremony. I really pray that Mom and Lee decide not to go-and that is very selfish on my part-but I need to focus on the drive and the task, not comforting them, and having passengers in the car just adds a whole new level of difficulty to an already difficult situation. If the weather is too bad, I won't go either, and they are probably praying for enough ice to make the point moot.
So, now I've gathered my thoughts about what I want to happen, and I will go forth and see and deal with what actually DOES happen.