MOUNT GILEAD — As temperatures dropped below zero, most Morrow County residents stayed indoors Wednesday during the Polar Vortex.
‘The kids and I made a crock pot chocolate lava cake, and enjoyed watching movies … and eating the lava cake,” Chesterville resident Cheyenne Holtrey Peck said.
Others also chose options revolving around food.
Jody Rogers said she “worked from home in my jammies and made chili for dinner.”
Kerry Novak also was able to work from her residence “all snug in my robe and with my pups.”
Sherry Cobb ventured out of the house, but only for a doctor’s appointment. She returned home quickly and began baking.
Like many north central Ohioans, Nicole Evans Workman worked.
“That wind was wicked. I think it almost ripped my face off and that was during my 30-second walk to my car.”
Edison resident Phyllis Linton kept busy.
“I made chili, washed dishes, sewed on a quilt. Now crocheting and watching the news,” she said.
Andrea Hazen works in Columbus and spent the day “in my warm chair in my cubicle taking inbound calls. I did not go outside any longer than necessary.”
Lacie Kinsella was indoors — sort of.
“I worked both the drive-thru windows at the Mount Gilead McDonald’s.”
Teresa Spangler said she had to venture outside.
“Taking care of animals, working on well pump and running to the store. Had to get things to survive until this weekend with kids and no water.”
Kimberly Roberts said she “dropped my papers off to have taxes done, stopped at Dollar Tree and stayed in the rest of the day.”
Penny Brooke practiced her art.
“I painted on a canvas in oils, and did reading under my heated lap blanket.”
After a trip to Westerville Carla Luke Fleece returned home.
“I had to get gas and that was a nightmare since I had to run in to the store twice and move my car to another pump. As soon as I got home tore off one layer of three-layer clothing, worked from home, cooked goulash and now a movie.”
Rosemary Kirkpatrick was at home with her kids.
“But I made several trips outside with the dog. Extra layers and hats and gloves; it wasn’t that bad,” she said.
Betty Randolph said she did crafts and cooked; Mary Ann Klein worked on her genealogy.
Others did laundry, worked out on their treadmill and watched television.
Sondra Herren-Carey walked over to give an elderly neighbor his medication and brought in some bunnies that belong her granddaughters.
“I had an 8-year-old and 4-year-old stay over for the night. We played the game of Life and enjoyed Paw Patrol and Curious George,” she said.
Marsha Armstrong kept things simple, “sitting by the wood stove.”