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Cape Life You never know what Mother Nature has up her sleeve J ust when you thought it was safe to go into the water, just when you thought it was safe to go down to Norman Bates' fruit cellar, you have to remember, it is the season when Mother Nature will open her bag of tricks and pull out her record-breaking weather, bliz- zard snow or Na-Nook of the North temperatures. We seem to dodge a lot of her bullets lately, but don't turn your back now.  Living near the ocean, we know what she is capable of, and respect her enough to get out of the way. A couple of years ago, she sneezed and doused the area with a couple of feet of the white stuff on a city with one snow plow and set of missing keys for the truck.  Snow more often than not turns into a problem; at first fall, it is a Currier and Ives picture card, dressing the trees in a white coating, but it can quickly turn into a call to “Run for the hills!”  Growing up in New England, we had our fair share of bliz- zards, yet we never panicked. You simply went to bed and woke up the next morning to snow up to the windows. School was rarely canceled, since everyone walked there anyway, and who would want to miss the chance to throw that line drive snow ball at our nemesis, even if it was a teacher, ac- cidentally, of course. If school was cancelled, we took to the outside as soon as we could pry the door open and burrow out to the sidewalk.  I can remember the back hall was always full of wet snow suits lying on the floor next to dripping snow boots and sop- ping wet mittens. No one dared venture into the house without making that stop. The smell of scarves cooking on the radiators or heating vents was a given. And we never made a run on the grocery stores before the storm. We rarely listened to the radio anyway. There was no me- dia round the clock television hype, you simple coped with whatever she threw at you. Back then, everyone had pan- tries and basements stocked to the hilt for the next Armaged- don or family reunion, which- ever came first.  More and more we are seeing what the weather forecasters call the Perfect Storm. It's when two systems col- lide. And very often it's hard to predict. Trying to understand it is sort of like when you are instructed to put those gowns on in the medical dressing room before an exam or an X-ray. Most of the time you end up putting your head through the armhole, arms through the opening for the head and then you are all twisted in a bunch of material that doesn't fit right, with an extra flap hanging out the back. No one knows where those extra ties are supposed to be - they wrap around something; you're just not sure it is you. Snow is not the only thing we experience around here. A good bolt of lightning and it's crawl- ing room only under the bed. Between the dogs and the other pets, you need to book well in advance for a spot. And Mother Nature likes her howling wind off of the water. As a cancer survivor, I never bothered wearing a wig. I learned my lesson the first time I tried it. A gusty wind that I normally would ignore blew it right onto a car's windshield, where the driver tried to beat it with a stick, no doubt thinking it was some kind of rodent.  But we do have something that Mother Nature never counted on during her weather, dedicated transportation work- ers, neighbors, kind strangers and volunteers. Of course, it's not nice to fool Mother Nature, either. So man up for the rest of the winter. Cape Gazette FRIDAY, DECEMBER 15 - MONDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2017 51 Nancy Katz » AROUND TOWN Gingerbread contest raises funds; brings out bakers The inaugural Rehoboth Beach Gin- gerbread Contest was held Dec. 9-10 at Epworth United Methodist Church. Categories in the contest were: pro- fessional, amateur, family, high school and nonprofit, with 15 teams compet- ing.  Amateur Adult winner was Nancy Brooks of Rehoboth for Beautiful Re- hoboth Beach Bandstand. Brooks said it took a number of attempts before she was finally able to make the struc- ture of the building sound. The Family category was won by Laura and Jared Dye, and Lincoln, age 5. The Dye family constructed a Tu- dor-style house, featuring a dog house, terrier, pond and bridge. The Family category had the largest number of entrants and, in one case, included three generations, with grandparents, parents, and 4-year-old twins working on the project. Danielle Panarello created the win- ning entry in the inaugural Rehoboth Beach Gingerbread Contest. Panarello, director of operations for SoDel Con- cepts, is a graduate of The Restaurant School of Philadelphia, trained in cooking and baking. Panerello has an impressive resume, serving as Pastry Chef of iconic local restaurants includ- ing  LaLa Land, The Back Porch Café, and Eden Restaurant. The replica of Matt’s Fish Camp in Lewes took Panarello 21 hours to complete. Con- test attendees and competitors were impressed by Panarello’s skill and at- tention to detail.  A number of amateur bakers took advantage of the opportunity to get ad- vice from The Cake Lady, Daria Horn. Organizers of the Rehoboth Beach Gingerbread Contest were pleased with the outcome of the inaugural event that raises funds for Christmas Joy 365!, the West Rehoboth Children & Youth Program, and assists home- less students in the Cape Henlopen School District.  Placing his vote for the Beauti- ful Rehoboth Beach Bandstand byNancyBrooksisEmoryBuck. Mike Grover, owner of Angelic Touch Therapy Ani- mals, takes a knee with Silver Wing, left, and Angel. George Thompson gets a close-up look at a train garden on display from Epworth mem- ber and local lawyer Bill Moore. There was one entry in the High School category by Laurel High School Culinary Arts Program, "The bulldog puppy is in the house!" Ten students worked on the proj- ect under the direction of instructor Robert Willoughby. The Dye family constructed a Tudor-style house, featuring a dog house, terrier, pond and bridge. Danielle Panarello created the winning entry with a replica of Matt's Fish Camp in Lewes in the inaugural Rehoboth Beach Gingerbread Contest. STEVEN BILLUPS PHOTOS BARNYARD CHRISTMAS EVE was an entry by Christine Shalk.