Sunday, December 21, 2008


Damn! It's cold! It's Sunday and the temperature says minus one but the way the flags and tree branches are whipping around, the wind chill factor must be some humongously low number. I might have just holed up and stayed inside today but I had to go get Mom at the hospital and then I had to go pick up her prescriptions at Walgreen's. When I went out this morning, I let the car run for ten minutes and then I scraped enough to scratch off a small clear spot on the windshield, enough to creep down to Village Pantry. I let the car continue to run while I went inside. Then I went to the hospital and then drove home again - and the ice still wasn't completely gone.

Meanwhile, the kids have called almost every day from their new location in Key Largo, Florida, where it has been a uniform 80 degrees. They just rented a place at the end of a canal which turns into an inlet. The inlet is also a marine refuge where manatees swim and an octopus hangs out on the steps going down into the water. We have a conversation between "almost paradise" as John calls it there and in "Antarctica Junior" as I call it here.

Weatherbug has been hysterically informing me of a weather alert all afternoon. Finally, when I clicked on to see what the big deal was, I was informed that we are under a severe weather warning for tonight - below zero temps combined with strong winds, gusts up to 45 mph, which will play havoc with tree limbs and power lines. Uh, excuse me, but didn't we just get over havoc being played with power lines and tree limbs due to ice and now it is low temps and high winds?

Sounds like we're in for a long winter.

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