February ice storm
A winter storm only underscores my solitary existence. East Tennessee got treated to an ice storm yesterday, followed by some snow. The photos featured here were taken then. Cold temperatures continue today, along with snow flurries and winds. I’m praying that the power stays on. I have no backup heat sources (e.g., fireplace). I’ve already researched where the nearest emergency shelter is located, just in case I have to head that way. I did a web search to figure out how to manually open the garage door. I have food, water, and spare batteries for flashlights, but this girl and her pooch need heat in the house. I’m hoping that it doesn’t come to all of that.
There are no neighborly neighbors or teenagers in the vicinity who have offered to shovel the front walk. I’ve been tending to that task myself, working in shifts. Trying to tear off the ice with the shovel was very slow going. And yes, I need the walk cleared so that I can safely take the dog out. My house doesn’t have a rear exit, and I can’t fling her out into the yard while I stay inside (though I confess to being tempted).
Frigid temperatures are predicted, going down to below zero. My fingers are crossed that all of this snow and ice mess will melt off this weekend. The grief support group meeting got cancelled yesterday. I fully expect the dog obedience class to get cancelled tonight as well. If not, we’re skipping it. I was supposed to work a shift for a St. Jude telethon on Thursday, but that has been postponed until Thursday next week. I have various appointments on Friday, and I’m betting those will have to be rescheduled too.
So Angel and I are hunkered down, praying that the power stays on. I hate winter weather like this. I hate widowhood. And I absolutely despise the combination. Enough said…