February 14, 2007

Winter in Columbus, Ohio

Summer to winter on the patio!
(Click on pictures for larger view.)
There are tulip bulbs under the snow!)













A Cheery Good Snowy Morning to My Faithful Readers

As I sit snuggle down in front of the computer in a warm winter robe, the wind and snow howl outside my window. A small evergreen tree bends low, and snowdrifts cover the first few branches close to the ground. For those who’ve wintered blizzards and severe weather, this is expected February behavior. Those who live in the south might shiver and thank goodness they are basking in warm sunshine.

This morning I’m thankful that I have the day off and can watch the car get encased in a large crust of ice and snow. I can’t say the same for yesterday. It was one of those 5 a.m. dashes to scrape off the ice and hope the door handle didn’t break off as I tried to pull the frozen car door open. AAA gave a report that instructed one to use a cigarette lighter to unfreeze the door handle before pulling on it. Obviously, whoever wrote that story has never stood in 40 mile-hour wind in 20 below 0 wind chill trying to keep a lighter flame on long enough to thaw out metal! That’s like lighting a cigarette on top of Mt. Hood. (Can't say I've ever tried that, but you know what I mean...)

Oh well, my car door was on the wrong side of the wind and wasn’t stuck shut so I “de-froze” the car the easy way. I started the engine, turned all the fans on high and ran back indoors while the inside of the car warmed up. Then the windows were at least slushy after I got through the 6 inches of snow and the 2-inch layer of encrusted ice in between!

Thankfully, my drive to work is only about 5 miles ‘in town’ and once back home, Valentine’s Day gifts for Jim were put off until tomorrow.

During the night I got up to check the house and discovered a beautiful card and small diamond necklace waiting for me on the table. He never forgets his Angelwings!

I’ve created a list of things to appreciate in winter weather. Hope you can identify!

A pair of black rubber boots that come to your knees and go over your shoes. Somewhere over the years I lost those big black boots used for milking Albert’s cows and my goat, Beulah!

The idiot light that informs you when the window washer is low so when that semi truck slathers your windshield with muddy salty slush and you hit the washer button, you don’t just hear a little buzz and nothing else happens.

Rearview window de-icier. I’m telling you, we did not have those on the car when we lived in Missouri as teenagers. Grandma used to run out with a bucket of hot water and splash it all over the car. Precious water that Sandy and I carried from the spring in the woods and heated on the big bellied stove in the middle of the living room! I can’t remember what was important enough to cause such a waste of water.

Dogs that didn’t have to be put on a leash and walked in the back yard each time they had to go potty. Back then, Lassie would scratch on the door and you’d say, “Hurry back.”

I’m sure you can think of more to add. If so, please feel free to leave a comment for everyone to enjoy.

Jim saw a Grey Wolf in our little settlement about 4 a.m. as he was returning from an all-night run with medicines. (A job he does part-time.) It was extremely cold and all the ponds were frozen so he figures the wolf was headed for the creek nearby. We went out later and saw its footprints in the snow. He said if he had a steak, he would have thrown it out for the wolf to eat.

Speaking of work. Jim has a second job interview for a maintenance job tomorrow Thursday, Feb. 15 at 2 p.m. We wish him the best!!!!! He passed the first interview last week. It would be at a large retirement community near Columbus.

I’ve created an outline for my second book. Funny, I have a title before I have the book written. It will be called, “Baby Crying. Living with Dementia and Alzheimers." I’ve started the research and plan to complete this within the next two months. In case I haven’t already explained it. Women with dementia often hear a baby crying and think it’s their child. They will risk getting out of bed with a broken hip to find the crying baby. And, it's usually a woman who lost a baby many years before. Women with latent stages of Alzheimers won’t even remember they had children. The book will be much more comprehensive and hopefully, another page-turner!

There’s much for each of us to do today. That includes you, my reader, who is quite likely reading this at work and need to get back to business. Hopefully I haven’t kept you too long on my little journey today. I’ll be back soon…if the creeks don’t rise. (It’s in the book.)

Take Care on the Journey,
~Linda

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

EVEN IN SUNNY FLA. WE GET COLD!!!
ITS TO BE IN THE 30'S (THAT'S ABOVE ZERO) THIS WEEK-END
SO DON'T FORGET THE GLOVES, HAT, AND SCARF.
REMEMBER TO PUT A STICK IN THE JUG OF WATER SO IT DON'T FREEZE IN THE KITCHEN. THE OLD BELLIY STOVE CAN'T HEAT THAT FAR. ALSO BRUSH OFF THE SNOW ON THE FOOT OF THE BED BEFORE GOING TO SLEEP.
SURE GLAD I 'M NOT IN THOSE COLD WINTER IN MISS-OR-ERY ANY MORE.
KEEP WARM!!!
LOVE YA,

cold in Tampa 49F

Katy said...

Ha, I SHOULD get back to work (I think you were talking to me!). Glad you're able to relax in your warm apartment today and not worry about going out. Enjoy your rest!
love,
katy

Juanita said...

Katy I was also reading the blog at work, unfortunately I did not get to write a comment until today.

Things to add to your list of things to appreciate in winter weather……

A husband who is willing to get out and chip away at the ice and snow cover 4x4, so that he can drive me to work.

A neighbor who took it upon themselves to plow our country driveway; which if they had not plowed I am sure it would have been a couple more days before I could have gotten my car out of the driveway. (Thank goodness for great country neighbors!)

Deicer in a can so you do not have to use the lighter to deice the car door handle. Although my husband needed the deicer and a screw driver to get the doors of the 4x4 open yesterday morning.

As my husband drove me to work, I was excited to spot a gorgeous red cardinal in an ice glazed tree. I said to him that would make a GREAT picture, but I had to just take a mind snap shot, no camera with me.

Wow Jim saw a Grey Wolf! That is exciting you very rarely get a chance to see a wolf, you can catch a glimpse of fox pretty often, but not a wolf.

I have kept my fingers crossed for Jim for his 2nd interview to go well !!!

I was wondering what the subject of your next book was going to be. I am anxious to check it out.

The Cat's Meow said...

Thirteen bottles of beer on the wall.
Take one down, don't pass it around, just drink it down
Twelve bottles of beer on the wall.
Take one down, drink it down,
Tell the meanies to get out of town
Eleven bottles of beer!!!!
Cheers to the BEST nurse around.
I love ya,
Sandy

Anonymous said...

To Sandy,
16 bottles of beer on the wall.... Yep, it helps to sing that silly song when you get stabbed in the back at work!

You'll get the 'rest of the story' soon.

Linda M. said...

BLOGGER HAS SHUT ME DOWN FROM POSTING WHILE THEY CHECK OUT MY SITE FOR SOMETHING CALLED SPAM BLOGGGING. A REAL PERSON HAS TO VERIFY THAT I'M A REAL SITE AND THAT I'M A REAL PERSON. I'M SORRY FOR ANY INCONVENIENCE AND HOPE THAT YOU ARE ABLE TO GET THIS MESSAGE FROM ME....AND THAT MY BLOG WILL BE UNLOCKED BY A REAL KIND PERSON REAL SOON.

~Linda