No, I'm not going to write about the weather. That topic (on TV and in conversation) is way overdone. However, I am virtually "paralyzed" in my own home due to another foot of snow here in Indiana. What a miserable place to live, especially in the winter. But, I'm stuck. Gotta deal with it.

I did get a two week respite from the cold and snow down in the Florida panhandle's "forgotten coast" (as they like to say). It wasn't all that great, weather-wise, but much better than here. My worst moment was getting stuck in a restaurant listening to a patron talk religion with the waitress. No escape from listening in. Wait-- I take that back. My very worst moment was getting a phone call from my sister telling me her daughter died--suicide. The whole scenario and background is both tragic and bizarre. I'll leave it at that. But, needless to say, I was stunned and upset.

Leaving home for several weeks makes for intensive catching up upon return. So while I've been home for 3 days, I'm just now able to check out A.N. (I haven't missed much.)  I've had to grocery shop, do laundry, get and read my mail (snail and email), clean house, shovel snow, gather firewood, and visit family members (esp. my sister). Now I can settle back into my winter routines--read, exercise, crack walnuts, be on the computer, etc. And wait 'til spring arrives!  (PS: Has anybody ever hear of Candlemas Day? It's Feb. 2--a precurser to Groundhog Day. My farmer grandmother used to say the rhyme: "Candlemas Day, Candlemas Day, half the wood and half the hay".)   Take care out there.


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Comment by Fran Stein on February 6, 2014 at 6:33pm

I know how you feel! I'm in New Hampshire and we have two feet on the ground now.

Comment by Pat on February 5, 2014 at 5:38pm

Randall, sorry to hear about the suicide. I had an a$$hole brother-in-law who blew his brains out on Xmas Eve 2 years ago. He let the family, bringing in the gifts, find his body next to the tree. I don't miss him (adulterous wife beater), but what he did to the family was unforgivable. 

And, I empathize with the snow. Luara, god doesn't have dandruff where I'm at. He has a severe case of a runny nose. Freezing rain, where a 4 wheel drive does you no good on black iced roads. Hope to get out tomorrow.

Comment by Luara on February 5, 2014 at 5:24pm

God has a severe case of dandruff here as well.  Snow seems to be a sound absorber, it's very quiet.

Sorry to hear about the suicide - that is a major blow.  Especially if you were closely involved in this situation. 

Comment by Dorris Journeay on February 5, 2014 at 4:34pm

My condolences on the loss of your niece!  Sudden death of any kind is traumatic; suicide inflicts even more trauma on family members.  I hope that you and your family find much love and support.

I wish it would snow here in Western Washington!  Having grown up in Colorado and Montana, I miss the snow.  It only snows in the mountains here...except this winter.  Winters here usually consist of months of fog, rain, mudslides, windstorms, rain, drizzle, mold, mildew, and rain.  Did I mention the constant rain?  Except this year.  It hasn't even been rainy, just gray and foggy. No ski season, even.  The most boring weather on earth.  



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