Saturday, Dec. 10, 2016
ICE bound!Posted Tuesday, February 12, 2008, at 3:30 PM
This fireplace scenerio was the center of my day - tea and soup heating on the fireplace fender, my cat Tybalt toasting on the ottoman. What more can you ask for on a cold, icy day??
I made it home from Advance, put hay and pellets out for my goats, built a fire in the fireplace, and enjoyed a quiet night of listening to the rain, which turned into a solid sheet of ice by morning. Each time I woke up, I expected the power to be off, but that didn't happen until 7 a.m. this morning.
As you can see, the electricity has made a most welcome reappearance, as of about an hour ago! Yipee!
I learned several things in the stillness of a power-less morning, and I shall share them with you:
* A hot bowl of soup can be produced on top of the fireplace "fender."
* Those old, out-of-style leg-warmers that I stuck back in a drawer several years ago come in handy on a day like this.
* My wild birds love a sunflower snack, but they don't like ice-covered tree limbs crashing down on top of their feeder.
* It's tricky getting a wheelbarrow full of hay down an icy front yard to the goat pen.
* Nothing works w/o electricity - except a book, a flashlight, and a brain!
* It does no good for KFVS to post a list of closings, if the electricity is off - but I appreciate the effort.
* Semo Electric does amazing work!
* Four-wheel drive vehicles still slide on ice!
How about it, fellow blogger buddies - What have you learned during this icy interlude? Did anybody get to the grocery stores before the ice hit? I missed that fun activity, but a friend said it was a real experience!
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Madeline (Giles) DeJournett is the Advance writer for the North Stoddard Countian. A retired high school English/history teacher, she spent 32 years teaching in 5 schools in Missouri and Alaska. These days, she lives quietly with a menagerie of wild and domestic animals on 52 secluded acres in the remote Tillman hills south of Advance. She graduated from Dexter High School in 1960 and Southeast Missouri State in 1964. She can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.