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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 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 can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 573-722-5322.