This winter has started off with a bang! We have had another winter storm that has covered us in a sheet of ice.
The trees are covered with ice and the branches are bowing and breaking under the weight. The power lines are covered with hundreds of icicles. Thousands of homes and businesses in our community are without power, and many are dealing with property losses due to trees falling on roofs and vehicles.
Road conditions have been hazardous, so we have not gone anywhere since Friday. On Saturday, we lost power to our home. We put our perishable food items into an ice chest and placed that outside. The fireplace was our main source of heat and light. We had candles and flashlights and cell phones for light (which we tried not to use much so that we would not run down the batteries). My grandmother is here, and she cooked breakfast in a cast iron skillet on coals from the fireplace, and taught my mother how to make fireside stew. We played bored games - I mean board games, and we talked a lot.
Today I was ready to get out of the house. I was beginning to feel trapped. When I asked if I could go out, my grandmother jumped in and said "Don't go out there! You could fall and bust your head wide open!" My mother asked her not to say such things. My mother let me go, telling me to be very careful and not to go far.
We have some impressive icicles on the house.
I don't recall ever seeing a cactus covered in ice before.
Bob saw me outside and asked if I wanted some company. Of course I said yes.
I would be in SO MUCH TROUBLE if my parents saw me climbing this tree!
At least I wouldn't be in trouble alone. Bob and Calista sitting in a tree...
That's all, just s-i-t-t-i-n-g. :)