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From a Crab's Perspective

by Ann Ulrich Miller

Posted on January 31, 2009 by Web Dreams


Okay, January is a done deal. Let's have winter over with already.

I've had enough snow, ice and cold to last until... well, until next year.

I thought I had moved to a part of the country that had "mild" winters, as in "little snow," "warmer than what you're used to temperatures," and so on... get my drift?

Last week really tried my patience. We got hit with an Ice Storm. The day before (Tuesday) I had gone out and spent two hours shoveling off my concrete driveway so it wouldn't turn into a skating rink.

Well, guess what? After the Ice Storm it truly became a skating rink.

Then it had to snow on top of that. This isn't Wisconsin, it's southern Ohio... where last year we had more rain than snowflakes. Much more rain. Not to mention relatively warm winter days... not like what you'd find in Arizona or Alabama, mind you, but... tolerable.

The ice storm affected a lot of people from Arkansas to New England and claimed several people's lives. I guess I was pretty lucky that the power was out for only ten hours here on Wednesday. But, believe me, ten hours without water and heat and not being able to flush the toilets was long enough.

Fortunately, the night before, I'd gotten the message to store up several gallons of tap water to keep on hand... just in case... (THANK YOU, ETHAN!) and I ground up my organic Peruvian coffee beans... (thanks, Marty, they're delicious, by the way). There was plenty of food in the house and good insulation kept the indoor temperature in the house from dropping below 65.

But I was sure a Happy Camper when, at 6:30 pm, the lights came back on... along with the confused telephone in the bedroom trying to tell me to re-program it. Every digital clock in the house needed to be re-set, in fact. But I was GRATEFUL!

And talk about Computer Withdrawal... I had that pretty bad on Wednesday. I had gone without checking e-mail almost 24 hours and I survived! But just barely.

Actually, it was kind of fun not having power for a few hours. I was amazed at the SILENCE in this house. I played the piano three different times that day, just because it was something I could do without having electricity. I buckled down and started editing my book near the window with the most light. I talked on the telephone to people I wouldn't ordinarily call.

But enough is enough. I'm tired of winter and I want spring to get here. Bring on the ground hog!

I'm also ready for all this snow to melt and find its way to the Ohio River so I can tidy up the lawn and get this place SOLD. I'm moving to Colorado in the spring, whether I have a buyer for Jackson Run or not.

Oh yes, I know Colorado has winter. And does it EVER have winter... but at least I won't be alone anymore, and powder snow is much more desirable than ICE STORMS and tumbling trees that can come down on top of your car.

When my husband was alive, winter was actually kind of fun. We had each other. Now that he's gone, it's a totally different scenario. But I guess I had to experience it for myself. Now that I've been there and done that... I'm ready for spring.


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