Sunday, January 22, 2012
The serious side...
Snow, falling gently, silently whispering your name, so soft and beautiful, a moment to slow down. Then the ice storm, violent and freezing rains covering everything in their path with a layer so thick that the sounds in the distance of breaking branches is like gunshots. Then, no power. And a little warm up to raise all the rivers and streams to overflowing.
For the most part we have done well. Our power is back on and the roads are now a slushy, dirty, mud ridden mess. It looks as if we may have lost a few of our Maple trees. The ice storm just too much for their branches. So pretty but so much now to clean up.
We are the fortunate ones, we have power and heat, food to eat, and gas in the car. So many of those areas around us do not...they are heading into their seventh day in the cold and dark. The grocery stores are on generators so you must use cash, the ATM is out of cash, and the gas station is our of fuel. When we were at the store the police had to intervene several fights at the pumps. If there is no gas then what is it that they are fighting about.
This weather brings out the worst and the best in people. Thank God it is only a once or twice occurrence every year. Hoping that soon our friends can go check on their homes and find all is safe and well. Thaw out, dig out..what ever it takes.