December 21st, 2008


More Winter Storm Weather

Ever notice how the really, really cold weather effects you?

You want more to eat (!!!), you're thirsty and need more to drink -- and you want to curl up and sleep, sleep, sleep. Of course, we snack constantly and also have thrown in a few spiked eggnogs and some spicy Bloody Marys, too. (grin)

And that 'cabin fever' is maddening! It's funny that we've managed to go out most days (even though we don't normally drive in this weather) -- and we've been getting 'fresh air' (very COLD fresh air, too) each day. After all, we have to keep those outdoor animals fed!

Both Marilyn mistressmarilyn and I can't wait until we can turn off the dripping water! But we're being pretty careful now, as we don't want to face frozen pipes.

In fact, we're going to leave the heat UP tonight. We decided we didn't want to wake to a house with no electricity that was freezing cold!

It's 3:00 a.m. and bedtime beckons...

So time to share a couple of photos!

Dec, 2008 - Colin Kitty stays warm
Colin Kitty stays warm huddled in a blanket on the sofa in the living room.

Dec, 2008 - Henry Tudor Cat stays warm
Henry Tudor Cat stays warm burrowed into a pillow on the black chair in the living room.

Aren't they sweet?

They've been bothered by the cold, which they're not used to -- any more than we are! We jokingly remind them often that 'it's not OUR fault' when they give us those 'looks' about the weather! (heh)

Well, I've posted for Sunday -- just in case we do lose our power! I hope everyone facing wintery weather is managing to stay warm!
the boys--2004

Baylee Littrell in the Hospital

I keep meaning to post about this, and then forgetting to do it. But as a BSB fan, I just must mention it.

Brian and Leighanne are currently asking for prayers for their son Baylee, who is in the hospital. (Those interested can read more at Brian's official website HERE.)

They don't give any details about what's wrong (which is annoying), but we don't need to know in order to pray for the child and for them, so...

Here's a couple of photos...

The Littrell family -- Leighanne, Brian and Baylee Littrell
Leighanne, Brian and Baylee Littrell

Baylee Littrell
Baylee Littrell

Isn't he the most darling little boy? Aren't they a sweet family?

Anyway, I'd love to hear more about what's going on. All I know is he was starting a 'treatment' on Thursday afternoon (December 18).
frightful weather

Back to Snow -- Thankfully! And Sister Sue's Troubles...

We've been having sleet and/or freezing rain here -- putting a layer of ice on top of our snow. (sigh) But THANKFULLY we're now back to blizzard-like snow. I'm not crazy about huge piles of snow everywhere, but it beats ICE from freezing rain any day...

Sister Sue phoned with TERRIBLE news about their home. The toilet in the smaller bathroom froze and exploded, throwing water EVERYWHERE. They had four inches of water in Sue's bedroom and also in Nicole's bedroom, too (it went through the wall into Nicole's room). Sue had tried to stop the flow of water and was soaked -- not a good thing in this cold weather. She was pretty hysterical and upset the first time I talked to her, understandably.

She finally got someone to crawl under the house and turn off the main -- which meant they had no water and couldn't use the toilet in Sue's room, either.

Anyway, Marilyn mistressmarilyn and I discussed it and I phoned her back to suggest they (and their two cats) come here to our house to stay. I thought two of them could share the bed in my bedroom and one of them could sleep on the sofa in our living room. And I figured the cats would just find a way to get along...

Obviously this would be far from an ideal situation, but I was worried that they wouldn't be able to stand staying home. You can stand a lot of things, but standing water, no running water and no working toilet means you're screwed.

Anyway, when Candy (Sue's daughter, my niece) got home from work (she goes in at 4:30 a.m.), she went and got a shop vac and started getting up the water. The neighbor man who helped earlier told them what to do about the toilet, so I guess they've got their water back on now.

I just spoke to Sue by phone and got a few more details. The water gushed out, hitting the wall into Nicole's room. That how the water got in there. But it didn't go through the back wall (where it's installed) into Sue's walk-in closet, thankfully. (They've had issues with that before.) Water got on the floor and into the hall and down the hall into Sue's bedroom. It also got into Candy's bedroom (across the hall) and down into the living room a bit. It's a lot of water to deal with, and Candy has a bad back, so using the shop vac has been killing both Candy and Sue. They've got towels and blankets down everywhere to sop up water and the dryer running non-stop to dry them out.

I guess they plan to stay home, so I don't need to rush around making things ready to house them. I was totally willing to do it, but it's easier not to need to. I'm taking a breather from frantic picking up and cleaning in order to blog.

We also took a break to have a hot meal (our first meal of the day), which was nice.

We spent part of the day with both of us outside tending to the birds and squirrels. The hummingbirds were flying from hole to hole on the frozen feeder -- it was heartbreaking! We had to do it twice, as it freezes over again pretty quickly. And after we got the seed out, there were birds and squirrels EVERYWHERE in our yard.

This is so strange. Portland simply isn't prepared for this type of weather. The cost to the city is horrible. Our news people are working around the clock to keep us informed. The street crews and power company people are all on call and working around the clock.

I feel awful about Sue's misfortune, and am sure it's repeated dozens and dozens of times all over the city and the state. And this winter storm certainly isn't a local thing -- there's nasty weather all across the country. But I do think places that are used to snow and ice are probably dealing with things much better than we are here...

The NaBloPoMo theme for December is THANKS, so each day this month I'll try to include something I'm thankful for -- or an example of the word 'thanks.'

I'm thankful:

We have our nice WARM home -- and we still have POWER! Our house is full of light, TVs are on in more than one room, the stove and microwave are working to keep us fed, the fridge is keeping food cold and our furnace is pumping away to keep things comfy.

I'm so glad we've gone from freezing rain to snow. (And I love the way the snow looks, even if it is a bear to deal with...)

I'm grateful that our pipes haven't frozen. (Even if the sound of dripping water is maddening!)

I'm just feeling very lucky to be doing so well, in spite of this winter storm.