Tuesday, November 18, 2014
It's mighty cold.
The cold air mass we've been expecting has arrived. There was one day of torrential rain, and as soon as that moved out it was the new ice age.
So far, no power failures. I took the truck into town, then couldn't get back up the mountain. The jeep trail is covered with dead leaves. The dead leaves soaked up the water from the rain, then froze. It's like a skating rink. So the truck is down by the hard surface road until it warms up enough for that ice to melt. Given that it is now 19 degrees outside, with a high for today predicted to be below freezing, I don't plan on going anywhere.
As it happened, the trail froze over at the same time I was hauling three cats back from the vet. So I had to carry three carrying cages up the mountain, which meant three trips down to the truck and back. One cage per trip was all I could do. I had to get it done because I couldn't leave the cats in the truck, where they would have frozen. After the second trip, the cold made me a bit woozy and I wondered if I was having a heart attack, but I had to go back to get the third cat anyway. If I had been, and I'd croaked, at least it would be a quick exit. When you quit doing things you have to do because you are all whiny and needy about your health, then you might as well check out anyway, and save other people the trouble of listening to it. Personally, I hope that's how I go, and not languishing in some hospital bed, laying there snoring with my mouth open and wetting the bed. That would be a terrible ending to what has been a very good life.