But Mousie, thou art no thy-lane,
In proving foresight may be vain:
The best laid schemes o’ Mice an’ Men
Gang aft agley,
Robert Burns, To a Mouse, on Turning Up Her Nest with a Plough.
I've been off the air since Tuesday. I'll try to catch up on people's blogs and comments tonight if I can.
My wife has long had some health issues, and they took a turn for the worse this week. It is manageable, but we have decided to make some changes in our plans. Everyone who knows me knows I am a firm believer in planning. I look at prior planning as a way to stave off most preventable quandaries. But "man proposes and God disposes." Flexibility is frequently necessary to keep the train on the tracks.
The next few years were planned out to maximize her retirement, and our lifestyle after she retired when we would have greater flexibility in what we wanted to do. However, given the events of the last few days, we have decided that she will go ahead and retire now.
We will be sacrificing some income, and unfortunately, our health insurance. The income loss is not particularly worrisome, we live modestly and we have enough. But the insurance she got from her school district will be difficult to replace. In return, however, we will get to spend more time together so I think this modification is to our mutual benefit.
It has been something of a shambles this week though, which accounts for my absence. I didn't mean any rudeness or lack of attention by not responding promptly to comments or emails and will catch up shortly.
On top of all that, the major storm passing through here is really punishing my part of the mountains. For the first time ever, in all the nearly 30 years I' ve lived here, the county emergency management office called us on the phone tonight and told us not to leave the house. There are only two ways out of here, one across a bridge over my creek, the other through the national forest , fording two streams. The fellow who called said the bridge over the creek has been washed out on one side, and no one is allowed to cross it until the storm stops and the county inspector can see if it's safe. Obviously the back way, fording creeks, is not on.
The rain has been pounding down since last night and is still coming down in torrents. No damage here, everything is holding together. Trees down, but the power is still on. I have diversion ditches I built up slope to funnel water running down the mountain away from the compound. I cleaned them out before the storm came. I checked them this afternoon, the water was flowing over the top ditch but the backup was catching it and diverting it.
We have adequate supplies, and we have our medications ( at my age, you can't ignore those) so we are doing nicely. I hope our friends along the path of the storm, and particularly in South Carolina, are ok. South Carolina has been badly hit.
This is just a short post to let everyone know that all is well here, and that my absence was not rudeness or lack of concern, just crisis management on a small scale.