If you like winter weather, this past weekend was for you. It started out Friday morning. Within a half an hour, Columbia, Tn had been dumped on. The roads immediately had over 4″ of snow, then it started sleeting with a touch of freezing rain. Schools had already closed, and everything else closed quickly. It took people an average of three hours or more to get from one end of town to the other. It snowed all day, then turned to freezing rain again that evening. Needless to say, everyone was snowed in.
Some areas were without power, most not lasting a full day. We had five inches or more of snow on the ground and about 1/2″ of ice on top of it. The horse stayed in for three days, as the ice was sharp and cracked terribly. The noise of the ice cracking did not impress him at all. Cabin fever built up quickly in everyone, including the animals. Upon opening the barn door each morning, the cat would run out the door and stand, mesmerized for a moment that with each day conditions had not improved. Soon, a grimmace covered his face and back into the barn he went. The ice and snow were tough on the dog’s arthritis, but we shoveled a few paths for her, making life tolerable again.
Finally, the temps bumped up into the 30’s. Melting had begun. This did not make the cat’s day, as his highness does not like to get his toes wet. More days in the barn. The dog enjoyed each hour of sunlight, warming her dark coat and exposing more of her kingdom called the grassy yard around the house and barn. The horse was finally turned out again. Freedom! He ran through the pasture kicking and bucking like a mad man. It is at this time one has to be especailly cautious. Do not get in his way!
Even at the restaurant I work at families came in looking as though they could not take one more day cooped up with the kids. Adults chit-chatted while the children around or talked and laughed. Finally, some sense of normal life was beginning to return!