Thankfully the second limo holiday light tour planned for this season with my co-workers missed the ice storm by a day. The 14 of us crammed into a Hummer limo and were chauffeured around Oklahoma City. The best lights we saw were at Midwest City’s Holiday Lights Spectacular 2013.
The following day the Oklahoma City metro had an ice storm and by Saturday afternoon we had about an inch of ice covering everything in our yard.
Since our neighborhood lost trees in the May 20 tornado we really didn’t have any worries about big trees breaking on houses or wires and wreaking havoc in other ways. The roads were not as awful as you might think.
I hurt my back this week and have been in quite a bit of discomfort so, at my husband’s recommendation, I went to see a chiropractor for the first time in my life. I thought I was feeling a little better then when I leaned over to get a better angle for the photo of the grill (above) my back gave out. So, that photo has an added memory for me.
Perhaps there are changes to the weather that are contributing to this headache I’ve had for the two days I’ve been off. Due to the discomfort, being productive has not been high on my agenda. I did, however, get a first coat of Kilz on the cabinet doors from the kitchen at our lake place. Also, I spray painted an old file cabinet. If I paint a little each evening I should make some headway.
Of note: Last night when I’d been asleep for a short while, I was awakened because my bed was shaking and rumbling. “I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter!” The furniture, doors and walls were all moving and I could hear the rumbling sounds of what seemed to be the earth. I knew at that moment we were having an earthquake. Nothing actually fell off or down at our house but it was certainly freaky. Turns out the quake was 5.6, the largest in Oklahoma history. Several months ago I experienced another earthquake while at work in downtown Oklahoma City.
Many places closed their businesses early due to the warning of severe weather so the traffic at 4:00 was ridiculous, worse than 5:00 traffic. After spending well over an hour on the road getting home, the tornado sirens began going off soon after I arrived. My daughter had taken cover in Edmond so I felt as at ease as was possible. At home my husband, son, mother-in-law, her friend Pete, the cat and I were together and we spent about 45 minutes in our storm shelter. It’s dark down there and initially we had only a tiny amount of light. The weather stations warnings certainly gave great cause for concern and sitting in a dark hole in the ground can be daunting.
Travis found a box flashlights so we eventually had more light. As we visited Pete, who is from Scotland, told us that it was his first time to be in a storm shelter. While it’s not an experience that is on anyone’s ‘bucket list’ I am glad we had one to use and remain safe.
Our cat decided the little shelf in the shelter was the perfect spot for him to wait out the storm. His eyes tell a lot, don’t you think?
Once we got out of the shelter I began contacting other family and learned everyone is fine. My Mom’s power is out at her house so she’s staying at my place.
My front porch view of the dense fog this morning.
by Carl Sandburg
The fog comes
on little cat feet.
It sits looking
over harbor and city
on silent haunches
and then moves on.
We got about 6 inches of snow today in OKC. Since snow is unusual for us, I feel the need to get photos of these days.
In our backyard. A grassy plant with the hammock’s swinging shadow behind it.
Since I didn’t have to be at work until 9:00, I had another day with more time in the morning. It was so nice to have extra time to read my newsfeeds, facebook, email, pay bills, and get ready for work. Just before I was getting ready to leave, I opened the blinds and saw it was snowing, again!
During my afternoon break at work, I stepped outside the lounge onto the balcony to get a good view. The snow didn’t deter people much, they were out and about. Their footsteps clearly show their intents to get to their destination. Using my iphone, I snapped a couple of photos to show that most of us have taken the weather all in stride.
The photo is a combination of two photos that I stitched together using Adobe Photoshop Elements 6. You’ll need to view this photo in the larger view to see the details.
Of note today: I’ve been craving Greek food for weeks and finally got it today!
I’m not fond of freezing cold weather, it’s painful no matter how bundled I get. Protective footwear was required for me to move the snow and make a pathway from the front door to my car. My husband’s huge boots seemed the perfect choice. With my pant legs tucked into the boots, I traipsed outside following in the footsteps he made earlier today. The oversized boots made the job quicker. Part of my mission was accomplished but I still needed to get my daily photo, which I was determined to do no matter how frozen stiff my fingers were.
That cold northly wind created fascinating angles with the snow. The shadows and extreme contrasts lead our eyes where to look. That’s the point.
Of note today: Keith made irresistable oatmeal cookies! I spent time researching, again, my brickwall: Adam Bauman born 1795 somewhere in Pennsylvania and married Elizabeth Nigh about 1820.
Work was canceled today due to inclement weather and I stayed inside in my warmest wool sweater. The blizzard is THE news here in Oklahoma. It’s 10 degrees outside with a windchill of -8. We aren’t used to that.
This morning I sat inside my house by the back patio door and set my camera to a faster shutter speed so the snow wouldn’t be a blur rather snow’s the focus.
Of note today: The cat took naps. Keith took a nap. I took a nap.