So the local news program had our second winter storm in the South (Click for news article from USA Today) hashtagged as #WinterMess. I’m originally from Charleston, SC and I can tell you from personal experience that it rarely SNOWS in the Low Country, and doesn’t snow very often in the Midlands. But we’ve had 2 storm/ice storms (click to news article from CNN) in the past couple/few weeks. People from up North have made fun of us for cancelling schools here, but our roads aren’t made the same because we don’t get SNOW like up North. In the Low Country and in the Midlands, we could only use salt on our roads. We can’t use chemicals. And many of us lost power, some still don’t have power (mine didn’t come back on until late this afternoon–was off since Wednesday).
Me, well I survived. went to my in-law’s house–They had power, their power lines are underground, ours aren’t. My father-in-law came to get me in his truck, luckily we only live 2 minutes from them, but it took him 20-30 minutes to come get me. My daughter and grandson had power (their power lines must also be underground so weren’t affected by the ice and tree branches/limbs falling. My parents lost power Tuesday and just got it back today (they live in the low country in between Summerville and Beaufort).
I was ever so
patiently waiting for UPS to deliver my new power cord and battery for my laptop (which I really could have used while I was at my in-laws but delivery was delayed from Wednesday until today due to inclement weather–makes me cringe just thinking about it again.) I was about to load my re-packed overnight bag into the car when I saw the Duke Energy truck pull up to the power line box at the end of the street (we’re the 3rd house down from there) and then I saw a big orange truck and then a big white truck and a Duke Energy van. I got excited. I ran inside and grabbed my camera. I was so excited! I might have power soon, I squealed to myself. And they got it back on! Those guys ROCK!!!
I’m spending Valentine’s Day without my husband. He’s in Dallas, TX and about to head to Mississippi. But I’ve talked to him several times today. We’ll celebrate Valentine’s Day Sunday after he gets home, but really it’s just extra day to show your love if you show you much you love and appreciate your significant other/partner/spouse/husband/wife every day. I’m so proud of my husband. He supports my writing and photography. He is supportive of every thing I do from crafts, to working or not working outside the home’ including our family’s, our children, our grandchild.
In the wake of the second round of Winter Storm Mess I have to say that I’m so thankful for all of those who have to get out there and work regardless of the weather, from emergency personnel like nurses (my aunt), doctors, EMT’s, Firemen (my brother), Linemen, 911 dispatchers (my sister-in-law), police officers, etc, to the phone operators you call (my mother-in-law) to the truck drivers that are bringing us gas, food, and other goods (my husband) to the guys who are driving heavy equipment (my dad)…Happy Valentine’s Day to everyone!!!