Cloudy, miserable, damp.
We had 2 winter storms hit us last week. First was the ice storm, here. Then came snow followed by freezing rain this past Friday and Saturday.
(That would be my front left fender after rear ending a sweet, old man.)
I would consider myself a very experienced, winter weather driver from northern Illinois, and last week I had my first fender bender ever - and it happened in Texas.
Mother nature chose all kinds of victims, experienced or not.
We have no salt trucks. No plows. We are sitting ducks.
My accident happened on a measly 1.5" of snow packed slipperiness. Even though I was creeping at 10mph to a stop, my van decided to keep sliding forward. I could not go left, (there was a big median directly on my driver side), nor could I go right since there were two cars on that side. I had enough time to say, "I am going to hit that car," and then I did.
So yes. When it snows in Texas, there's good reason for people to freak out and shut the state down.
Here's another and by far scarier image...
Tow trucks are sent out onto the ramps to tow semis up, over and off the ramps.
Take a look at the pick up truck on the top tier in the above photo. Talk about scary! These folks were on live news feed creeping very slow when they spun out.
Yes, we can poke fun at ourselves down here in the south, but this particular storm was a really bad one. On that same day, there was a huge pile up of cars just north of town on the expressway where we live.
What I am thankful for ~
* the accident was only a fender bender
* that the two kids I had in the car with me were all safe and sound
* car insurance
* the sweet, old gentleman whose car I rear ended was so kind and forgiving
* the very kind police officer
From the school room ~
* It is quarter finals week for Ester, Mabel and Stan.
* Miss Sally's high school work is a lot heavier than the others, so she has decided to forfeit spring break and take her time on finals instead.
What I am reading ~
* I have about four daily devotionals coming through my email feed this Lent.
* I just started reading The Grace of Yes: Eight Virtues for Generous Living, by Lisa M. Hendey.
From the kitchen ~
Due to the winter storm, we had to postpone our Friday dinner plans with Fr. Art. (Drat!)
The good news is, we were able to reschedule it for THIS Friday and plan to have the same menu.
Around the house ~
Southern style sledding.
(So tired from playing outside in the snow!)
I am praying for ~
* my mother who has a full knee replacement surgery Monday (If you have a chance, would you be so kind as to say a prayer for the success of the surgery and a healthy recovery.)
* the sweet, elderly gentleman I rear ended (He so reminded me of my own father)
* world peace
* our country
* all those preparing to receive their Sacraments this spring
What I am listening to ~
* the sound of a vacuum on the kitchen tile. When little man has "nothing to do" I can easily find a chore for him ;)
Coming down the pike this week ~
* Monday - I need to take my van in for an estimate.
* Tuesday - feast of St. Katharine Drexel (Living Liturgy)
* Wednesday - my 46th birthday (woot! woot!)
* Thursday - Miss Sally and I are attending a dual credit seminar at the community college.
* Friday - dinner with Fr. Art
* (Next Sunday) - Miss Ester's 14th birthday
A final photo to share ~
I recently ordered this Glory Stories CD to celebrate the upcoming feast days of St. Katharine Drexel (3/30) and St. Joseph (3/19).
Wishing you a safe and warm week ahead! It's March, it HAS to warm up, right??
P.S. Barbara, yes! I feel like we moved back to the Midwest ;)
**Update on my Mom: the surgery went well. She will remain in the hospital till Thursday and then head to a rehab facility for further recovery.**
~ Patty ~