Friday, January 24, 2014

Crazy Cold Weather


It’s just been crazy weather with very little warning.  Yesterday it was in the 60s during the morning.  In the afternoon it got a little breezy with a slight chill in the air.  By seven or so in the evening it was dropping down into the 30s and this morning when I woke up it was 28F.   As if that wasn’t bad enough, the high today was 29F and it’s expected to be even colder tonight.  Brrrrr.
So this morning I bundled up in two sweat shirts over my pajamas to take Lacy on her walk; after opening the door, I remember putting my foot on Floribunda’s top step and the next thing I knew both feet were above my head and I bounced down the entry steps on my back and landed by clunking the back of my head on the frozen gravel next to the RV.  I let out a little screech but nobody heard me, so I lay there for a few seconds to make sure I was still alive and in Louisiana; then I picked myself up and took Lacy for a very short walk.

Upon returning inside warm Floribunda, I checked to determine what the physical damage was:  bruised and scraped back, several scratches and scrapes here and there and three broken to the quick fingernails.  As the day has progressed I’ve become pretty sore – kind of like I actually played in the 49er – Seahawks game the other day!  All I can say about it now is that I’m thankful; it could have been so much worse.  I’m a California girl; it never dawned on me to look for ice on my motor home steps.  It’s almost a half-inch thick so you can bet I’m now heading in and out holding on to the handrails!
The other semi-negative happening today was that I made a reservation to fly home to California this coming Sunday in order to get to the Department of Motor Vehicles on Monday to renew my driver’s license.  I knew when I left in July that my license would expire on my birthday in February.  What I didn’t know was that the renewal notice was going to require that I renew it in person!  It's that time when I have to prove that I'm still in control of my mental status, that my eyesight has not deteriorated, that I still understand California law regarding driving a private vehicle.  Oh, yes, and they want a current photo.  There goes the auburn hair color!  

I gave a few minutes of thought to the possibility of just letting the license lapse, but soon realized that’s not an option for me.  I’d not be comfortable driving around the country with an expired license.  I did call my auto insurance agent and she informed me that I could have a big problem if it were to have lapsed when I could be in an accident.  Yikes!  I don’t want even the slightest possibility of that happening!  So, off I go from Lafayette, LA to Sacramento, CA on Sunday; then I’ll return to LA on Wednesday night.  My generous neighbors, Kristi and Clay, have agreed to watch Lacy and Eleanor during my absence.  They have a beautifully groomed and happy dog and two very relaxed and satisfied cats in their motor home – I know they’ll take good care of my ‘girls.’

I first checked out flights from New Orleans to Sacramento - $850 without tax.  Then I tried Baton Rouge to Sacramento - $730 without tax.  At last I tried Lafayette to Sacramento - $548 complete.  Go figure!  The Lafayette airport is only about 20 miles from here; it won't be a big problem getting there on time. 

Tonight I'm snug in Floribunda with Lacy and Eleanor.  The ice is becoming thicker and the icicles longer.  Tomorrow, I'll decide what to take on my trip . . . not much because I don't even have anything larger than a purse to pack!  That makes decision-making so much easier!

Happy Weekend all!



30 comments:

  1. ouch! glad you have good healthy bones! I guess the new homeland security stuff requires in person registration instead of online... bummer. interesting, the different amounts.

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    1. It's not all bad, though. I get to see my daughter and part of her family. I've been gone since July!

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  2. ouch! ouch! ouch! Got a large container of table salt? That will help melt and give you some traction...and you might want to slide down on your butt. Faced that many times in Arkansas, never fell, but it was close a time or two. Enjoy the flight, remember to smile for the picture. :) Dave

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    1. Hi Dave and Marcia:
      Yep, took a could-have-been nasty fall. A true Californian, I didn't even THINK about ice on the steps; but I will now. Oh, BTW, yesterday morning it was 24F. By noon it was 60F and it only got done to about 40 last night! I just can't figure out what to wear!!!!

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  3. One of the reasons we go to Mexico. You simply can't get consistently decent weather in the southern U.S.

    www.travelwithkevinandruth.com

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    1. Yep, that's what I'm finding out. And, of how I miss Hacienda.

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  4. I had Emma wait while I crawled out my steps backwards yesterday morning. Finally had to take a hammer to the ice so I could safely get back inside!

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    1. Even after falling I didn't think to get rid of the ice - just went in and out VERY CAREFULLY. I'll know to get rid of it next time - I hope!

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  5. Goodness, glad it wasn't any worse but I'm sure you are feeling battered enough. This cold icy weather is so unusual for the southern U.S. but at least it won't last more than a day or two.

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  6. I have seen little gizmos to slip on your shoes that look like mini-spikes. I always swore that if I was in a climate that had snow/ice, I would wear those things religiously. Falling down and breaking something is not my idea of a good time. The scare alone is enough to frighten me.

    Virtual hugs,

    Judie

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    1. Hey, Judilyn, good idea. If I'm in another icy time I'll look into those.

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  7. Wow, I'm so glad you're okay. I've done that twice - not ice, but wet steps and leather soled shoes. Now I ALWAYS grab the inside and then the outside hand rails. And I often silently murmur my safety mantra, "Take-it-slowly....think-about -what-you're-doing," when I'm leaving The Palms in bad weather or if it's dark. Sometimes I get busy and rush around not thinking about safety - and end up hitting the edge of the table, or whatever, you know? Silent mantra... I've been using it for about five years now and it slows me down. :)

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    1. I'm adding that to my other mantras, like:
      Grocery store: "Butter, milk, eggs, bread . . ."
      FrustratiOn: "You have time, MP, slow down . . ." or "It's the process, not the result . ."
      TAKE-IT-SLOWLY . . .THINK-FIRST-ACT SECOND . . . ETC.

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  8. Glad to know you are okay!
    I think snow is so much easier to deal with then ice!
    i fell once going down the RV steps, had Birkenstocks on - slick. I landed on my back hitting the steps edges. Ouch, it hurt for a long time
    Hope you enjoy your flight!

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    1. Sounds as if I just copied you!!! I'm still sore - kind of all over!

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  9. My goodness girlie!!!! So thankful you weren't hurt any worse than you are. I imagine you'll be sore for awhile. Go slow and hang on. Enjoy sunny California. We head for the desert on Friday

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