Snow days in North Carolina
Sunday, January 31, 2010
I’ve been squirreled away in the house for the past two days straight! Starting late Friday night, it snowed, leaving about 2 inches of wet snow on the ground… then came the freezing rain which coated everything with a 3 inch layer of ice! Greenville, NC came to a standstill! Since this is not a “normal” occurrence, we are not equipped to cope with these conditions. My “Northern” friends will be shocked to learn that I don’t even OWN an ice scraper for my car! I don’t know if the town owns any snow plows… I haven’t ventured out to see!
Stir crazy? Not really! I have been taking Saturday as a “Sabbath” since I returned from Israel. I got in the habit there, and it feels good to have a day “off”. I know, I’m retired… technically ALL my days are “off”, but on Saturdays, I purposely schedule NO activities, no meetings, no lunches, no hospice patients…nothing… and usually spend the day at home. So yesterday I took a particularly relaxing “Sabbath”… sleeping late, reading, and taking a hot bath… that sort of thing. Wonderful!
Today our church was closed so I continued my home “purge”. I have been making great progress! I have to give a lot of credit to our minister, who asked if I would be willing to provide home hospitality to a visiting minister next week. YES! I said! It was just the kick in the pants I needed to get moving! Today I reorganized my bookshelves. Shelf space for my Buddhist and travel books needed to be expanded… as well as the religion section. I have weeded out at least three feet worth of books… a net gain of only about a foot of space, as I made the mistake of patronizing the local library’s book sale on Friday! I am moving out a “spare” desktop computer that was taking up 6 or 7 feet of shelf space, so I have filled that space with the excess books that I can’t seem to let go of yet. Thank God for my Amazon Kindle electronic book! I shudder to think what my bookshelves would look like without it!
Of course the Kindle comes with its own “issues”… I am proposing the new dictionary entry “Kindle angst”… Kindle angst /kindl aNG(K)st/ n. a feeling of deep anxiety or dread brought about by having too many reading choices on your electronic book device and not enough time to read. ex: Claudia experiences kindle angst every time she opens her kindle and sees 109 unread titles!
I have uncovered lots of lost “treasures”. The one that I think has given me the most smiles so far this week is my “Rider” pass to the 1973 National Horse Show at Madison Square Garden in New York City… a pass that allowed me access to the behind-the-scenes stables area for the horses and riders. No, I never WAS a rider at the National Horse Show… I never had enough talent (or discipline) for that! But I had friends who WERE that talented! I was 17 and cute and managed to “charm” a pass off of someone! The combination of world class riding talent, New York City and my own youth made it a memorable week! And it was a sad reminder of days of innocence, when virtually ANYONE with a cute smile or a casual link could gain access to the bowels of NY’s Madison Square Garden without having to jump through multiple layers of heavy security! I can’t imagine what security for the National Horse Show must be like THESE days!
Of course, I was telling a good friend about that slice of my life today… and she laughed and said she hadn’t even been born yet! THAT hurt! Waiter, may I have my reality check please? It just serves to remind me that each day is precious… and I should not waste a minute living an unconscious life! Thank you Shareen! I really DID appreciate the reminder!
Another “treasure” I have recovered is my file of old “letters home”… my “travel blogs” from before the internet ruled the world. I have a stack of about 4 inches of old letters which I need to scan into a digital format and get stored in a safer manner. For all of you who have begged me to write a book of my adventures… no, that’s not going to happen… but I will leave behind my letters and you can entertain yourselves in my absence! So far I am too busy enjoying my life to stop and write about it! Who knows… maybe I will spend my waning years collecting my thoughts! Don’t hold your breath though!
Life’s a trip!