In for the Duration

It’s already 16 degrees and falling. That’s cold, folks. I know it isn’t ‘way below zero like it was before but cold is cold. I’m sitting here enjoying a steaming cup of Dandy Blend with the Dr. Heater across the room keeping Twinkle and me warm.

I’ve had my library “card” for months and haven’t done anything with it until today. I put “card” in quotes because it isn’t a card—it’s a tag on my keychain (which isn’t a keychain but I won’t get too technical here). I went to Tennessee R.E.A.D.S. and put in my number and the library where I’m registered. I haven’t done much poking around but there seems to be a wealth of information there. I’ve checked out The Unofficial Narnia Cookbook: From Turkish Delight to Gooseberry Fool for starters. (Strange it’s only available in hardcover when I borrowed the Kindle edition.) I doubt I’ll try any of the recipes. I don’t have access to bear meat that I can wrap around apples and roast over a fire. I don’t even know if that one’s in there but it’s a meal that’s stuck in my mind even though it’s never been in my belly. I’m reading the inspiration for the recipes and skimming some to see if they might be viable.

There’s an audio book that looks promising, too. I asked Genese if she has a library card. She doesn’t but I don’t think it would be a big process for her to get one and then she could borrow eBooks and audio books, too.

My neighbor across the street posted a question on Facebook about conditions on the mountain. I hadn’t thought to look out for a while but when I did, either the snow was coming down hard or the wind was blowing what was already there. I’m not nervous about driving in snow. Heaven knows I’ve done my share but I don’t want to be somewhere and not be able to get home. I started trying to call the pulmonologist’s office to reschedule. My cousin had said she would take me but she forgot and couldn’t do it.

The phone would ring and ring and ring and there would be voice mail that answered—except it was just to say that the party I was calling didn’t subscribe to the service. I was just about to give up when it occurred to me that I could call the main hospital number and have the operator connect me. If there was something wrong with the phone and I couldn’t get through, I would have tried everything. That time, as my mother would have said, I was very successful and my appointment has been rescheduled for next month.

A bit later, my cousin called and asked how things were here. I’d been over to feed the cats’n critters and everything was pretty much covered. It wasn’t deep but it was cold and the wind was blowing. She said one of her crew had to drive over the mountain and people were being advised not to unless it was an emergency. I’d been to the mailbox and our road looked passable but I had no idea about the highway.

Twinkle has spent some time on my lap today but it hasn’t been without brief periods of pain. Her fur is a gathering place for static electricity and when I touch her, we both get a bit of a shock. Here ears and nose all got it, causing her to jump. I keep the humidity level up but it must not be enough.

Oh! When I went over to do the feeding, I wore a mask and I didn’t cough as much as I did yesterday. The critters’ cages need to be cleaned out but that’s beyond my capability. Maybe I’m allergic to sugar babies.

It’s getting to be That time of year. My income tax materials have begun to trickle in. This is going to be another first. I’ll have medical expenses to report and that’s something new. I hope it will help get back the 20% penalty withheld for my hearing aids.

Speaking of hearing aids, I haven’t worn them today but I wore them for most of the day both Sabbath and Sunday. I need to make them a regular thing but it’s so easy to ignore them when I’m at home.

I worked on one set of templates for the second quarter lessons today. I think I have them all modified but I’ll go over them again before I upload them to the server.

6 Responses to In for the Duration

  1. Joanie January 21, 2014 at 9:44 pm #

    We were out this evening for a Bible study (near where the Eirichs used to live, on Shaver Rd.). The roads had quite a lot of snow on them in places, but weren’t the least bit slippery. For which I was VERY thankful, even if I wasn’t driving!

    • Tommie January 22, 2014 at 9:22 pm #

      It’s always nice to be comfortable as a passenger!

  2. Mary Jane January 22, 2014 at 9:54 am #

    You could go bear hunting (with a switch?)so you could try that recipe!

    In what form are you getting the books? I just have a regular library card, but I have dozens (or more) of books on my shelves that I’ve never read or would like to read again, plus all those in the church library that would be good/enjoyable to read.

    • Tommie January 22, 2014 at 9:28 pm #

      You’re joking about hunting bears with a switch but I hear there are some roaming the neighborhoods around the university. I haven’t come across a recipe for roasted bear meat yet, anyway.

      The books can be downloaded in Kindle format, read in a browser or some are PDFs. Then there are some that are audio books.

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