Monday, January 26, 2009

Stuff and Junk

"Stuff and Junk" meaning that I have nothing of importance to say, but am posting anyway, just so my faithful readers (bless you) will know that I'm still alive.

I've been absent from the blogs for over a week now, neither posting nor commenting very much, although I have sneaked a quick look at a few of my favorite blogs from time to time.

It's year-end wrap up and new year start up at the church where I volunteer as treasurer, and I'm much involved in both, with a few more days to go before I can draw even a shallow sigh of relief.

Although I'm scheduled to "man" the office only from 9 to noon, I had a full 9 to 5 job today with no lunch break (I did raid the church kitchen and found some cheese and crackers, and made a pot of coffee; I'm in no danger of starvation) since I sloughed off last week and didn't go in on the MLK holiday. (One advantage to being the Monday office volunteer is that most US holidays are scheduled on Monday.)

The anticipated icy precipitation started about fifteen minutes before I left the church office. I had to take some mail to the post office located about 4 miles from the church, and by the time I arrived there my car was covered with a light coating of ice. I haven't taken time to check the weather forecast to see if much accumulation is anticipated, but will do so shortly. There's nothing at all I can do about freezing rain (nor any other sort of weather), but it focuses my worrying.

I would very much like to have some sort of wood-burning device in my home in case the electricity goes out, which it is wont to do when we have ice storms. I have a gas furnace, but the ignition and fan that distributes the heat is electricity-driven, so that's that. My gas stove oven won't work, either, if there's no electricity. For all my gas appliances, I might just as well live in an all-electric home when the power is out.

It's at times like these that a tropical island looks really good!


Rose said...

I share your wish for a wood burning device...partly for in case electric goes out...we have gas heat but no good without electricity. But I also want one just to have a fire and smell the wood smoke.

Hilary said...

Stay warm and safe, Pat. Find some extra blankets and candles and know that we're thinking of you. Some of those thoughts might help keep you warm.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Oh Pat, I'm sorry! I did look again at your profile and realized that you are in Jacksonville. I hope you don't get too much ice. That's scary. Hugs and prayers are with you.

Ruth Hull Chatlien said...

I hope you're doing well.

jinksy said...

Brrrr! I've kept my heating low this morning so's I can sympathise...!

(really it's because I can't tear myself away fron the keyboard long enough to turn up the thermostat!)xxx

Suldog said...

Good luck on staying warm. Seems that much of the country is experiencing these below-normal temps. We're in the single figures in the Boston area the past two nights.

Anonymous said...

Yes,Pat, there really is nothing quite like the sight and smell of wood burning. I can only imagine how brrrrrr it would be without any heat in that extreme cold. Snuggle under the duvets...and I've just thought...what to do about hot food with no stove or electricty? I think you are going to have to get a woodburner, and soon.

Carolina said...

Since I did not want to litter your other commentslist agaihain:
Just noticed that you joined the happy bunch of 'followers' for which I'm very grateful. Welcome dear Pat, you intelligent and lovely woman. Big hug and smile!

And thanks for reminding me that I promised hubs to have a roaring fire in the fireplace when he returns from riding his horse in the freezing cold. Nothing beats a woodburning fire. Sorry! I will be thinking of you when I light it ;-)
Hope you'll have a woodburner really soon, if at all possible. All the best!