Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Cold, Rainy Day with Possible Snow Tomorrow

I have lived in Mississippi for most of my life, except for a brief stint in Alaska working offshore. I don't ever recall snow flurries this far south and this early. Snow came in January to early April. In 2009 and 2010, there was so much snow, it was affecting the going out for the day plans.

Gone years without seeing appreciable snow and now it's snow every winter. Granted, we only get about an inch or two, but it's on the ground snow none the less. The bridges ice up quickly and it's a wrecker driver's dream. Cars by the dozen off in the median or flipped upside in the middle of the road in curves kind of dream. Moderate snowfall can literally shut down the state, too. Us born and bred and lived here all our lives Mississippians just aren't use to driving on snow or ice. I'll do it, but I don't like it.

Mom had a doctor's appointment today, but it's too cold and wet for her to get out. We scheduled it for next week when the highs should be in the upper 50s to low 60s. At 93, she stresses easy and old folk's stress can lead to pneumonia quick. I've noticed she coughs more after laying down for a few hours.

Mom's gotta live one more year because she wants to use the tiny camper I'm building for our day trips to Vicksburg or Natchez for lunch. We use to do that a lot ten years ago. Go out to my farm and check on things then ride to Vicksburg for lunch and do a little shopping. It made for such a pleasant day getting out of the house for a while. With the tiny camper, she can rest when she wants and use the toilet without being concerned of germs or fungi.

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