Part of the glory of living in the Ozarks is learning how to deal with freezing rain. The important thing to remember is to watch the skies above and listen to your weatherman. During this time of year when the weatherman states that he doesn’t know for sure what will happen other than a mixed bag of precipitation, you better make sure that your pantry is full. When the weatherman states that we will be receiving “accumulating” ice, it is time to fill up the buckets and tubs with water unless you have a generator for your well.
The freezing rain we received on Thanksgiving will be enough to finish off most of the herbs that were still growing, other than that, it is a beautiful sight to behold. This morning we enjoyed our coffee watching the sun come up through the trees, dancing off of the ice droplets that were still clinging to the branches. What a sight! It warmed up to 47 degrees this afternoon and melted what little bit of snow that came with the ice, but I know that was only a small introduction…..getting us ready for the ice to come. Once, we were out of power for 8 days. That experience was a good eye opener for us and we learned a great many things from it. We are more confident about what we are capable of now and while we may not look forward to a future ice storm, we surely do not fear one either. They seem to stop the rush of society for a short time, which is a welcome thing around here.
While searching for pictures to share with you about one of the hardest ice storms we’ve had, I came across an old post by another Ozark blogger, Stitchins House of Prims. She has described pretty well how bad it was with good pictures too. I remember the day after the ice storm, it looked like a war zone. I worked as a rural carrier for the post office at that time and as I drove to work, carefully dodging the power lines that were laying across the road, I was brought to tears over all the trees that were devastated. That was the hardest days work I have ever put in, but rewarding too. Neighbors were working together, checking on each other, cleaning up each others yards, finding the elderly in their neighborhoods and bringing them food…hard times bring people together.
For now though, the Christmas push seems to be on for a lot of people. We have never left the house on “Black Friday” and will only do so feet first! By Monday it is supposed to warm up to at least 56 degrees, I’ll have to start planting in the greenhouse!
Oh, and if we have another major ice storm this year, I’ll be sure to post pictures of it as soon as we get back online!