Monday, April 22, 2013

Here We Go Again...

It is never a good thing when the phone rings at 6 a.m. This morning, the ringing woke me, and my first thought was, "Oh, no. It must have snowed a lot during the night, and school is cancelled." Our school district has an automated calling system, and the superintendent's recorded message was indeed telling us school had been cancelled for the day. It's April 22, 2013, and once again, we wake up to a thick blanket of fresh snow.  As always, I'm thankful for the moisture our parched, drought-stricken area is getting, just wishing our April showers could be the wet kind, not the frozen white kind!

Thanks to our snowy conditions, there is a major hitch to the day's plan.  I was supposed to take my mother to an appointment with her glaucoma specialist today.  He's in Rapid City, SD, which is 140 miles away.  The snow is all the way across between here and there, no travel is advised, and schools are closed in most of the towns along the way.  We are just not going to be able to make the trip.  This will be the second time Mom's appointment has had to be rescheduled due to bad weather.  The pressure was up in one of her eyes at her last visit with the doctor in February, so he put her on some new medication to try and get the pressure back down.  Since mom already has permanent damage to her eye from the glaucoma, it is very important to get the pressure down so no further damage happens.  The doctor wanted to see her again in 3-4 weeks to make sure the medication was working.  It has now been twice that length of time, and I am praying that the medicine is working and the pressure is down in her eye, whether we know it for sure or not.  I hope she will not have to wait long to get another appointment, and that we will have good weather for travel on that day.  The third time's the charm, right?

The Weather Channel has named this wintry storm Zeus.  Since it is the last letter of the alphabet, I hope it will also be the last winter storm we have until next fall or winter.  No more alphabet, no more storms!

Here are some of this morning's view on this fine spring day.  If you are getting Zeused along with us, stay warm and safe today.

The "Christmas tree" across the street.

The idle windmill. 

I wish the rain gauge was measuring rain...

The birds might have a hard time finding their breakfast in this bird feeder!

I love the sunflower's snowy beard!

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