Saturday, January 29, 2005

Winter Weather

Today is Kate's birthday. She probably wouldn't appreciate my telling her age, and since it doesn't end in "0", I won't. Happy Birthday, Kate!

It's midafternoon, and we've been having freezing rain since before dawn. I don't think the temperature has dropped below 32F, but the rain has been pretty steady, and there's lots of ice. Our cable and broadband have been out for several hours, but that was mostly during nap-time. 8^) So far (fingers crossed), we haven't had any power problems. Cars have been going up and down the street, so travel doesn't seem to be a problem here in the Valley. I know there are roads closed up on Lookout and Signal Mountains. Our deck and back stairs down from the deck are covered with a sheet of ice.

We have tickets for the Lady Mocs vs ETSU tonight, preceded by a supper given by the Athletic Department for the season-ticket-holders. I'm sure we will make a valiant attempt to get there. And our classes at the John C. Campbell Folk School start tomorrow afternoon, so we'll be watching the roads closely for information on Hwy 64 along the Ocoee River.

Re JCCFS, John will be taking a class in wood-turning, and I'm taking one in gourd decoration. It should be a fun week. We're hoping John really loves the wood-turning. That'll mean that he'll want to get some equipment, and we'll HAVE to clean out the garage so he has room to work. Let's see, now - we've been in this house for 18 years, and we've been threatening for at least 15 years to clean out the garage. LOL

I've been managing to stay fairly calm about the upcoming breast biopsy. Several good friends have had needle biopsies and have had benign results. Of course, a couple of have had malignancies, too. I'm still working on staying calm about the procedure, and trying not to get too far ahead. We certainly can't make any new decisions until we get past the pathology results from the biopsy. Since I have to wait until 8 February for this, I'm glad we had the trip to the Folk School already planned, so I won't be sitting at home trying to "not obssess". It is wonderful to know that there are so many family and friends out there who love me and are holding me up with that love.

I doubt that I'll get any computer access for the next week at the Folk School, so it'll be a few days before I get back. Stay safe and warm!

Thursday, January 27, 2005

First Post

This is a new experience for me, and I hope I will be learning a lot as I go along. I have a new digital camera and a new laptop, so I know I have a lot to learn over the next months and years. Bear with me, and I hope we get to know each other well.