We woke this morning to snow on the ground, with more falling and more predicted to fall. Not quite the way I wanted to see things, well into April, weeks after the official beginning to Spring. Sunshine, flowers, warm breezes, singing birds: these are what I wanted. Didn't get it.
But I also saw the weather and news out of the area we moved from. Central Alabama was looking at predictions last night for SNOW!! And they've been having heavy weather: storms and tornadoes. Ditto for our one-time home in western Arkansas. Snow last night in east Tennessee, friends sent us pictures of the heavy snow on Mount Leconte there. Snow on mountain roads is no fun, altogether too "exciting" for me.
It's snowing here right now. We're just a fraction above freezing, so it's melting on the warm surfaces like roads. So, right around sunset, that temperature will fall to below freezing, and the morning commute over ice-covered roads will be "interesting". Since tomorrow is Saturday, there should be much less traffic, which is a good thing. And the temperature tomorrow and the ensuing days is supposed to be MUCH warmer -- predicted high for tomorrow is 57°. Sunday 72°, and Monday 77°! All in a few days!
I gripe about the cold weather. Never did like it. Never will.
On the other hand ..... our time in central Alabama was tough. The employer that brought us there, went through a major "restructure" when we'd only been there a short while, under six months in fact. Leaving us in A Bad Way. I finally found work, but at a pay scale under half of my "normal" income, and Wife's illnesses were advancing fast, meaning it was getting expensive. Imagine living in a mobile home in the Deep South without air conditioning. We did. Our central system/heat pump thing died only a year into our 7-year sojourn. The repair estimate was thou$and$$ which we simply did not have. And, we were living in a "park" which prohibited the window units. You like living in a tin box when the air outside is 97° or above, with a relative humidity of 90% of more without A/C? We had to do so. I cobbled together something to help a bit, a unit that sat beside the dining table, and it helped some, but I had to carry out a tub full of condensate, gallons of it, every single day. Got heavy. The employer broke EVERY promise made me, including the pay raises that were, by solemn vow, supposed to take place. Multiple solemn vows and promises, every single one of them broken.
So, when we left, we left behind high temperatures, etc. Coming to cold ones. We can and do put another blanket on the bed, crank up the gas fireplace that provides all our heat, and wear a sweater. We get by. Perfect situation? Of course not. But the lights are on, there's food in the refrigerator and pantry, and we beat the odds once again.
Blessings don't always feel like them when they happen. Only later on, in retrospect, do we sometimes say, "OH!! NOW I see!"
Wife is next door with the Great-Niece. Wasn't part of the plan, but niece got called into work on her day off. She's set to go on maternity leave in about six weeks, so the money is helpful. And her employer, which I won't name, has some of the most inept incompetent management I've yet seen, which is saying something. So Wife is enjoying some time with the Little One. I "got" to take niece's dog out for a walk earlier, did about a mile in 32.5° temperatures with snow falling and a wind. Did us both good, I guess, but my ears got cold, and the rest of me too: I'd put away the heavy coats a week ago thinking All This Winter was behind us. Wrong! So dog got to "mark" every utility pole and storm drain grate in the area, and defecated on the lot of the Muslim business down the street. Editorial comment, I think.
The Old Testament reading is chapters 20 and 21 of the Judges. This concludes the readings in Judges for this year's schedule. Tomorrow, a substantial change.
This shows just how far gone the people were, and how things had gone FAR off track! And worse yet to come! We will see more trouble from the tribe of Benjamin, in a very short time.
From the New Testament today, verses 1-28 from Luke 11.
This contains portion we often call the "Lord's Prayer". It is certainly important. But so is the rest of the passage.