I suppose November doesn’t bring wind storms to all of you, but around here the first thing that comes to mind when I think of November is wind – and lots of it!
When we were young teenagers and riding horses, November terrified me. I remember sitting in typing class staring out the window dreading that I had to go down to the barn and face the dark, rain soaked path that we had to ride to get to our lesson at the riding club. Waiting in my class as the last few minutes ticked away on the clock, I would look around at my classmates laughing and counting the minutes until the bell, jealous that all they had to do was go home and watch TV and I had to go face certain death!
My horse in particular was spooked by the winds rushing through his legs and the dangling branches thrashing overhead. The ditch of water next to the path and the cars speeding down the road we had to cross had me spooked as well. And what they say is true – horses can smell your fear! Regularly my horse would take off and tear down the path, right across the road and rear up at the gate to the club. Yes, November was not my favorite time of year.
Now, I live in a very different fear of November. All over America people go online to shop in these last few weeks before Christmas. And hopefully a few of them will find their way to our stores, (allowing Susan and I to stay home with our little ones.) But, when the wind blows here, the power goes out. No power, no phone lines, no business! And not to mention, even a few hours without computers, we all get very behind in our work.
Today all the other surrounding suburbs, and even most of our neighborhood, have been without power. By some strange miracle, we have had our power all day. But with constant power surges, we have chosen to keep our computers unplugged to protect them. Fortunately our phone lines have been fine and so we have been able to keep up with customer service.
I am risking it tonight, and hoping my laptop surge protector will keep me safe. Susan’s DSL connection is down now though, so she is unable to get anything done on her computer. She is terribly behind on getting new listings up and answering emails and wanted me to let you know that she is so sorry.
Hopefully this huge storm will pass quickly and the power and phone lines will be working soon for everyone. Power outages are not fun for anyone!
How is the weather where you are? What months are the stormiest for you?
P.S. We have only had wind and rain so far. No snow yet. The picture I posted yesterday for Wordless Wednesday was from a local ski mountain that we and our friends visited this weekend. (No skiing – just playing in the snow.)
P.P.S. Sorry I didn’t go out and get a great photo of the storm to post here, but it is really cold and miserable out there! Jackson is home sick, so we haven’t ventured outside all day. I opened the door a couple of times and quickly shut it, relieved that Jackson happened to get sick this week! What a perfect day to stay home and snuggle up with a blanket.